Apana Vayu Mudra: Meaning, Benefits, and How to Do

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Learn everything you need to know about the Apana Vayu Mudra, including what it is, how to do it, and the benefits you can expect.

Definition – What is Apana Vayu Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?

Heart diseases are common today due to poor eating habits and lifestyles. People eat unhealthy foods such as fast, oily, and junk food. These unhealthy foods make us more susceptible to developing heart disease.

Like the above, daily habits like smoking, sleeping late, not exercising, drinking and drinking can negatively impact your heart health.

Heart problems are common in people between 50-60 years old. Even younger people, aged 25-30, are now experiencing heart problems like hypertension or high blood pressure.

Many Yoga Mudras can be used to manage the energies of our bodies and prevent heart disease. One such Mudra is Apana Vayu Mudra.

Apana Vayu Mudra, also known as Mrit-Sanjeevni Mudra.

Apana Vayu Mudra is a healing Mudra that primarily aids in treating heart-related disorders. Apana Vayu Mudra rescues us from death caused by heart attacks and other heart-related issues.

Imbalances mainly cause heart-related disorders in the Earth, Fire, and Air elements.

Apana Vayu Mudra is a gesture of the thumb and middle fingers. This Mudra increases the earth element with the fire element and decreases the air element in the body.

Alternate Name of Apana Vayu Mudra

Mrit-Sanjeevni Mudra.

How to Do Apana Vayu Mudra?

  • Apana Vayu Mudra looks like a mixture of Shunya Mudra and Apana Mudra. This Mudra involves movement of the thumb and index fingers, as well as the middle finger and ring fingers.
  • You can start by assuming a meditative posture.
  • This Mudra requires that you join the tip of your thumb with the tips of your middle and ring fingers. Next, touch the base of your thumb with the index finger.
  • You should do it with both hands. 
  • Your index finger should be bent so its tip touches the thumb’s base. 
  • Next, let the tips of your middle and ring fingers touch the thumb’s tip. Continue to extend the little finger. 
  • You can do this for as long as you feel the effect. 
  • For therapeutic benefits, it is recommended that you practice this three times per day for fifteen minutes.

Apana Vayu Mudra Benefits

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  • Apana Vayu Mudra is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health.
  • Apana Vayu Mudra, as mentioned previously, is particularly beneficial for heart disease. It helps in Heart Disease Prevention. These are some heart conditions that can be treated with the help of this Mudra.
  • This Mudra balances out the excess air element which causes the shrinking of heart arteries. It cures Shrinking Heart Arteries. The arteries’ walls become normal as a result. 
  • Many believed the nervous system was made up of Earth- and Ether elements. Apana Vayu Mudra balances these elements within the body and thus soothes the nervous system. It reduces nervousness.
  • This Mudra can also be used to reduce anxiety and other negative emotions.
  • Improves Digestion.
  • The regular practice of Apana Vayu Mudra helps to detoxify the body. This Mudra also includes the flow of ether and earth elements. These elements are responsible for detoxifying the body. 
  • Reduces the risk of developing respiratory-related problems.

Apana Vayu Mudra Precautions and Contraindications

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  • You should take precautions while performing this Mudra to get better results. Make sure you follow every necessary condition to keep your heart healthy.
  • You should perform the Kapha Mudra with care if you are posing the Kapha constitution.
  • Do not force your fingers to do any action. Be gentle and gently touch them.

When and how long to do Apana Vayu Mudra?

  • This Mudra can be practiced to keep the heart healthy and active.
  • It can be practiced to keep the respiratory system healthy.

Mudras are best performed between 4 and 6 AM.

For any yoga, a fresh mind is the best. Our mind is at its best in the morning. There is not much noise during this time of day. This allows us to focus better and relax our minds.

This Mudra is best performed in the morning.

 A Mudra should be performed for at least 20 minutes to get the best results. For Apana Vayu Mudras, it is recommended to do a 30–40-minute session. You can still do the exercise in the evening if you are unable or unwilling to do it in the morning.

Breathing in Apana Vayu Mudra

  • You can practice Sign (What we call a sign of relief with this Mudra practice), inhale through your nose, and exhale through your mouth.

Visualization in Apana Vayu Mudra

Picture a red rosebud inside your heart. When you exhale, the petals open, and eventually, the whole flower opens. With each inhale, the petals form a rosette. The rosette grows larger until the flower rests on your chest. It is even possible to feel its weight. The flower is like your chest, rhythmically rising or falling as you breathe. You might even be able to imagine the rose’s fragrance.

Affirmation in Apana Vayu Mudra

I have the time and leisure to enjoy beauty and silence.”


The Apana Vayu Mudra is a potent gesture that can be used to improve your health in a variety of ways. By stimulating the Apana Vayu, you can help to cleanse and detoxify your body, as well as increase circulation and boost energy levels. If you’re interested in learning this and other Mudras, we recommend our Mudras Certification Course. This course covers all 108 Mudras so that you can learn about their individual benefits and begin incorporating them into your meditation practice today.

Divyansh Sharma
Divyansh is Yoga, Meditation & Kinesiology Teacher who has been practicing Yoga and Meditation Since 2011. The Idea of correlating Yoga with Modern Sciences fascinates him the most & to feed his curiosity, he keeps on exploring new things every day. He has accomplished a Master's in Yogic Sciences, E-RYT-200, and RYT-500.

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