Unmani Mudra: that means, process, advantages
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Unmani is a Sanskrit term translated as “no-mind” or “thoughtlessness”. This is defined as a transition state between dreaming and waking. It depicts one of the states of samadhi (one of the limbs of Patanjali's yoga) known as Unmani Avastha.
Unmani Mudra is a perfect escape for overcoming all problems, attachments and connections. The thought patterns that hold this mudra lie somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness. It is similar to a meditation technique and is classified as a mana mudra (head gesture).
When the practitioner reaches a thoughtless, thoughtless state in the unmanic mudra, hence the name. It is also known as the "mindlessness mudra" or "mindlessness posture".
The technique of Unmani Mudra is defined in Kriya Yoga practices including Nada, Pawan, Shabda Sanchalana, Maha Mudra, and Maha Bheda Mudra. Unmani Mudra includes Awarohan (descending) psychic passage through which the practitioner can lower consciousness.
In order to practice Unmani Mudra, the eyes must be opened wide and the awareness at the bindu (back of the head) awakened. With a gentle descent of consciousness from Ajna Chkara to Muladhara Chakra. When lowering chakras, the eyes also tend to close.
Unmani Mudra is about bringing awareness to the inner self and leaving aside the outer possessions. Hence it is described as mental rather than physical practice.
This practice enriches the consciousness function by dissolving the ability to think and analyze about materialistic desires.
Unmani Mudra and its meaning are described by Lord Krishna Arjuna in Mahabharata. “Whenever a siddha yogi adopts a yoga posture, a pranayama or a mudra, the unmani mudra itself is attained,” says Krishna.
There Unmani Mudra is defined as a blissful state of Rajayoga.
How to do Unmani Mudra
- Sit in a comfortable meditative pose.
- Open your eyes to the fullest without making any effort.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply.
- Hold your breath and shift focus to bindu (imagine a point on the back of your forehead).
- Gradually exhale and lower the awareness of bindu through the chakras in the spine. It follows the order Ajna, Vishuddha, Anahata, Manipura, Swadhisthana and finally ends at Muladhara.
- As you descend consciousness, gradually close your eyes and close them completely to reach the muladhara.
- The mind needs to be focused to look inward, whether the eyes are closed or open.
- Allow yourself to go through this process on the fly and effortlessly.
- Inhale again to begin the next round.
- Repeat the process for 11 rounds.
- Patients with glaucoma should avoid Unmani mudra.
- It must not be used for other visual disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.
- Don't try if you've recently had eye surgery.
Duration of the exercise
- Practicing Unmani Mudra is recommended early in the morning.
- It has to be practiced for five to ten minutes.
- Always try this gesture on an empty stomach.
Unmani Mudra variant
There is an easier way to practice Unamni Mudra with minor changes as follows:
- Pick a point in front of you and focus your gaze on that point.
- Breathe gently and keep looking at the selected point.
- After a while, bring your upper and lower eyelids closer together until your eyes are half closed.
- Hold this position and try to focus only on your gaze.
- Continue until you are lost and only know the fixed point.
- This ultimately leads you to a state where you will stop seeing and realizing anything in the environment and merging with the place.
- It enables you to overcome the conscious state of mind.
What happens in the Unmani Mudra?
Unmani Mudra is about drawing attention to a point or an idea. This empties the mind of all thought processing for a while. It is the time when divinity takes over.
This mudra puts the practitioner in a state where the mind is kept still. Since the salt dissolves in water and loses its identity, the identity of the mind in the unmani mudra does not remain intact.
While holding Unmani Mudra, the body is accepted from within as a hollow unit. This enables the practitioner to divert the pranic flow throughout the body. It is about Bhru-Madhya Chakra in Sushumna Nadi. The prana and mind components are completely fused in the eternal self beyond the eyebrow junction.
This is known as "Nishpanna Avasthha" which refers to a state of fulfillment.
The benefit of Unmani Mudra is achieving siddhis such as reading the thoughts, psychic powers, and other yogic advances of others. This mudra is a way of feeling emancipated and fulfilled.
Unmani Mudra benefits
- Unmani Mudra has soothing effects on psychological problems, viz. Stress, anxiety and restlessness.
- It brings joy, focus and inner glory.
- It calms and calms the mind by guiding the practitioner to attain samadhi.
- This mudra saturates the practitioner with sattva (goodness).
- It stops all of the mental chatter, confusion, and analysis.
- Unmani Mudra stimulates all energy chakras and brings mental and physical harmony.
- It balances all three doshas and tissues in the body.
Unmani Mudra is a gesture that enables the practitioner to attain the highest possible state of samadhi. It helps in having an unprecedented experience and makes you a better version of yourself.
So if you are definitely finding ways to transform yourself as a person, take a few minutes to do Unmani Mudra.