Yoni Mudra (attitude of the womb or source): Technique, Benefits, Precautions

The word Yoni stands for ‘womb’ or the ‘source.’ Yoni mudra is a mudra that invokes the primary energy or shakti inherently present in the source of creation or the womb.

What is a mudra?

Mudra is a Sanskrit word that means “seal”, “mark” or a “gesture.”

It can be considered as subtle physical movements that affect the mood, perception, awareness, and concentration levels of a person.

Mudra may involve the whole body, where practices of asana, pranayama, bandha and visualization techniques are combined to make one mudra. Or, a mudra can just be a simple hand gesture.

In Kularnava Tantra, mudras are also defined as a ‘seal’, ‘short-cut’, or ‘circuit by-pass. [2]

Mudras serve as a direct link between the annamaya kosha (the physical body); manomaya kosha (the mental body); and pranamaya kosha(the pranic body).

Mudras are used to balance the flow of prana in the body. Redirect subtle energy to the upper chakras to induce higher states of consciousness.

Mudras can lead to the awakening of the pranas, chakras and kundalini. When perfected and practiced for a long time, they alone can bestow major siddhis and psychic powers to a practitioner.

Mention of Yoni Mudra in Scripture

Yonimudra; Verse 38, Chapter 3, The Gheranda Samhita Image
Verse 38, Chapter 3, The Gheranda Samhita

Translation

“The great Yonimudra is to be kept secret. It is hard to obtain even for the gods. As soon as he masters it the yogi is sure to enter samadhi.” [1]

Yonimudra; Verse 5, Chapter 7, The Gheranda Samhita Image
Verse 5, Chapter 7, The Gheranda Samhita

Translation

“By means of Shambhavi, Bhramari, Khechari, and Yonimudra, four types of samadhi arise: dhyana, nada, rasananda, and laya siddhi.” [1]

Yonimudra; Verse 12, Chapter 7, The Gheranda Samhita Image
Verse 12, Chapter 7, The Gheranda Samhita

Translation

“By performing Yonimudra, the yogi can himself become one with Shakti. In the bliss of sexual love, he can sport in the supreme self.”[1]

Yoni Mudra
Yoni Mudra Main
Source: Ambuja Yoga

Technique

  1. Take a comfortable meditation posture such that your head and spine is straight.
  2. Place the palms of your hands together with the fingers and thumbs straight and pointing away from the body.
  3. Place the pads of your index fingers together and the turn your little, ring and middle fingers inwards such that the back of these fingers are touching.
  4. Then interlock your little, ring and middle finger.
  5. Stretch the thumb towards the body and join the pads of the fingers together to form the base of a yoni or womb shape.
  6. The elbows might naturally turn to the sides while performing this mudra. That is good as it helps to open up the chest area.
a person practicing yoni mudra
Yoni Mudra Variation
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Variation

  • Yoni mudra can also be performed by just interlocking the little, ring and middle fingers without turning them inwards.
  • The thumbs can be outstretched (with their pads touching) towards the body or the thumbs can be crossed in front of the out-stretched index fingers.

Duration

Beginners can practice this mudra for 15 to 20 minutes. As you gain experience you can stretch it to 30 minutes. Like most yogic/meditative practices a light stomach is preferred before commencing the practice.

Benefits

  • Yoni mudra links energies from the right hand into the left hand and vice versa. This helps in balancing the energies of the body.
  • It helps to balance the activities of the right and the left hemispheres of the brain.
  • It intensifies the flow of prana (vital energy) in the body.
  • It helps in maintaining pranic balance between the koshas.
  • It prevents from prana being dispersed out of the body.
  • This mudra helps to make the mind and the body calm and stable during meditation.
  • Increases concentration and awareness.

Precautions

  • According to yogic tradition and in established ashrams, mudras are usually introduced later, i.e., when proficiency has been attained in asana, pranayama and bandha. This is because first the gross body blockages are removed, and then through mudras the subtle blockages are targeted.
  • Always begin any Yoga practice for the minimum duration.
  • Always listen to your body and be aware of how it is responding to a practice. If it starts troubling you then stop the practice.

References

  1. Book: The Gheranda Samhita: The Original Sanskrit and an English Translation, edited by James Malinson
  2. Book: Yoga Darshan: Vision of the Yoga Upanishads by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
  3. Book: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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