What’s a Good Mudra for the Abdominal Chakra?


What's a good mudra for the abdominal chakra?

Specifically for energizing the entire gastric system ?

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—Som, Ind


Dear Som,

One of the most effective techniques for the abdominal chakra (manipura chakra) is Uddiyana Bandha – Stomach Lift. There are some strenuous versions of Uddiyana Bandha, but in the Ananda Yoga approach, it’s done gently, and usually with the breath held out.

Here is the technique: As you finish an exhalation, lightly engage your abdominal muscles, smoothly and gently squeezing in toward your spine. Hold your abdomen in for as long as is comfortable. When you need to inhale, relax the abdominal contraction and let your belly expand with the inhalation.

You’ll also find in the Energization Exercises that Paramhansa Yogananda taught, a variation on the above technique.

Blessings on your spiritual journey.

In divine friendship,
Nayaswami Pranaba


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