It is cold and flu season in Bali and I unfortunately picked it up. I’m nearing the end of the first week of my cold and I’ve finally started to pull out the big guns. I’ve realized that my normal routine is not quite going to cut it. In addition to ginger, echinacea, and Panadol (eww… I know) I’ve been focusing on using neti, mudras and restorative yoga. This week I have been incorporating Varuna Mudra into my practice to clear up the congestion in my sinuses and chest.
I’m typically one to go-go-go, so I have difficulty slowing down. I’ve been practicing more yang style yoga and have gotten myself a bit out of balance, so I’m not surprised that I got the “Bali flu”. It is often when I find myself out of balance or when I stop paying attention that I get ill (which luckily isn’t very often). Usually, I catch myself before I get sick and step back, slow down, and take a breather, but not this time. I love teaching restorative yoga because I know how beneficial it is, but I’ve been struggling with my own restorative practice. This week I’ve been trying to dial it back in and refocus on my own wellbeing and self-care.
Well, this article is supposed to be about mudras, so lets bring it back to Varuna Mudra.
Varuna is the Hindu god of water and the celestial ocean. Varuna is also the god that upholds the moral law.
Practice Varuna Mudra
To practice Varuna Mudra, take the pinky finger of your right hand and bring it to the pad of your right thumb. Then wrap your right thumb over the top of your little finger. Take your left hand and wrap it gently around the right hand and bring your left thumb over the top of the right thumb. Hold this mudra for 30-40 minutes.
Benefits of Varuna Mudra
Varuna mudra is used to combat congestion… physically, emotionally and psychologically. Congestion and excess mucus in the sinus, stomach and lungs is often caused by some type of irritant. I feel like it’s probably safe to say that emotional or psychological congestion can be caused by an irritant too… According to Gertrud Hirschi congestion may also be related to “overstimulated nerves, inner tensions and unrest, triggered by overstraining, being pressed by time, being aggravated or experiencing fear.” Living a perpetually stressed out life makes us more susceptible to colds and mucus congestion.
I also use jala neti when suffering from congestion as well…. once again bringing in that water element of Varuna to fight the build-up of mucus and flush it out! Fighting water with water!
According to Ayurveda mucus is also related to a build up of kapha. If you suffer from excess mucus you may want to take a look at your diet in addition to general lifestyle trends.
If you would like more guidance on how to practice mudras or you would like inspiration for guided meditations then check out my book, The Little Book of Mudra Meditations: 30 Yoga Hand Gestures for Healing. It’s available on Amazon.
Affirmations for Varuna Mudra
I go with the flow. I am adaptable and easily accept change.
I let go of what no longer serves me.
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