Shambhavi Mahamudra – Steps – Benefits

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In yoga, mudras and kriyas are used to move energy around the body. One such way of doing so is called the Shambhavi mudra (which is also called the Bhairavi mudra and the Eyebrow Gazing mudra).

Steps:

  1. Sit in any meditative asana like Padmasana, Siddhasana,Sukhasana orSwastikasana.
  2. The fingers can assume Jnana mudra or Chin mudra and the palms can rest on the knees.
  3. Shambhavi mudra is nothing but gazing at the eyebrow center. With our eyes we cannot actually see the place where the two eyebrows meet. But an attempt is made to focus the vision between the eyebrows. Roll both the eyes upwards and try to gaze at the eyebrow center.
  4. When you do this, you will be able to see the two eyebrows as two curved lines meeting at the center. It forms a kind of V-shaped line with a dip at the center.



  5. Concentrate the eyes on this dip in the lower center region of the V-shaped line.
  6. Maintain this position for as long as you can. Initially, the eye muscles will start to pain after few seconds or within minutes. Relax the eyes and bring it back to the normal position. Rest for some time and try again. With practice one can maintain this gaze for longer period of time.
  7. Breathe normally during the practice. As you proceed with the meditation technique, your breath will slow down and become more subtle.

Benefits:

  • Reduced risk of heart diseases and better cardiac functioning
  • Improved attention.
  • Enhanced Mental Capabilities
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Increased alertness, awareness, and relaxation
  • Reduction in menstrual problems.
  •  Shambhavi mudra activates the Ajna chakra.
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