A yoga hand position called Shankh Mudra is a sacred hand gesture that resembles the shape of a ‘conch’ or ‘chank’. It is believed that this is a good alternative gesture to ‘Namaste’ or Anjali Mudra. The mudra is symbolized by the horn of the conch shell, usually, while worshiping, chanting mantras, and meditation, the conch shell mudra is made with the hands.
The conch shell or conch is a musical instrument that is a sacred symbol played in Hindu ritual purification ceremonies as a symbol of auspiciousness.
Shankh Mudra Meaning And How It is Work
The word Shankh stands for “Conch Shell” and Mudra represents the “Hand Gesture”.
Just as the conch is a symbol of auspiciousness, the conch shell is a symbol of shining a divine light on our inner temple. It removes physical, spiritual, and material impurities, and stimulates the Vishuddhi Chakra (throat chakra).
Making this special type of figure with the hands is called ‘Conch Shell Gesture’. The five elements are present in the fingers of the hands. Like the fire element in the thumb, the air element in the index finger, the sky element in the middle finger, the earth element in the ring finger, and the water element in the little finger.
In Shankha Mudra, the pressure of the thumb of one hand falls on the palm of the other hand and the pressure of the bent fingers of the other hand falls on the thumb of the same hand. The thumb represents the element of fire. And the pressure of the fingers around it controls the pitta of the body. Due to which this pressure affects the navel and throat glands.
Thus, the conch shell is helpful in a good melodious voice and strong speaking power. Due to the effect of this mudra on the glands of the throat, the vocal cords are fine, there is sweetness in speech, and speech power also increases.
How to Do Shankh Mudra
- To do Shankh Yoga Mudra, first of all, lay a yoga mat, mat on the ground.
- To do the Shankha yoga posture, sit in a comfortable position on the yoga mat in Vajrasana, Sukhasana, Ardha Padmasana, Siddhasana or Padmasana. This mudra can also be done while sitting on a chair.
- You have to keep your spine straight. Bring both hands in front of the chest.
- Encircle the left thumb with the fingers of your right hand.
- Touch the thumb of the right hand with the tip of the middle finger of the left hand
- Keep your left-hand parallel to the other fingers of the middle finger.
- Hold this arrangement of fingers so that your hands look like a conch shell.
- Maintain this posture near the chest.
- Close your eyes and chant Aum. Now feel the resonance of Aum within you. And focus on taking deep breaths.
- While doing this exercise, you need to do this mudra with concentration. Only after that you can feel the energy in your body.
- You have to do this for 10 to 15 minutes.
- After the prescribed time of practice, slowly open your eyes.
- Separate your hands and bring them back to your thighs or knees.
- Relax and breathe freely.
Time & Duration
Shankh Mudra can be practiced daily for 15 minutes to 40 minutes. Practicing this mudra in the morning and in the evening is more fruitful. However, ideally, the mudra can be practiced for 10-10 minutes in the morning, and evening.
Shankh Mudra Benefits
- The conch shell gesture is related to the navel chakra. Therefore, there is a lot of effect on the nervous system of the body.
- By the practice of Shankh mudra, children’s stuttering, stuttering, hoarseness, and many other vocal disorders are corrected.
- It strengthens the nerves (nervous system) and digestive system. Doing it regularly helps in increasing appetite.
- If you do Ujjayi Pranayama and Throne separately for only five minutes with this mudra, then you will be free from throat diseases. Thus, Shankh mudr is popularly known as Shankh Thyroid Mudra.
- Helps to calm and soothe the mind.
- Due to the effect of this mudra on the glands of the throat, the vocal cords are fine, there is sweetness in the speech.
- Shankh Mudra controls allergic disorders, especially urticaria.
A yoga hand position called shakha mudra arranges the hands in the shape of a conch, centered on the heart directly under the throat which instills confidence.
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