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Varuna Mudra

June 2, 2011

Varuna Mudra  – Ruler of the Celestial Oceans.

Winter is Kapha time, wet and cold in its nature, as Varuna is said to control all elements of water, in cases of colds and flu this Mudra may release the excess fluids in the sinuses and lungs, and in case of allergic reactions it may release the secretions in the digestive tract.

On an emotional level colds and mucous conditions are associated with a feeling of being stuck in a rut or carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.  Take a moment to consider what it is that is you are holding onto and why, there may be tasks that could be delegated, or obligations although perceived as yours alone that are in fact shared.


With your right hand bring the tip of the little finger to the ball of the thumb, and then place the thumb over the little finger.

Position the left thumb over the right as close as possible then applying light pressure, the left hand then wraps around the back of the right.

Enhance the effects of Varuna Mudra by gently extending the exhalation whilst visualizing warm flowing water washing away any mental or physical blockages, allow yourself to let go.  Feel it.  See it. Let go.

Practice this Mudra as needed or for 45 minutes 3 times daily.
Mudras – Yoga in your hands by Gertrude Hirschi.  Published Weiser books.  ISBN 1-57863-139-4.
The Healing Power of Mudras by Rajendar Menen.  Published by Pustak Mahal.  ISBN 978-81-223-0873-0

Jennifer Stephens is a Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner registered with AHPCSA.  Her Karma Yoga includes an outreach project for children and the elderly in Nyanga, Bravekids, (part of the Brave Foundation), working with children and seniors in recovery from physical trauma.

She teaches individual remedial yoga therapy in addition to group classes for adults and children and is a trustee of the Brave Foundation. or

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