Core Quality: Deep Relaxation
Dvimukham means “two faces,” and refers to the two sets of fingers that touch each other in this mudra. Symbolically, this refers to our own “two faces,” our infinite limitless true self and our limited personality.
In order to relax deeply and completely, we need to release, at least temporarily, our concerns and worries at the level of our personality. This is challenging because we have learned to be at a certain level of hypervigilance, always scanning the environment for threats and opportunities. By making relaxation a part of our regular practice, we can begin to release this constant vigilance. As we learn to relax more deeply, we can attune to our essential being that is inherently and always at ease. In this way, we can experience relaxation practice as a sort of “homecoming.”
This mudra dramatically slows the breath, directing it down into the pelvis and lower abdomen which can naturally increase the relaxation response for many. This gesture also lengthens the exhalation, further deepening levels of relaxation thereby reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. The deeply relaxing effects of this mudra support the treatment of anxiety and all conditions in which stress is a factor.
The deeply relaxing effects of this gesture may lower blood pressure; those with low blood pressure should proceed cautiously.
Facilitates deep relaxation
Supports the health of the reproductive, urinary, and eliminatory systems
Reduces stress and blood pressure
Supports the treatment of anxiety
Supports the treatment of insomnia
The relaxing effects are generally helpful for Pitta and Vata imbalances.
Activates Apana Vayu, the downward moving current of energy.
Opens and balances the first and second chakras, centers, or safety and self-nourishment.
Hold your hands facing upwards below your navel.
Touch the tips of your little and ring fingers to the same fingers on the opposite hand.
Rest your hands below the navel, with your forearms resting against the abdomen or onto your lap.
Relax your shoulders back and down. Ensure that your spine is naturally aligned.