Learn about the meaning, benefits, and how to do Pitta Naashak Mudra. It’s recommended for those with a Pitta dosha.
Definition – What is Pitta Naashak Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?
Pitta Pacifying Mudra is also known as Pitta Naashak Mudra in Sanskrit. This Mudra is also known as Kapha Karak. This Mudra is made of three different Sanskrit words, so to understand this Mudra better, let us break it down into simple terms.
Pitta – “Pitta” is one of the three “Doshas” (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha).
Nashak – “destroyer or pacifier.”
Mudra – Hasta “Mudra” or “Hand gesture/seal.”
Let’s try to understand Pitta better:
There are three Doshas which are made of 5 Tatva or elements:
Vata = Air + Ether.
Pitta = Fire + Water.
Kapha = Earth + Water.
As we have seen, Pitta is made of two elements the Agni Dhatu, or the fire element, and the Water dhatu, or the water element. These three Doshas contain different characteristics and different traits. So, every individual has specific traits and characteristics determined by their body type. To determine whether a person has the Pitta Dosha, we need to examine the trait and personality of the person. We need to note their habit pattern; accordingly, we can tell whether this person has the Pitta Dosha or some other Dosha. People with Pitta Doshas are generally highly intelligent and competitive. They can control their thirst and hunger and generally have good control over their body temperature.
According to Yogic texts, all our fingers represent one of the elements. For example, the thumbs represent the Fire or Agni element, and our small or pinky fingers represent the water element.
So, Pitta Dosha is a combination of small fingers and thumbs.
Pitta = Fire + Water = Thumb + Little finger.
Pitta Doshas are quick learners, have a medium build, and are highly goal oriented.
These people are more likely to suffer from pale eye color, pale urination, and pale skin. These people also suffer from Sleep-related problems. They sweat a lot, so they have a bad body odor. It can even cause stomach-related issues such as diarrhea and constipation.
To tackle the Pitta, this Mudra can be practiced.
Pitta Pacifying Mudra, Kapha Karak.
How to Do Pitta Naashak Mudra?
- This Mudra is generally performed with concentration, so it should be performed while either sitting in a comfortable meditative posture or relaxing in Shavasana or corpse pose.
- However, to gain maximum benefits of this Mudra, start by sitting in a comfortable meditative posture (Sukhasana or Padmasana).
- Keep your neck and spine comfortably erect.
- Start by resting both of your palms comfortably on your knee.
- Gently close your eyes.
- Now, slowly, and gently join your last two fingertips (Little finger and ring finger) with the tip of your Thumb.
- The remaining fingers of the right hand will remain comfortably extended (ring finger, little finger, & Thumb).
- Observe this dark space behind your eyes and try to practice breath awareness or the Bharmari Pranayama.
- Breathe deeper and longer. With every passing breath, make your breathing even deeper. Do not lose awareness of your breath.
- Witness your entire mind and body.
Pitta Naashak Mudra Benefits
- It stabilizes the mind, body, and soul. It helps to establish that mind, body, and soul connection.
- It helps to balance the Pitta Dosha, which is often caused by the imbalances caused by the Fire and the water element inside the body.
- If you have forgetfulness, hyperthyroidism, sensitivity to noise, and anger-related issues, then in all such cases, it will help you.
- It helps to regulate stomach-related issues such as constipation and diarrhea.
- If you are suffering from sleep-related issues, then you should practice it. This will help to improve the quality of your sleep.
- If practiced injunction of pranayama, it relieves stress, reduces anger issues, and gives more clarity toward life goals.
- It also helps to tackle bad body odor and helps to control excessive sweating.
- If you have heat intolerance, then it will help.
Pitta Naashak Mudra Precautions and Contraindications
Similar to all other Mudra practices, it has no side effects.
However, there are a few things to consider:
- If you already have excess Kapha Dosha, you should not practice it.
- Make sure to place the last two fingers together at their respective places and gently touch the thumb tips; otherwise, you will not receive proper benefits from this.
- Keep your spine comfortably erect.
- Make sure to practice this Mudra on both of your hands.
When and how long to do Pitta Naashak Mudra?
- This Mudra can be practiced if you suffer from problems that the Pitta Dosha causes.
- If your mind keeps wandering and you find it very hard to sleep on time, practicing this Mudra could help you improve your sleep.
- This Mudra can be practiced when you need to increase your Kapha element.
Morning is the ideal time to do any yoga or Mudra. Our brain is at its best in the morning and during the daytime. 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, you can do this Mudra later in the evening too.
Practicing this Mudra for a minimum of 30-40 minutes daily is recommended. Whether you wish to complete it in one stretch or two threes that last between 10 and 15 minutes, it’s up to you. 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 Pitta Naashak Mudra
There are three types of breathing we can practice with this Mudra.
- Abdominal Breathing.
- Thoracic Breathing.
- Yogic Breathing (Abdominal Breathing, Thoracic Breathing & Clavicle breathing.)
Visualization in Pitta Naashak Mudra
- Visualize your goal.
- The plans that only you understood that nobody else did.
- Things that you wanted to do.
- Visualize yourself winning your plans.
Affirmation in Pitta Naashak Mudra
While practicing this, Keep a positive intention. Start with:
“I am decluttering my mind; I do not allow my mind to be cluttered.”
The Pitta Naashak Mudra is a yoga Mudra, or hand gesture, that has a cooling effect on the body. It is often used to decrease the body’s Pitta or fire energy. Practicing this Mudra can help cool the liver and spleen, improve digestion, and relieve stress. If you’re interested in learning more about this and other Mudras, check out our Mudras Certification Course. This course offers comprehensive instruction on all 108 Mudras, including their benefits, how to do them, and when to use them for maximum benefit.