How To Do The Apan Mudra Properly To Detoxify And Energise

The apan mudra is a powerful hand gesture used for detoxifying and energising.

In my Hand mudras list I reveal 60 of the most important mudras in the world. The Apan mudra is one of the absolute best mudras for health and healing.

For thousands of years, this hand gesture has been used to clear out toxins in the body and to create inner peace.

Like the maha mudra, it produces positive energy while creating inner peace [READ: Meditation For Inner Peace].

It also detoxifies the entire body.

This is highly beneficial for health and wellbeing.

A great majority of diseases these days are caused by toxins that enter our bodies because of our lifestyles (1).

Cancer is perhaps the worst of all, and is caused almost entirely by toxins.

  A study by Columbia University revealed that 95% of cancer is caused by toxins.  Given that the average person has between 400 and 800 chemicals in their body, clearing them out is vital.

To eliminate toxins we can use the Apan mudra, which is one of the best yoga hand gestures.


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The spiritual meaning of the Apan mudra

Mudras can be used to influence the elements in the body.

As explained by yogic lifestyle expert and holistic health specialist Rima J Pundir,

(Following quoted from THIS ARTICLE)

Mudras are considered so very important because it is said that our hands are full of our karmic energy, while our fingers are like plugs that help exchange energy between our pranic force (life energy) and the universal cosmic energy. Hand gestures, thus, can influence the pranic energy – further branching out into emotional, mental, physical and spiritual energies.


The Apan mudra is the Energy Mudra. It promotes the wood element and creates energy in the gallbladder and liver.

Because of this, the it provides us with all the health benefits that are associated with the wood element.

In Chinese philosophy the wood element (Xu Xing) is the most yang of the five elements. It corresponds with spring and the planet Jupiter.

The wood element is an element of strength and flexibility. When the wood element is strong in the body it promotes warm feelings, idealism, and cooperation. It also makes us more social and expansive.

Because the Apan mudra stimulates the wood element it is beneficial for the gallbladder and liver.


The Apan mudra is one of the best healing mudras for health. Here’s why.

  • One of the most important benefits of the Apan mudra technique is that it helps to remove toxins from the body.
  • Using this hand position for fifteen minutes a day helps to remove toxins and thereby strengthens our organs.
  • It can help to regulate urine
  • Aids perspiration
  • Relieves constipation.
  • Reduces anger
  • Is of benefit to dental health
  • Can prevent vomiting because it regulates digestion and helps the digestive system to relax.
  • Helps the body to cleanse toxins
  • Strengthen digestion
  • Improve eyesight
  • Improves hearing
  • Helps treat menstrual problems.
  • Helps with eyes, mouth, ears and nose problems.

Bring the tips of your ring finger, thumb, and middle finger together while holding your other two fingers straight up. Hold this position for forty minutes while meditating.
 The Hand Gesture [Instructions]

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a yoga teacher, meditation teacher and writer. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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  1. Ravichandran

    I am doing Shunya Mudra for Tinnitus problem ; can I practise Apan mudra ? Because my doubt is , I fold the middle finger in Shunya mudra whereas in Apana mudra I hv to keep the middle finger straight. Will it affect the effect of Shunya mudra ? Pl guide me.

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