Yog Mudra: For improving metabolism

By Atul Vyas

To balance pitta and increase basal metabolic rate yoga has very effective interventions.

As prana manifest in the physical body, it moves in different ways, depending on all of life’s circumstances. In Ayurveda, the science of life is the manifestation of prana in the body is described by the energetic interplay of the universal elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether.

The various combinations of these elements gives us several qualities – from hot to cold, dry to wet, light to heavy, hard to soft as well as functional tendencies such as grounded or floating, spaciousness or constraint.

According to Ayurveda, how these elements interact creates patterns in three expressions of prana in the physical body called doshas (deviations). The relative constitution of the balance of doshas is affected by diet and life style, giving any individual a unique energetic fingerprint.

Ayurveda attempts to cultivate balance in doshas through life style, diet changes and use of herbs while Yoga balances doshas through asanas, pranayam, yama, niyama, and meditation. These practices are designed to to complement larger life style choices that affects this balance and thus over all health.
Ayurveda looks at an individuals through the prism of their dosha constitution.

Pitta governs digestion, metabolism, absorption and transformation in the body and mind. Pitta people benefit by tapping into asanas as cooling, nurturing and relaxing practice. They should avoid hot and sweaty practices.

One of the yogic practice which helps  in balancing pitta is Yogmudra. This is endo-pharmacological efficiency pose i.e good for internal physiology.


  • Sit in padmasana if not possible then one can sit in sukhasana or vajrasana
  • Sit with your spine erect
  • While exhaling bend forward and try to touch the forehead on the ground
  • Breath normally
  • Hold in the pose for 3 seconds then come in the sitting position
  • Repeat it for 3 times


  • It is a spinal flexion pose
  • Improves metabolism
  • Increases pulmonary functions
  • Helps in gastritis, constipation, acidity and sluggish liver conditions
  • Balances pitta condition in body

Not of Caution

It is prohibited for high blood pressure ,retinal detachment and cervical-spondylosis.

Atul Vyas likes to be called a “Yoga Scientist”. He is a celebrity yoga trainer and has trained several top Hollywood and Bollywood stars. He has trained for years under many eminent yoga gurus including his illustrious mother Daya Vyas, the first lady yoga guru of India.

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