A step-by-step guide on how to do Yoni Mudra during meditation. This is one of the most powerful practices for healing the womb and can be done easily in any yoga pose or in a simple seated position.
What is Yoni Mudra? Its Meaning, References, and Mythology
Yoni Mudra is an “Hasta Mudra” or hand gesture/seal. It is also known as a Womb gesture or seal. This Mudra symbolizes a female genital organ or womb.
This Mudra emphasizes a mental state where we completely cut off ourselves from the external world, just like an unborn baby. In that state, we experience complete calmness and detachment.
According to various texts based on Yogic philosophy, it is believed that to achieve the final stage (for some, it is Nirvana, it is Samadhi), you need to detach yourself from the attachment of this external world. For this, some texts refer to the path of Abhayasa and Vairagya. Vairagya is in a state of complete detachment. So, practicing Yoni Mudra can help you to achieve such a state of mind.
You leave your worry, stress, and everything you carry in your mind.
This Mudra is called Jyoti Mudra as it brings a child from the womb, a place filled with darkness, to the light. Jyoti means light. So if anybody feels like he has been surrounded by darkness, he should practice this Mudra to escape the state of darkness.
This Mudra is also used in Kundalini Yoga to awaken Kundalini Shakti (Serpent Power). For the awakening of Kundalini Shakti, Yoni Mudra is practiced along with the Moola bandha (root lock) and deep breaths. This Mudra helps to internalize our mind & senses.
Sanmukhi Mudra is considered an advanced version of Yoni Mudra. In this, we place all of our fingers (Except thumbs) on our face (eyes, close to nose on cheeks, superior & distal to the upper lip, and inferior & distal to the lower lip, respectively.), and we close the earlobes with the help of thumb.
It is also considered to increase fertility in both men and women.
Alternate Names of Yoni Mudra
A Womb gesture or seal, Jyoti Mudra
How to Do Yoni Mudra?
- This Mudra doesn’t require you to perform in any specific sitting or standing posture, so you can practice this in any posture, whichever you feel is right for you.
- However, to gain maximum benefits of this Mudra, start by sitting in a comfortable meditative posture (Sukhasana or Padmasana). Whichever posture you find comfortable while sitting is fine. Keep your spinal health in check.
- Keep your neck and spine comfortably erect.
- Rest both of your palms comfortably on your knee.
- Gently close your eyes.
- Now, Slowly brings your hands close to the navel and join your palms; it should seem like an upside-down Namaste Mudra.
- Now, slowly part your palm heels and point your thumbs upward (towards the sky) such that you will witness a diamond-like shape made of your index fingers and thumbs.
- Gently start to bend your remaining finger (Middle, ring, & little finger) towards the underside such that they also point towards the sky.
- Observe this dark space behind your eyes.
- Breathe deeper and longer. With every passing breath, make your breathing even deeper.
- Witness your entire mind and body.
Benefits of Yoni Mudra
- Yoni Mudra is great if you plan to concentrate or meditate for a long time. It helps you to prepare to achieve more from your practices.
- It removes the darkness which has surrounded you in your life. And bring you in a positive light.
- It makes both men and women more fertile. If a couple or someone is facing any issues with fertility, they should consider practicing this Mudra to alleviate such problems.
- Sanmukhi Mudra, an advanced variant of this Mudra, helps to channelize more pranic energy towards the eyes, nose, lips & cheeks. It gives you a glow on your face.
- It increases the capacity to channelize the flow of Prana in our entire body.
- It also helps those women going through menopause as it helps to regulate the imbalances caused by the hormones.
- Yoni Mudra can also help to regulate imbalances caused by the five elements.
Precautions and Contraindications in Yoni Mudra
Similar to all other Mudra practices, it has no side effects.
However, there are a few things to consider.
- Do not firmly press your finger against each other. They should be slightly touching each other and not put excessive pressure.
- Keep your spine comfortably erect.
When and How long to Do Yoni Mudra?
- This Mudra can be practiced when you need to internalize your senses.
- You can practice this when you need to remove all the stressors around you.
- If you want to awaken the serpent power (Kundalini Shakti Jagran) within you.
- If you want to implement practice and detachment described by various Yogic texts to achieve a state of bliss.
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 a minimum of 30-40 minutes daily. 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 Yoni 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 Yoni Mudra
Visualize that you are in a positive light.
Visualize it to be either a yellow light or a white light.
Your body is absorbing that light and filling you with positivity
You feel more vibrant.
Affirmation in Yoni Mudra
While practicing this, Keep a positive intention. Start with: I am what I am; I do not wish to be someone else. I am enough.
The Yoni Mudra is a gesture of offering and has many references in mythology and symbolism. If you are looking for an introduction to the world of mudras or want to learn more about the Yoni Mudra, we suggest taking our Mudra Certification Course on 108 different mudras. With this comprehensive course, you will gain a deep understanding of the meanings and benefits of each mudra and how to use them in your practice.