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Vaayu Shaamak / Vaayu Mudra

Vaayu Shaamak.jpgPopularly known as Vaayu mudra, this mudra decreases the vaayu (air) element within the body.

Method
:This mudra is formed by first placing the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger. This amounts to suppression of element air (residing in the first finger) by element fire (residing in the thumb). 

Effects
: Vaayu-shaamak mudra decreases the air element within the body. This reduction of air Sedates restless and anxious mind, Calms overcharged nervous system, Pacifies overactive endocrine glands, Relaxes tense or spastic muscles, Soothes strained voice,  Allows re-hydration of skin and articular cartilage. The element air is also a component of bodily humor Vaata. The decrease of air in the body due to Vaayu-shaamak mudra pacifies the (aggravated) Vaata. Therefore, this mudra is especially suitable for people of Vaata constitution (Vaata dosha). They can regularly use this mudra even to avoid illness.

Benefits of Vaayu-shaamak mudra :
Stress 
Anxiety 
Irritability 
Lack of concentration 
Timidity 
Indecisiveness 
Impatience 
Restlessness
Sleeplessness 
Epileptic fits (convulsions) 
Giddiness 
Parkinson's disease 
Chorea 
Tremors 
Sciatica 
Trigeminal neuralgia 
Intercostal neuralgia 
Twitching of eye-lids 
nystagmus (constant involuntary eye-movements) 
Tinnitus (noises in the ear/s) 
Vertigo 
Dizziness 
Hormonal imbalances caused by over activity of endocrine glands 
Breathlessness 
Tachycardia (fast heart beats) 
Palpitations 
Hiccups 
Muscle-spasm 
Muscle-cramps 
Muscular rigidity 
Crackling joints (Osteoarthritis) 
Gout  
Dry & rough skin/hair 
Brittle nails 
Constipation 
Flatulence (gas formation).

Duration : 30 to45 minutes every day either at one stretch or in 3 parts (i.e., for 10 to 15 minutes, thrice a day).
Ideal time: Though Vaayu-shaamak mudra can be done at any time of the day
Precaution
: Many experienced doctors say that the practice of this mudra should be discontinued as soon as the disease has been overcome.