By Faye Martins and Sangeetha Saran
Before considering the benefits of Khechari Mudra, we should understand the basics. What is Khechari Mudra, and how can we practice this technique? A regular, proficient practice of Khechari Mudra (tongue lock) is said to release the very elixir of life. The term “khechari” is derived from two Sanskrit roots translated as “one who moves the sky.”
In other words, an ardent practice of this tongue lock mudra will propel a devotee into a state of the universal awareness of God. As the tongue puts pressure on the soft palate in the middle indentation located on the roof of the mouth, a variety of sensitive glands are stimulated and release tiny drops of ambrosial nectar.
Merging of Consciousness
This ambrosial nectar is known as amrita in Sanskrit. It is said to relieve all hunger and thirst in very advanced practitioners. For the rest of us, it clears the energetic pathways of the Sushumna Nadi. It allows the awakened Kundalini Shakti energy to continue her ascension through the seven chakras until she pierces the Crown Chakra, where the devotee’s consciousness merges into God’s consciousness. Regular practice of this mudra will keep these energetic pathways clear and stabilize a practitioner’s consciousness in the higher chakras.
Several physical benefits have been associated with the practice of Khechari Mudra. These benefits include:
1. Increased flexibility in the neck and spine.
2. Improved circulation throughout the body.
3. A strengthening of the immune system.
4. A detoxification of the body via the stimulation of the lymphatic system.
5. An improvement in digestion and elimination.
6. A reduction in stress levels and an increase in the overall sense of well-being
When practiced regularly, Khechari Mudra can positively affect mental health and well-being. This mudra is said to help quiet the mind and promote a sense of inner peace and calm. It is also said to improve focus and concentration and to heighten awareness and intuition. Regular practice of Khechari Mudra is said to help reduce stress and anxiety and promote happiness, tranquility, and well-being. This mudra is also said to be beneficial for those suffering from insomnia or sleep disorders, as it can help induce deep relaxation.
Emotional Health Benefits
These benefits include inducing bliss, ecstasy, and peace; improving concentration and memory; and promoting feelings of love, compassion, and kindness. This mudra is said to allow prana, or life force energy, to flow freely through the body and reach the crown chakra at the top of the head. Practitioners report feeling more blissful, peaceful, and contented after performing the gesture. Additionally, this mudra promotes feelings of love, compassion, and kindness.
Practicing the Khechari Mudra also stimulates the release of “feel good” neurotransmitters such as dopamine. With the release of calming and soothing hormones, a Khechari Mudra practitioner also experiences a profound state of calmness and well-being. Additionally, applying pressure to the points on the roof of the mouth helps to balance out the energetic pathways throughout the body.
Practical Application for Emotional Benefits
There are many ways to work with emotional challenges using Khechari Mudra. One way is to simply sit with the mudra for a few minutes each day. Doing this will help to calm and focus the mind, which can be helpful in dealing with challenging emotions. Another way to use the tongue lock mudra for emotional challenges is to meditate with the mudra. This can help to quiet the mind and bring about a sense of peace. It can also be helpful in gaining insights into whatever is causing the challenges. In addition, Khechari Mudra can be used in conjunction with other techniques, such as meditation, pranayama, journaling or visualizations. By combining these techniques, you can create a powerful toolkit for working through any emotional challenge.
Times of Emotional Need
At a time of emotional lows, it can be difficult to know how to cope. We may feel like we are not in control of our emotions and that they are controlling us. This is where khechari mudra can be helpful. Khechari mudra is an ancient yoga practice that involves the use of the tongue to stimulate certain points on the roof of the mouth. This stimulation helps to release blocked energy and promote balance in the body. When we are feeling emotionally challenged, the tongue lock mudra can help us to find balance and peace. This mudra will help you to find balance and peace in the midst of chaos.
Seven Spiritual Benefits
The Khechari mudra is a Siddha Yoga technique that bestows spiritual benefits upon the practitioner. The mudra involves pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth and curling it back towards the throat. This action stimulates the pineal gland and opens the third eye, resulting in heightened spirituality and psychic abilities. Seven of the purported benefits of practicing Khechari mudra include:
1. Improved concentration and focus
2. Increased ability to meditate deeply
3. Enhanced intuition and psychic abilities
4. Connection with higher realms of consciousness
5. Greater clarity of thought
6. Expanded awareness
7. Feelings of bliss and ecstasy
Khechari Mudra Practice
To practice Khechari Mudra, sit comfortably on a chair, blanket, or yoga mat on the floor. Close your eyes and fold your tongue back and up towards the soft spot in the middle of the roof of your mouth. Gently apply pressure to this point with the tip of your tongue. Practice Ujjayi breathing or ocean-sounding breath as you perform Khechari Mudra. Hold this mudra for several minutes. After completing the practice, sit for a few moments and feel the calm and expansiveness.
There is some scientific proof of the benefits of practicing Khechari Mudra. A study published in the International Journal of Yoga showed that people who practice Khechari Mudra had increased levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for regulating mood, sleep, and appetite. As a result, the study found that people who practice Khechari Mudra have higher serotonin levels and feel happier and more balanced than those who don’t.
Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Khechari Mudra can help treat hypertension, migraines, allergies, and respiratory disorders. Of course, the study also showed that regular practice of Khechari Mudra could improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety levels.
Another study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that people who practiced Khechari had significantly lower blood pressure and heart rate than those who did not practice the mudra. So, while there is not much scientific evidence to support the benefits of Khechari Mudra, a few studies suggest this ancient yoga practice can be beneficial for stress reduction and cardiovascular health.
Best Time for Practice
There are many benefits to practicing Khechari Mudra, but when is the best time to do it? The answer may surprise you. However, it is essential to understand that there is no perfect time to practice Khechari Mudra. Everyone is different and will have their own unique needs and preferences. This mudra can be practiced anytime during the day, although it is best to practice it when the mind is calm and relaxed. When practicing tongue lock mudra, choose a comfortable position with your spine straight. Take a deep breath in and then exhale completely. Relax as you practice. You can practice anytime you are not talking.
Firstly, if you are experiencing physical pain or emotional distress, practicing Khechari Mudra can help to ease your suffering. Secondly, if you are seeking spiritual guidance or insight, practicing the tongue lock mudra can help you to connect with your higher self and receive advice from the Universe. Thirdly, the best time to practice Khechari Mudra is whenever you feel called. Fourthly, trust your intuition and let it guide you to the best times for practice. Additionally, if you are experiencing nightmares, sleeplessness, worrying, or chronic stress, it can’t hurt to try this mudra.
The Best of Both Worlds
Khechari mudra is an advanced yogic technique that involves curling the tongue back and inserting it into the soft palate. This mudra is said to bestow a number of benefits upon the practitioner, including improved concentration, deeper meditation, and enhanced spiritual experiences. Yoga Nidra is another powerful tool for deepening meditation and promoting relaxation. In Yoga nidra, the practitioner lies in savasana (corpse pose) and brings their attention to different parts of the body while remaining in a state of deep relaxation. Practicing tongue lock mudra and Yoga Nidra together can be a highly effective way to quiet the mind, deepen meditation, and promote relaxation. The two practices complement each other perfectly, and can lead to some truly transformative experiences.
© Copyright – Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division
To see our selection of Yoga teacher training courses, please visit the following link.
Click here to see our online Yoga Nidra teacher training course.
Are you an experienced teacher looking for YACEP credits or continuing education?
52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen your Practice
by Rina Jakubowicz.
A Relaxing Way to De-stress, Re-energize, and Find Balance
by: Gail Boorstein Grossman.
by B.K.S. Iyengar
By Mark Stephens