Did you know that mudras can help you heal various diseases and ailments? If you are new to Yoga, then you will be surprised to know about the fidden healing powers of yoga mudras. Take a look.
What is a Mudra?
Mudra is a sanskrit word which means “seal” or “gesture.” In Yoga, mudras are ritualistic and symbolic gestures that are widely practiced in Hinduism and Buddhism. These can usually be performed with our fingers and hands along with movements in shoulders, elbows, wrists and even the entire body.
Generally practiced during Yoga, these mudras help you to manage the flow of energy in our mind and body. According to yogic beliefs, when practiced properly and regularly, it can stimulate specific parts of the brain. Yoga mudras have certain healing powers and there are different mudras for different ailments and needs. These are performed with meditation and breathing exercises to boost the flow of life force or prana within your body.
Practicing mudras can make us feel happier and healthier as it can regulate our spiritual, emotional and physical energy. These can strengthen the connection between the mind and the body, alleviate aches and pains, stimulate endorphins, enhance mood and improve vitality.
The healing power of yoga mudras
“Mudras are hand gestures or simple formations of the fingers and hands which stimulate a specific energy pathway that can unlock higher levels of awareness and bring about healing when held with focus for extended periods of time,” explains healer and yoga teacher Sonali Bansal.
According to Yoga, each finger in our hand represents one of the five elements of nature:
- Our thumb represents fire
- Our index finger represents air
- Our middle finger represents space
- Our ring finger represents earth
- Our little finger represents water
“Each finger represents an element of nature and when that is brought into contact with the thumb, it brings about balance in that element and helps cure the disease caused by the imbalance,” adds Sonali.
When we touch the different fingers in certain gestures, it activates the 5 natural elements which affects Prana within us. Julie Bernier, Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga therapist, explains “Mudras integrate the annamaya kosha (physical body) with the manomaya kosha (mental body) and the pranamaya kosha (pranic body). This is why we can feel their effects, as they develop our mental awareness of the flow of prana throughout the physical body.”
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6 common healing yoga mudras
Yoga mudras can significantly help us to create balance among the different elements within us. Here are 5 helpful yoga mudras that can help you heal certain ailments and live a healthier life:
1. Gyana Mudra
This is one of the most common mudras in yoga that can help you to relieve stress. To perform this, simply join the tips of your index finger and your thumb together while keeping the rest of the fingers stretched yet relaxed. When you want to receive blessings from the universe, keep your palms facing upwards. However, when you want to feel grounded, rest your palms on your leg. Gyana Mudra represents the coming together of air and fire and symbolizes the unification of Brahma (universal) and self consciousness.
Although you can practice this mudar anytime while practicing yoga or meditation, it is best to perform this hand mudra at Brahma Muhurta, before sunrise. You can start by practicing for 5 minutes daily and gradually increase it to 3 sessions of 15 minutes every day.
Practicing Gyan mudra can help you to reduce the impact of mental disorders like stress, anxiety and depression, release anger, reduce headache and insomnia. Moreover, it also helps to improve memory and concentration. This mudra has been practiced for centuries for spiritual progress, inner peace and tranquility. Kaisa Kapanen, entrepreneur and Yin Yoga teacher, writes “This is perhaps the most used mudra in yoga and is also known as the chin mudra. The Gyana mudra increases concentration, creativity, and is a gesture of knowledge.”