For an explanation of mudras, and basic instructions on how to employ them in your practice, please read this post before beginning your explorations. If you've already done so, and you're ready for a moderately energizing experience, please enjoy!
Hand Position: To take this mudra, allow the tips of each little finger to touch the base joint of each thumb, the tips of each 4th finger to rest against the middle joint of each thumb, and the tips of each middle finger to touch the tips of the thumbs. The index fingers extend, and the backs of the hands may rest upon the knees or thighs.
How to Begin: Begin by holding this mudra for 5-10 breaths, or until you have a sense of how it effects you in subtle and physical ways. You may want to take notes about your experience to deepen your understanding and for later reference. Practice and notice what you notice before reading further, to allow your experience to be uncolored by expectations.
General Information: Purna Svara refers to Full Yogic Breathing, and this gesture is said to aid us in cultivating our FYB, also known as the Complete Breath*. It is also recommended to release tension from the torso, integrate body/mind/spirit, and balance the 1st-5th chakras. It is said to be a moderately energizing gesture (5 on a scale of 10).
My Observations: Immediately upon making this gesture, I felt more expansive and calm than just prior. Reduction in tension at the base of my skull was marked, and I felt expanded around and above my head, as well as through the center of my body. Over several minutes here, I found deeper breathing to become easier, more pleasant, and very rejuvenating. A noticeable shift, besides the gently energizing quality of this gesture, is the release of jaw/neck/skull level tensions. This gesture is one I would recommend for those who experience tension in these areas, and those who wish to find greater ease in practice of their Complete Breath.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.
*For basic instruction on how to practice Full Yogic Breath / Complete Breath, please see this post.*