Mudras for a healthy life:
We are pretty sure that every Individual might have thought at least once in his life to embark on the path towards spirituality. And therefore, he must have considered joining a yoga class or take a crash spirituality course, attend a workshop or a session. But are you aware of the fact that the lack of knowledge about mudras can also act as a hurdle in your spiritual journey? Uggh. Worry not! we have got you covered. In this post, we will be discussing some basic mudras that will be beneficial in your journey towards spirituality!
What are Mudras?
The term ‘Mudra’ is a Sanskrit word which basically represents a gesture, seal, or closure. In yogic sense, mudras may be understood as the process that involves the flow of energy within the body through some gesture, posture, etc.
The practice of mudras during yoga and pranayama has been very common in India in religions like Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Though mudras involve the entire body, most of the mudras are performed using fingers and hands to channel the flow of energy in the body.
Since there are more than 100 mudras that have been invented some centuries ago, we will be discussing some major mudras that you can use to practice in your daily life.
1. Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge):
Gyan Mudra which is also known as Chin mudra is a very popular mudra practiced to improve focus and concentration. This mudra is simple and easy to practice. All you have to do is sit comfortably in a quiet and clean asana stretching your hands forward, facing upwards. Now bring the tips of the thumb and index finger together. Make sure that the two fingers are not tightly pressed against each other. while the other three fingers i.e middle finger, Ring finger and pinky finger remain open and lightly stretched.
Benefits of Gyana Mudra:
- Boosts concentration
- Sharpens memory
- Activates the root chakra
- Enhances Creativity; and
- Also Relieves stress.
2. Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air):
The term ‘Vayu’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘Air’ and so ‘Vayu Mudra’ means the Mudra of Air. Vayu Mudra helps in controlling and regulating the air element inside the human body. Practicing Vayu Mudra can help in controlling the restlessness, nervousness and relaxes your mind. Perform this mudra sitting in a lotus position (padmasana) in a quiet and clean place by bending your index finger so that it touches the palm. Now press the index finger with your thumb while keeping the remaining three fingers i.e (the middle finger), (the ring finger), and (the pinky finger) straight and lightly stretched.
Benefits of Vayu Mudra:
- Relaxes your mind
- Improves digestion
- Reduces Gastric Problems
- Also Cures ailments like acidity, piles, constipation.
3. Surya Mudra (Mudra of Sun):
The term ‘Surya’ in Sanskrit represents Sun and therefore Surya Mudra implies the Mudra of Sun. Practicing this mudra can help in increasing the solar/fire element in the body which helps in improving digestion and metabolism in the human body. Additionally, it helps in controlling obesity and cures problems like loss of appetite, constipation, cold and other digestive problems. Practice this asana sitting comfortably in any asana by bending the ring finger at the base of the tumb and by pressing the ring finger with a thumb.
Benefits of Surya Mudra:
- Controls obesity
- Cures problems like loss of appetite
- Improves digestion
- Cures common cold
- Also Improves metabolism.
4. Varun Mudra (Mudra of Water):
The term ‘Varun’ in Sanskrit represents ‘water’ and hence ‘Varun Mudra’ implies ‘Mudra of Water’. This mudra helps in balancing the water element in the body. Varun Mudra can help in healing skin related problems such as drying, cracking, etc. To practice Varun mudra, sit comfortably in any asana with palms facing upwards. Now bring the thumb and the pinky finger so that they gently press each other while the remaining three fingers i.e. the index finger, middle finger, and the ring finger remain slightly stretched outwards.
Benefits of Varun Mudra:
- Cures ailments like joint pains, arthritis.
- Prevents drying of the skin
- Effective for dehydration.
- Brings glow on the skin.
- Cures ailments like Constipation, Indigestion, etc.
5. Prithvi Mudra (Mudra of Earth):
The term ‘Prithvi’ in Sanskrit refers to ‘earth’ and hence ‘Prithvi Mudra’ is called ‘the mudra of the earth’. This Mudra helps in balancing the earth element in the body. Besides, balancing the earth element it also decreases the fire element in the human body and therefore it is also called as ‘Agni Shaamak Mudra’. Practicing this mudra increases strength, vitality, and endurance in the human body. To practice this mudra, sit comfortably in any asana in a clean and quiet place with palms facing upwards. Join the tip of the ring finger with the thumb gently pressing against each other while the remaining three fingers i.e the index finger, the middle finger and the pinky finger remain slightly stretched outwards.
Benefits of Prithvi Mudra:
- Effectively cures general debility, weakness, etc.
- Treats problems like Hair loss, Premature greying.
- Treating ulcers.
- Cures paralysis.
- Also effective in treating chronic fatigue etc.
These are some of the basic mudras that will surely help you transform your life. So, what are you thinking about? Just take 25 – 30 minutes of your day to inculcate these mudras into your life and see the results for yourself.
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