This mudra helps to reduce constrictions in your body and helps to release excess air trapped within. By practicing regularly, you can use this mudra to get rid of issues related to excess gas like constipation, bloated stomach, flatulence, and gout. Vayu Mudra can also help with Parkinson’s disease, cervical spondylitis, arthritis, paralysis, and neck pain.
It also helps to reduce nervousness and restlessness and helps to calm your mind. Practicing it regularly can also help to relax muscles, soothe strained throats, relax overactive endocrine glands and reduce chest and rheumatic pain.
6. Varun Mudra
This is the Mudra of Water and helps to heal ailments related to dryness or lack of water.
To perform this hand mudra, sit in a relaxed posture and lightly touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your little finger. Keep the rest of your fingers relaxed yet straight without applying stress. You can also choose to lie down while doing this mudra. Moreover, you can practice this whenever you find it convenient as there is no specific time.
There are several healing benefits of doing Varun Mudra. It helps to balance water content in the body, increase blood flow, activate fluid circulation, regulate elements associated with the tongue like taste, treats skin diseases, decrease muscle aches, eliminates skin infections and dryness. Doing this mudra regularly can enhance your physical beauty by making your skin glow.
Do Mudras Really Work?
It can be really easy to misunderstand the essence of yoga mudras and how they can enhance your health and happiness. These are a subtle science which may take some more time to be understood properly. Although it might not be possible to measure how different mudras affect our energy with our current technology, the functions of our systems can significantly be altered by simple hand gestures.
Mudras are an integral part of Yoga and can be considered as an isometric connection that distributes energy to different parts of our body. Indian yogi and author Sadhguru explain that mudras are “a whole science by itself which essentially involves the geometry and circuitry of the body. By holding a certain mudra, the energies tend to move in a particular way.”
One 2018 study analyzed the coronal discharge around each fingertip through electro photonic imaging (EPI) captures to understand the effect of the Yogic practice of mudras on EPI parameters. The study found that practicing yoga mudras over a longer duration of time can bring statistically observable changes in the EPI parameter. The study conducted by the International Journal of Yoga stated that “Adopting a mudra and sitting quietly with eyes closed for 5 min did not have a big difference in the EPI parameters. However, mudra practiced for a long time showed a significant change in the mean value of the EPI parameter average intensity.”
The research paper added “Mudra must be practiced for more than 20 min in one sitting for observing a detectable change in the EPI parameters.”
Read also: The Science behind Yoga and Stress
Practice Yoga Mudras Regularly
“When reflex points of the fingertip are pressed, these healing substances are released and one can rebalance any diseased area of the body.” Deborah Nasca, The Healing Art of Mudras
Now that you have learned about some of the most beneficial yoga mudras that can help you heal mentally, physically and spiritually, it’s time for you to start practicing these mudras. Make sure to do these every single day and use some deep breathing exercises along with them. To experience the healing effects of these mudras, practice for 20 to 30 minutes each day. You can also break your practice into 3 sessions of 10-15 minutes every day.
So go ahead and give it a shot to experience the benefits of yoga mudras to live a better life.
Here is an interesting video that you may find helpful: