Mahasirs mudra is a hand posture practiced for various health benefits. It is also called ‘large head mudra’. One of the important purposes of this mudra is to reduce headaches. Gertrud Hirschi shares in her book, Mudras Yoga in Your Hands: Headaches have a great variety of causes and can hardly be made to disappear once and for all with one single mudra. Frequently, weather influences or tension in the eyes, neck, back or pelvis are at fault; or there are problems with the sinuses or digestion. The Mahasirs Mudra balances energy, has a tension-relieving effect, and eliminates mucous congestion in the frontal sinuses.
How to do the Mahasirs Mudra
1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable place. Take a few, deep cleansing breaths, exhaling through the mouth. Roll the shoulders, neck, and head to loosen up.
2. Place your ring finger into the fold of the thumb. Touch the tips of your thumb, index and middle finger.
3. Keep the baby straight. Do this with both hands.
4. Focus on breathing deep into the belly.
5. When exhaling, imagine that waves of energy are flowing down from head through the body, and leaving through your hands and feet. Hold mudra as long as necessary.
6. After a while, imagine that the head is clear, cool, clean, and light. Stay Relaxed. Do at least 3 to 6 times daily.
Benefits of Mahasirs Mudra
1. It balances energy in the head and releases stress & tension. It quiets the senses and calms the emotions.
2. It eliminates mucous congestion in the frontal sinuses.
3. It relaxes weather influences or tension in the eyes.
4. It improves concentration and meditation.
Additional Measures Against Headaches (found in Gertrud Hirschi’s book):
1. Dip a washcloth in water that has some added vinegar and place it on your feet. Wrap around the soles, the bottom of the feet and the toes as well.
2. Next massage both the frontal eminences on the forehead. Then massage up and down your neck by vigorously pressing your index and middle fingers into the middle of the nape of the neck. (See diagram to the right).
3. Finally complete these last three steps by forming the Mahasirs Mudra with your fingers.