7 Amazing Yoga Mudras and Their Surprising Health Benefits

What is yogic mudra?

Mudra is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘hand gesture’. All the yogic mudras are certain hand gesture, especially the fingers, having unknown and amazing numerous health benefits, if they are practice scientifically and following right technique. In other words, we also can say that Mudras are ‘Yoga in your Hands’. Basically, they are associated with flow of energy in the body thereby helps to treat many ailments and diseases. Here, I will discuss about seven amazing mudras, how they perform step by step and their surprising health benefits.

7 Amazing Yoga Mudras and Their Surprising Health Benefits
Gyana Mudra

Fingers represent five elements

The fingers of hand represent the five elements, which play important role for the overall functioning of the body.   

  • Thumb finger-Fire
  • Index finger-Air
  • Middle finger-Space
  • Ring finger-Earth
  • Little finger-Water

What is Gyana Mudra?

This is one of the prominent and most widely used yogic mudras generally practiced during pranayama and meditation. 

 How to do Gyana Mudra

  • Place the tip of the thumb on your index fingertip and extend your other fingers.
  • You can keep your hand on your thighs.
  • Maintain it initially for 5 minutes and may increase for 15 minutes.
  • Do it on regular basis.

Benefits of Gyana Mudra

  1. According to Keshav Dev, this mudra is a universal remedy for improving states of mental tension and disorders.
  2. It helps to promote memory and concentration.
  3. It is beneficial in case of insomnia, sleeplessness, depression and high blood pressure. 

What is Vayu Mudra?

It is also known as wind mudra.

How to do Vayu Mudra

  • Bend the index finger so that its tip touches the ball of the thumb.
  • Press the thumb lightly to the index finger.
  • Maintain it initially for 5 minutes and may increase for 15 minutes.
  • Do it on regular basis.

Benefits of Vayu mudra

  1. It helps to release excessive gas from the body. 
  2. It also helps in the treatment of gout, sciatica, flatulence and rheumatism.

What is Surya Mudra?

Surya mudra is associated with fire element, reduces Kapha element in the body and helps to enhance body metabolism. It is also known as ‘Agni Vardhak Mudra’.   

How to do Surya Mudra

  • Vayu Mudra is performed by placing the ring finger at the tip of the base of the thumb and press.
  • Rest of the fingers will be stretched.

 Benefits of Surya Mudra

·         It helps in weight loss by burning of fats and removing the cholesterol.

·          It enhances your metabolism, thus improves your digestion.

What is Prana Mudra?

Prana Mudra helps to make you refreshed and rejuvenated. It is a mudra for vitality too.

How to do Prana Mudra

  • It is performed by touching the tip of ring as well as little fingers with the thumb one.
  • Rest of the fingers will be stretched.

Benefits of Prana Mudra

  • It helps to strengthen the immunity of the body.
  • Good for eyesight.
  • Helps to make you refresh and rejuvenated.

What is Pirthvi Mudra?

Pirthvi Mudra helps to subdue fire element in the body.

How to do Pirthvi Mudra?

  • In case of this mudra, the tips of the ring finger and thumb need to be touched.
  • Other fingers will be straight and stretched.

Benefits

The following benefits of this mudra are:

  • It prevents skin rashes.
  • Prevents hair loss.
  • It is also beneficial who desire for weight gain.
  • The arthritis patients should also share this.

What is Adi Mudra?

The mudra is good for nervous system and helps in the expansion of lung too.

How to do Adi Mudra?

  • First of all, place the thumb at the base of the small finger and the remaining fingers should be bent over it.
  • Try to make a fist.

Benefits

  • It is good for the nervous system.
  • It ensures proper oxygen flow in the body thus good for lung expansion too.

What is Chinmaya Mudra?

It is a mudra for awareness. It is beneficial in case of physical and mental health.

How to do Chinmaya Mudra?

  • Makes a touch with the tip of the index finger with the thumb one.
  • Rest of the fingers will curl upon into the palms.
  • The palm will face upwards.

Benefits of Chinmaya Mudra

  • Good for digestion
  • Ensures smooth flow of energy in the body.

Duration of performing mudra

Initially, mudras can be performed for 30 seconds or 1 minute. Its duration may be increased up to 20 minutes. It can be performed twice a day as per one’s convenience.

Top facts about Yogic mudras

  1. Yogic mudras are associated with healing power.
  2. Since hands are having numerous acupuncture points or reflex zone, known as the controlling centre of the body. Thus, hands are the mirror of the body. 
  3. If you are not having time to do yoga or any other physical exercises; you can practice mudra to channelize your body energy.
  4. The five fingers in a hand represent the five elements namely fire, water, air, sky, and earth, termed as Pancha Mahabhutas.
  5. Mudras can be practice for few seconds to one hour.
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