Shan means six and mukha means the mouth. Sanmukha is the name of the six headed god of war, also known as Kartikeya. Mudra means a seal or closing up.The posture is also called Parangmukhi Mudra (facing inwards), Sambhavi Mudra (Sambhu is aname of Siva, father of Kartikeya. Hence, Sambhava is the progeny of Siva), also as YoniMudra. Yoni means the womb, the source. The mudra is so called because the aspirant lookswithin himself to find the very source of his being.
1.Sit in Padmasana. Keep the spine erect and the head level.2.Raise the hands to the face. Lift the elbows to the level of ht shoulders; place the thumbson the ear-holes so as to cut off external sounds. If the thumbs in the ear-hole cause pain, push the tragus (the small prominence at the entrance of the external ear) over the ear-holes and press it with the thumbs.3.Close the eyelids, but turn the eyes up. Place the index and middle fingers on the closedlids so that the first two phalanges only press the entire eyeball. Do not, however, pressthe cornea. Pull the eyelids down with the middle finger. Push the upper part of theeyelids below the eyebrow upwards with the index finger. Gently press the eyes at boththe corners.4.Equal pressure should be maintained on the ears and the eyes.5.With the tips of the ring fingers press both nostrils equally. The nasal passages fare thusnarrowed for slow, deep, steady, rhythmic and subtle breathing.6.Stay in this position as long as you can, drawing the vision inwards.
The senses are turned inward and the rhythmic breathing calms the mind's wandering. This brings a feeling of inner peace and one hears the divine voice of his self within, 'look here! Look within! Not outside, for the source of all peace is within yourself.' The posture thus prepares the practitioner for the fifth stage of yoga, Pratyahara, where he attempts to free himself from thethralldom of the sense and to prevent them from running after their desires.Some of the other asanas which also helps in OCD are Sirsasana; Sarvangasana;Paschimottanasana; Uttanasana; Bhastrika; Nadi Sodhana & Suryabhedana Pranayama withoutretention, Sanmukhi Mudra & Savasana.