This Mudra practice massages the abdominal organs and stretches the back, contributing to good general health. In addition, it is an excellent preparatory practice for meditation, engendering a sense of relaxation. It relieves anger and tension, inducing tranquillity. It develops awareness and control of psychic energy and is used to awaken manipura chakra. The respiration should be as slow as possible without the slightest strain.
Yoga mudra is so called because it unites the individual consciousness with the supreme consciousness, or the outer nature with the inner nature.