Everything you need to know about Jalodar Nashak Mudra. Find out how it is practiced and what benefits you can avail yourself of from this ancient yogic practice.
What is Jalodar Nashak Mudra? Its Meaning, References, and Mythology
Jalodar Nashak Mudra is a type of Yogic gesture/seal or Hasta Mudra.
To understand the literal meaning of this Mudra, let’s break it into simple terms.
Jalodar can be broken into two words Jal + Udar
Jal can be translated into water
Udar can be translated into Stomach
Nashak can be translated as Destroyer.
So, we can understand that the literal meaning of this Mudra is a gesture that can remove excessive water.
The word, Jalodar in Sanskrit also stands for conditions such as “edema” or “dropsy.” These conditions are related to the retention of fluid at abnormal places.
It promotes the balance of water elements in our bodies. It removes excess water from our bodies, especially from the stomach. The little finger denotes the water element in our body. Our body can retain extra water, which can cause you to look slighter and heavier than you are, so this Mudra also prevents that from happening.
It is one of the Mudras that has healing properties. It helps keep the body and skin moisturized, preventing any sort of dryness that we come across, especially in the months of winter. Those who have dry skin type can easily benefit from this Mudra practice.
It helps to stop excessive urination and minimizes the mineral that we lose due to polyurination. Polyurination is a condition when a person urinates more frequently than he should and lose salt & minerals.
It also helps in pain caused by heavy menstruation & cramps. During the periods, women can face heavy menstruation & cramps. This helps to regulate it and minimizes its effects.
Some people have a greater tendency to have a runny nose and watery eyes, which can even prevent it.
How to do Jalodar Nashak Mudra?
- This Mudra does require you to perform while you are seated in any meditative posture, as this Mudra requires more attention.
- It is believed that to maximize the benefits of this Mudra, you should practice it during meditation practices. You can start by sitting in Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Posture) or Lotus Posture (Padma Asana)
- Rest both of your hands comfortably on your knees. Palms facing upward towards the sky.
- Keep all the fingers and thumb extended.
- Now, Bend your little finger from its second joint and try to touch the base of your thumb with the little finger’s tip.
- Now, slowly and gently touch your thumb on the back of your little finger.
- Make sure to repeat the same on both of your hands.
- Keep your neck and spine comfortably straight.
- Completely close your eyes.
- Practice deep breathing.
- You can perform this Mudra while practicing different forms of meditation and pranayama.
Benefits of Jalodar Nashak Mudra
- It reduces swelling throughout the body due to the tendency of our body to retain more fluid than it should.
- It helps to overcome problems and difficulties associated with imbalances caused by the water element.
- It helps with dry skin as well. And helps to keep the skin moisturized, which helps to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
- It prevents hyperacidity and diarrhea.
- It removes impurities from our blood.
- It helps to control the condition of polyurination. So, we do not lose our salts and minerals excessively.
- It relieves heavy menstruation and cramps.
Precautions and Contraindications of Jalodar Nashak Mudra
- Drink adequate water while practicing but make sure not to take excessive water. For a healthy adult, 2-3 Litres of water a day is enough.
- Make sure that you are not putting excessive pressure on your fingers.
- Practice it in meditative postures to gain maximum benefits.
- Make sure to remain active throughout the day. Do not stay in a single place for too long.
- Experts recommend not to practice this Mudra daily, if you have some conditions, then only you should practice it, otherwise, practice it once in a while.
When and How long to do Jalodar Nashak Mudra?
- This Mudra can be practiced when you feel that your body retains too much water.
- This Mudra can be practiced if you feel that your eyes, nose, and mouth produce too many fluids.
- If you experience too many cramps and menstruation during periods.
- You can practice this if you want to remove problems caused by the water element.
Morning is the ideal time to do any yoga or Mudra. In the morning, at this time during the daytime, our brain is at its best. So, you are more likely to be able to concentrate easily. Therefore, you should practice this Mudra from 4 am and 6 am to get the most effective outcomes.
If you are having difficulty with this during the morning hours, you can do this Mudra later in the evening too.
It is recommended to practice this Mudra for about 20-40 minutes only when needed. It’s up to you whether you wish to complete it in one stretch or in two threes that last between 10 and 15 minutes. Based on research, the best way to practice an exercise for at least 20 minutes is to get the best benefits of that particular Mudra.
Breathing in Jalodar Nashak Mudra
To enhance your practice, you can practice this breathing technique with this Mudra.
- Abdominal breathing, when you inhale, let the belly come out and when you exhale, let the belly relax comfortably in.
Visualization in Jalodar Nashak Mudra
Visualize that you are letting go of excessive Jal from your body. Visualize positive traits that you want to achieve in your life; Experience and visualize joy, and freedom within yourself that you will have when the goal has been reached—when your wish is fulfilled
Affirmation in Jalodar Nashak Mudra
While practicing this, Keep a positive intention. Start with: I trust the divine energy. Everything will be alright.
Jalodar Nashak Mudra is a powerful hand gesture that has many benefits. It helps to improve eyesight, cure diseases, and increase vitality. The mudra is also said to bring good luck and prosperity. If you are interested in learning more about this mudra or want to try it out, consider signing up for our Mudra Certification Course. In this course, you will learn 108 different mudras and their benefits.