According to the Kundalini Yoga experts, every area of the hand forms a reflex zone for an associated part of the body and the brain. This means that we can consider the hands to be a mirror for our body and our mind. Before we continue, I would like to ask you a simple question – do you know what are mudras? Mudras or hand gestures is a practice to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. You should also know that our hands define our karma and fingers being the power points, are a link between individual Pranic force and universal cosmic energy. The subtle hand and finger movements make important connections in the nervous system and stimulate specific energy pathways or nadis. The human body is an amalgamation of 5 elements of nature – Earth, Air, Water, Space and Fire and each finger acts as a representative of one element. So, if you want to cure any disease, you can simply tap into the energy of the elements and rectify the imbalance with the practice of suitable mudras. Starting from the thumb, the fingers represent Fire, Air, Space, Earth and Water. And, one more thing – the mudras redirect the energy flow to the upper Chakras, and gradually establish a link between all the Koshas (layers) of the body. Just take a look at the 7 mudras, its benefits and duration for improving our mental, spiritual and physical health.
8 Hand Mudras for Health
Note: make sure you practice each mudra with both hands for at least 5-10 minutes. Focus on your breath as you do so. You just have to follow the simple instructions. Here’s what you need to do:
- Prithvi Mudra: The Mudra of Earth
The experts say that you should practice this mudra to fight stress, reverse exhaustion, and improve digestion. Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to touch the tip od your ring finger with your thumb and extend all other fingers. Do the exercise, with both hands – at the same time. You’ll be amazed by the results.
- Vayu Mudra: The Mudra of Air
The experts say that you should use this pose to get rid of excess air in the stomach and digestive tract. Plus, it’s said to be beneficial for arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to fold your index finger and place your thumb over the joint of your index closest to its tip. Apply steady pleasure and stretch all other fingers.
- Varun Mudra: The Mudra of Water
This mudra will help you regulate fluids and moisturize dry, itchy skin. Note: you can do it by lightly touching the tips of your thumb and pinky finger together. Extend your other fingers as you do so.
- Gyan Mudra: The Mudra of Knowledge
The Gyan mudra or also known as the mudra of knowledge. You should know that this mudra is used to improve memory, sharpen focus, and fight insomnia by stimulating the pituitary and endocrine glands. Here’s what you need to do – first, you need to press the tip of your thumb against the tip of your index finger. Extend the three other fingers or you can also leave them slightly bent if you prefer.
- Agni Mudra: The Mudra of Fire
The experts say that you should use the Agni mudra to stimulate the thyroid gland and in turn relieve anxiety, promote weight loss, and improve digestion. Try this mudra by bending your ring finger and pressing its tip against the base of your thumb. Extend all other fingers.
- Prana Mudra – The Mudra of Life
First of all, you should know that the mudra of life is meant to bring balance to your life and body. Use it to stabilize energy, improve eyesight, and fight insomnia. To perform, touch the tip of your thumb with the tips of your pinky finger and ring finger. Extend your index and middle fingers.
- Apanu Vaya Mudra – The Mudra of the Heart
The Apany Vaya or the mudra of the heart is the most powerful mudra. Why – well, according to the experts, this mudra has the ability to prevent heart attack and improve the strength of your heart muscle. It’s very simple – you just have to bring the tips of your middle and ring fingers to the tip of your thumb. Extend your pinky and bring your index to the base of your thumb.
- Shunya Mudra – The Mudra of Emptiness
You should definitely practice this mudra if you suffer from frequent earaches and migraines. Here’s what you need to do – just bend your middle finger and place your thumb over the joint closest to the tip of your index. As you do so, curl the tip into the base of your thumb. Straighten all the other fingers. With regular practice alongside your yoga routine, the mudras above will leave you feeling relaxed and well-balanced. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one.