Yoga mudras are one of the most effective ways of ensuring healthy living. Although these mudras are simple to do and easy, they are nonetheless the most powerful and essential ways of doing yoga practices.
One of the best yoga mudra practices, essential for healthy living for men is Ashwini Mudra. The word ‘Ashwini’ derives from ‘ashwa’ means horse in Sanskrit, whereas ‘mudra’ means gesture. Therefore, Ashwini mudra is also known as horse gesture.
Hore gesture helps in the rhythmic contraction of the anal sphincter which helps in proper digestion and upwards flows of ‘prana’ through the spine. Moreover, Ashwini mudra in yoga is a beginner’s technique. Therefore, it is comparatively easy to do and ensures a fit body.
What is Ashwini Mudra exactly?
Ashwini mudra, apart from being known by the name of Horse gesture, is also called bedroom yoga pose. This is because it helps in the contraction and relaxation of anal muscles. This contraction and relaxation are similar to that of a horse.
Not only that, the digestive system of a horse can hold food for 15 minutes after which the food will move to the small intestine. Due to their quick digestive system, they never vomit. In addition to their quick digestive system, they have a one-way esophagus, which means that food can go down the esophagus for digestion but it can never travel up.
Due to such good digestive control, they empty their stomachs 13 times a day. Keeping the situations under control, the main end of Ashwini Mudra is to enhance one’s digestive system and ensure the proper functioning of the anus.
This is done by recycling the energy of the body upward to the spine with the help of contracting the anal sphincter. This mudra can be performed anytime and anywhere, with a seated or lying down position.
Practicing Ashwini Mudra has a plethora of benefits to people suffering from thyroid, varicose veins, and asthma. Apart from that, Ashwini Mudra also entails some other benefits, such as:
1. Ashwini Mudra and sexual health
It is a well-known fact that yoga is the biggest advantage in bed. It helps in ensuring your flexibility and increases the strength of your body. However, Ashwini Mudra is enhancing more than just your flexibility.
Ashwini Mudra is useful if you are suffering from premature ejaculation. Premature ejaculation is called when a man is experiencing orgasms and is ejaculating too soon and quickly during sexual intercourse.
Practicing Ashwini mudra helps you in increasing sexual pleasure and also increases the duration of sex by delaying the ejaculation process naturally. This mudra becomes a boon for men experiencing premature ejaculation.
Not only that, but this mudra also helps in increasing your sperm count and enhances the health of your reproductive glands. It also unencumbers the emotional and psychological burden on your head by reducing the stress hormones.
2. Ashwini Mudra for piles
Also known as hemorrhoids, piles occur when you have inflamed tissues in the anal canal. They occur due to a poor digestive system which causes constipation, chronic diarrhea, or lifting heavyweights.
More often than not, people suffering from piles feel that once they have got piles, it is there to stay for a lifetime. But, that’s not true, because yoga practices like Ashwini mudra help in stimulating your lazy lower abdomen.
This mudra helps in obliterating the extra amount of fat that is stored in your body which makes it difficult for you to pass the stool. Ashwini mudra helps in toning your genital muscles. Therefore, this yoga practice helps in strengthening your genital muscles and helps you manage piles and constipation.
What are the steps of Ashwini Mudra?
To do Ashwini mudra correctly and get the desired results, you need to follow the below-mentioned steps:
- You need to sit either in Padmasana, Lotus pose, Easy pose, or Thunderbolt pose. After sitting in either of these positions, you need to take a few deep breaths and fill your stomach with air.
- Next, you need to inhale air and hold the breath for a while. After holding the breath, you need to contract your anal sphincter muscles. This process of contraction will be similar to holding in your poop, which you are not.
- While contracting the anal muscles, try to apply a bit more pressure from the interior of the anus to lift the system of muscles up. To know whether you have done this perfectly or not, you will feel the muscles being pulled away from the floor.
- Follow this process of contraction ad pulling for five seconds and then you can release the pressure.
- Do this entire process at least for ten to fifteen initially as you are just a beginner. Once you get the knack of it, you can slowly increase the rounds as per your body’s capacity.
Word of caution!
If you are just a beginner, you need to keep certain things in mind while doing this mudra. To avoid certain breathing side-effects, do not hold the breath for too long, especially if you are doing this for the first time.
Apart from this basic Ashwini mudra, there are a plethora of variants of this yoga practice, which are formed as per the result of a combination of different yoga poses and mudras. No matter how you decide to practice this mudra, you need to make sure that you are following the drill of contraction, pulling, and releasing perfectly.
To reap maximum benefits out of this pose, you need to continue doing this for ten to fifteen seconds at a time. One of the biggest advantages of Ashwini mudra is that it can be done while you are at work, binge-watching Netflix, or watching TV.
Are there any side-effects of Ashwini Mudra?
As it is a yoga practice, Ashwini Mudra is relatively safe and as mentioned before, it is useful in enhancing your digestive system and ensuring your sexual health. The percentage of people reporting any side-effects after practicing this mudra is less than 1 percent.
These side-effects include excess production of heat in the body, dehydration, stomach pain, and vomiting. They result due to prolonged practice of Ashwini Mudra which, more often than not, is done incorrectly. Therefore, it is important to know whether you are doing this pose correctly and moderately.