Khechari Mudra

The Kechari Mudra is believed to be a yogic gesture that helps the performer achieves a heightened state of knowledge.

It is one of the most uncommon yoga practices, perhaps because it feels a bit too strange even for those who practice yoga regularly.

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This gesture is also known as the tongue-swallowing technique, as it involves turning the tongue upward and sliding it into the nasal cavity, above the soft palate. Yogis claim that one of our most ecstatically sensitive organs is located around a centimeter above the roof of our mouth. This spot can be reached with the tongue, which is what the Khechari Mudra is all about.

Steps

In order to perform the Kechari Mudra, you need to –

  • Roll your tongue backwards, so that its tip can touch the uvula situated at the back of your mouth
  • Roll your tongue backwards so that it enters the nasal cavity placed above your soft palate
  • Breathe in and produce a snoring sound from the back of your throat and then exhale

Swallow any saliva which collects in your mouth while releasing the gesture. Many people face some difficulty in accomplishing this mudra because their frenulum (the membrane under the tongue) does not allow the tongue to reach far back and up. However, the regular practice of the khechari mudra makes the frenulum more flexible over a period of time.

Benefits

There are numerous health benefits which have been associated with Khechari Mudra. Some of the most common ones are –

  • If practiced regularly, it is believed to give ones voice a pleasant tone.
  • It is said to give the face a pleasant glow, and reduces the accumulation of fat on the abdomen. It is said to free the mind of anger, ego, attachment, desire, aversion and hatred
  • It Increases energy and vitality

The Khechari Mudra should be practiced early in the morning. However, it is important to check with a doctor, before trying any yoga pose or gesture, irrespective of how simple it is.

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