Yoga Mudras for Acidity: 5 Hand Mudra to Try

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Acidity or acid reflux is a very common problem today. That burning sensation in the chest could be overwhelming in acidity. Yoga mudras for acidity are simple hand gestures you can practice anytime, anywhere, irrespective of any causes.

How Yoga Mudras Treat Acidity?

Mudras and Acidity could be analyzed with an ayurvedic view!

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    Analyzing acidity with the Ayurvedic eye tells us how acidity occurs and which mudra would be effective in its treatment.

    When a person has acidity problem, practicing yoga mudra:

    • Increases the fire element deficiency in the body to boost digestion
    • Eases the body’s excretion process to flush out toxins causes acidity
    • Relief from the sense of stress (stress as cause acidity)

    Agni or fire element is responsible to digest the food we eat, so in case of digestion-related problems (acidity, constipation, vomiting) the fire element gets disturbed in the body. In Ayurveda, it’s referred as imbalanced Pitta Dosha.

    When Pitta Dosha isn’t present in a balanced state, it makes the fire element less active and the water element (acid in this case) more dominant.

    In case of acidity:

    • Due to inactive fire element – The food we eat doesn’t get enough fire to break its particles and neither it stimulates glands to produce digestive hormones. It makes ama, undigested food particles.
    • Due to dominant water element – Water in its dominance suppresses the fire of digestion. Also, water’s expansion nature makes it mix with ama and flows back up into the food pipe (esophagus).

    This water is actually the acid that is bitter in taste and may cause burning pain in the chest (heartburn). This is how acidity occurs in the body.


    When acidity diagnosed more than 2 times in a week, it becomes more severe and called as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

    Yoga Mudras for Acidity

    Yoga mudras are easy practices based on the concept of Ayurveda to balance 3 Doshas. Its working is very similar to acupuncture and acupressure.

    You can practice these 5 mudras for acidity and gastric:

    1. Varun Mudra
    2. Pushan Mudra
    3. Samana Mudra
    4. Apana Vayu Mudra
    5. Vayu Mudra

    1. Varun Mudra – Gesture to Reduce Acid Reflux

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    Varun Mudra is a simple mudra that helps reduce excess water in the body, which can lead to the formation of bitter acid and cause acidity.

    How to Perform Varun Mudra:

    • Sit straight on floor or a chair and bring your hands on your thighs.
    • Now bend your little finger in such a way that thumb easily exerts a gentle pressure on its top.
    • Extend rest three fingers straight.
    • Make this finger arrangement with your both hands and rest hands on thighs.

    Hold hands in varun mudra for 15-20 minutes. You can do it 3 times a day.

    Also Read: Varun Mudra Benefits and Side effects

    In Varun Mudra, acidity gets cured when thumb, the place of the fire element, presses the little finger, the place of water element. You will also get relief from belching by practicing this mudra.

    2. Pushan Mudra – Gesture for Balancing Energy

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    This mudra cures acidity by balancing the three Vayus in 5 Pranas.

    • Prana Vayu – Upward flowing energy
    • Apana Vayu – Downward flowing energy
    • Samana Vayu – Central or navel energy

    In this mudra, Prana and Apana vayu are directed by practicing Prana and Apana mudra simultaneously with different hands, it balances the Samana vayu, energy responsible for digestion.

    To do Pushan Mudra:

    • With your right hand, bend your index and middle finger to touch the tip of the thumb. And, extend the other two fingers straight.
    • With your left hand, make Apana mudra. To do this, bend middle and ring fingers to touch the tip of the thumb and extend the rest two fingers straight.
    • Now place both hands on your kneecap and meditate on navel chakra.

    This mudra relieves upper-GI-tract issues like heartburn, difficulty swallowing, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, etc. One can do this mudra after having a heavy meal for 10 to 15 minutes.

    3. Apana Vayu Mudra – Gesture to Relieve Heartburn

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    This mudra, also known as Mrit Sanjeevani Mudra, is considered a panacea for heart-related problems. In cases of acidity, Apana Vayu Mudra helps relieve the burning sensation in the heart and reduces the bitter effects of acid that cause acidity.

    To do this mudra,

    • Bend your index finger and touch its top at the base of the thumb.
    • Now bring together middle and ring finger, bend it to the thumb, and press it gently against thumb tip.
    • Extend the little finger straight.
    • Do this with both hands and place it over the kneecap and concentrate on your heart chakra.

    The Mrit-Sanjeevni Mudra Meaning and Benefits

    4. Samana Mudra – Gesture of Digestion

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    This hand mudra is very helpful in gas and indigestion. In this mudra, we bring together all fingers to unite the 5 elements energy and then direct this energy to the navel or heart region.

    To do Samana Mudra,

    • Sit straight in Vajrasana, bring hands to the abdomen, and place your palm facing down on the navel.
    • Now take your hands off and bring together all 5 fingers of the hand pointing to the navel.
    • Hold fingers pointing to the navel centre for 10 minutes.

    This hand gesture cures acidity by activating the dormant digestive fire. Digestion power increase by practicing this mudra regularly.

    You can do Apana Vayu mudra for 30 minutes in any position when have nausea and sour mouth. These are common symptoms of hyperacidity.

    5. Vayu Mudra – Gesture to Relieve Gastric

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    Vayu means air or gas. Practicing Vayu mudra is very helpful to relieve gastric problems. This mudra diminishes the excess air present in our body.

    To practice Vayu Mudra,

    • Bend the index finger of both hands and press the tip of thumb over the second phalanx of the index finger.
    • The rest three-finger should be stretched outward.
    • You can place your hands on thighs to completely rest fingers in this mudra.

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    Holding this mudra for 10 minutes daily in the morning and evening can permanently cure the gastric problems.

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    Bottom line

    Hasta mudras are the easiest yoga practices that can relieve you from acidity, gas, or indigestion related problems. Mudras might not look promising in beginning but once you start practicing, it definitely can help you with many problems.

    And anyway, it doesn’t demand much from you, just 10-15 minutes, whenever you’re free! Even if it doesn’t benefit you with acidity or any other problems, it will definitely improve your concentration.


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