VIPARITAKARANI MUDRA OR VILOMASANA
Mudras are the developed forms of asanas. Holding the body in particular postures in order to control the sense
organs is of prime importance in asanas, whereas in Mudras, main thrust is given on Prana, the root of human life. Our scriptures speak very high about the achievement of Mudras in this world. He who practises them only for a period of three hours every day conquers time.
Technique : Lie flat on the back and inhale as in complete Yogic breathing. Exhale and raise the legs and hips with the help of the arms and hold the hips in the hands so that the body is supported on the elbows. Gaze at the toes. This exercise is called Viparitakarani because,when practised, the body takes up an inverted position. Some people consider Sheershasana to be ‘Viparitakarani Mudra’. In the beginning, this posture should be maintained for a minute only. Increase the time to ten minutes- a limit to be attained gradually.
(1) This asana prevents the formation of wrinkles on the face. It slackens the process in which black hair begins to turn into white hair.
(2) It kindles gastric fire.
( 3) It makes the eyes brighter.
(4) It cures the swelling (oedema) in the leg. It cures elephantiasis if it is in the initial stage. ( 5 ) It cures goitre.
(6) It makes the voice sweet and melodious.
(7) It cures dermatic diseases such as abscess, pimples and eczema.
(8) The body becomes charming, active and strong. This asana nourishes all the nervous centres of the brain. It strengthens and brightens up the senseorgans.
(9) This asana is beneficial to all men, women and children.
Note : ‘Viparitakarani Mudra’ is, to some extent, similar to Sarvangasana. In Sarvangasana, the body is at right angles with the floor and it rests on the shoulders and the neck. In ‘Viparitakarani’, the lower part of the trunk is curved up inclining to the ground.