Agni Mudra, also known as Fire Mudra, is a powerful hand formation that can improve digestion and activate weight loss in the body. Agni means fire. Here fire refers to igniting fire of digestion the body. Our body has several digestive juices and a microbiome or probiotic bacteria which help in digesting and absorbing food. In the Bhagavad-Gita Bhagavan Sri Krishna says that he is the fire of digestion in the body. He digests all the food. So the whole digestive eco-system is a divine arrangement and is sacred. This mudra should be done with a healing mindset as digestion is the primary function of the body.
In this article, we provide a deep look at how to perform the Agni Mudra, as well as its numerous benefits and important precautions.
What are Mudras?
Mudras are hand gestures that activate a certain element or energy in the body. The five fingers represent the five elements. The energy activation point lies on the fingertips. When the fingertips are connected, the subtle energy in your body gets activated. The thumb represents the fire element. This element represents agni within the body, and it serves to activate all the other elements.
The index finger represents air, middle finger ether, ring finger earth and the little finger represents the water element.
When different hand formations, or mudras, are formed, the combination of subtle elements has a powerful effect on the mind and body.
How Can Mudras Heal?
There is a spiritual force that mediates our mind-body connection. Ayurveda says that when the elements in our body are balanced, our bodies and minds are healthy. Whenever imbalance arises, we can attain balance by activating specific elements using various mudras. Acupuncture is another method that involves activating specific points in the body and improving the flow of energy. Mudras act in a similar way. The tips of our fingers act like electrical potential points, and when the mudras are formed, they create an electrical circuit that circulates energy throughout the body. As this energy circulates, we feel a healing effect. The most astonishing fact is that our brain uses about 60% of its surface area to process the movements and sensations of the hands.
RECOMMENDED: For a complete guide to the many mudras and their benefits, check out Healing Mudras: Yoga of the Hands by Yogi Nataraj.
How to Perform the Agni Mudra?
The Agni Mudra activates the fire element within the body. Fold the ring finger and cover it with the thumb. The tip of the ring finger should touch the base of the thumb. Be aware of the outflow and inflow of energy going from and to the stomach where digestion takes place. Practice this mudra for about 15-20 minutes.
When Should I Perform the Agni Mudra?
The Agni mudra is useful for:
- Improving digestion
- Improves meditation as it increase the fire of intelligence
- Improves digestive bacteria
- Treating depression and lack of enthusiasm
- Finding clarity in your thoughts
- When digestion improves healing improves
- Improves intestines and peristalsis
- Enhancing the endocrine system
- Strengthening the colon
The Agni Mudra can be used in all sitting meditative poses, or even while practicing walking meditation. Agni mudra can be done for a long time for weight loss and improving overall fat metabolism. We can also combine the index and little finger and close it with the thumb and attain an even better weight loss as along with the earth element we are also reducing the water element. When we bend a finger it’s called decrease element which means we are reducing the element.
Precautions When Practicing Agni Mudra
When practicing agni mudra we should keep checking on the body heat. If we feel burning or too much heat we can stop the practice.
What Chakras Does Agni Mudra Activate?
The agni mudra activates the fire chakra. The fire chakra is called as the navel chakra or the Manipura chakra. The fire mudra can also be practiced with the bija mantra “Ram” for an even better effect on digestion.
Adi Mudra, Linga Mudra, Brahma mudra, Samana Mudra all are very beneficial in igniting digestive fire.
Related Yoga Poses
Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), Utthita Padangustanasana (extended hand-to-big-toe pose), Surya Namskara (Sun Salutations), Veerabhadrasana (warrior pose) all give similar effects.