Mudras are special hand positions that activate our inherent potential for healing, transformation, and spiritual growth. Mudras have many physical, mental, and emotional benefits. They work with the subtle energetic body and they are a great ally on the spiritual path!
Try these 5 mudras next time you are feeling stressed, depleted, or overwhelmed:
1) GYAN MUDRA: This is the most common mudra and is believed to help increase one’s concentration, knowledge and memory. You can be sitting, standing or lying down to do this. However, you must make sure that your back is straight. To do this, you need to touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger while the other fingers are stretched out but relaxed. While doing so, focus on your breath.
PRANA MUDRA: This mudra is about prana, which means life force energy. It concentrates on one’s energy and boosts their immunity. It can help improve the health of eyes and help with fatigue and insomnia. To do this, touch the tip of your thumb with the tips of your ring finger and little finger while you stretch out the other two fingers.
PRITHVI MUDRA: This mudra helps you connect with prithvi, which means the earth. It helps one with achieving a balanced and fulfilling life by strengthening his body, reducing fatigue and keeping one grounded and free from irrational thought. To do this, touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your ring finger while keeping the other fingers extended.
VAYU MUDRA: This mudra helps regulate air inside your body. It is helpful in relieving aches and pains, as well as shortness of breath. It is particularly helpful for pain in the joints, and can even bring relief to people suffering from arthritis. To do this mudras, roll your index finger towards your thumb so that its tip touches the mound of your thumb. The other three fingers should be stretched out.
SURYA MUDRA: Also known as Agni Mudra, this one helps regulate the amount of heat in your body. This mudra helps in boosting the metabolism of your body, leading to weight loss, helping in obesity, improving eyesight, relieving constipation, indigestion, common cold and other metabolism-related problems. To do this, fold your ring finger so that its tip touches the base of your thumb. Gently apply pressure with the thumb on the second digit of the ring finger. The other fingers should be stretched out.