What are the mudras?
In Hindu and Buddhist culture, mudras are symbolic gestures made with the hands and fingers that can be used for healing certain ailments. They are easy to do and can be performed at anytime. A continuous practice of mudras can promote minute changes in the body by using pulse centers on parts of your hands that can trigger certain healing processes.
The philosophy of Mudra Therapy:
It is believed that the 5 fingers correspond to the five basic elements.
Thumb – fire (Agni)
Index finger – air (Vayu)
Middle finger – ether (Aakasha)
Ringer finger – earth (Prithvi)
Small finger – water (Jala)
In order to bring balance in the 5 elements, there are specific methods of touching and aligning the fingers with each other. There are tons of different mudras that can be done but we will just share with you 5 different kinds that you can apply to your daily practice.
1. Gyan Mudra or The Mudra of Knowledge
Touch the tip of the thumb and tip of index finger together. The other 3 fingers have to be kept straight. It helps in meditation, concentration and reduces negativity in the mind.
2. Prana Mudra or The Mudra of Life
The tips of the thumb, ring and middle finger are touched together. The other 2 fingers are kept straight. It awakens the power of Prana and gives energy. It also boosts immunity, improves vision and keeps eye ailments away.
3. Shoonya Mudra or The Mudra of Emptiness
The tip of the middle finger touches the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger. The other 3 fingers are kept straight. It helps to cure hearing related problems and strengthens bones and gums. It can also improve mental states.
4. Vayu Mudra or The Mudra of Air
The tip of the index finger touches the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger. The other fingers remain straight. It balances the air within the body and improves digestion.
5. Shuni Mudra or The Mudra of Patience
The tip of the middle finger and thumb are together. It symbolizes patience and discipline and helps to generate a feeling of stability. Practice this when you need strength to continue with tasks.
We hope that you find this information helpful and can apply these wonderful mudras to your meditation and yoga practice. <3