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By Swami Harshananda

Bhujaṅgini-mudrā literally means ‘posture resembling the snake’.

Mudrās are yogic exercises described in works on Haṭhayoga, like the Gheranda Samhitā. They are said to help in controlling the involuntary muscular and nervous systems.

Bhujaṅginī-mudrā is the last of the 25 mudrās described in the Gheranda Samhitā. It performed by extending the neck a little forward and drinking the air through the mouth by opening and expanding it a little. All the disorders of the stomach, especially indigestion, are expected to be cured by this mudrā.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore