Benefits of Mudras

Mudra is derived from Sanskrit meaning “to produce joy”. In history, mudras were used in Hindu traditions. Each of the rituals has its own importance and meaning in the world of science. Mudra is a form of expressing the self. It helps you ease into deep meditation by relaxing and allowing you to focus. Mudras are a set of gestures done that can be used with meditations to help guide the flow of energy.

How Are Mudras Practiced?

To charge up the use of mudras, it’s recommended to first, wash your hands. This is not a common way of handwashing but a ritual in mudra. This is done by rubbing your hands together 10 times. The purpose of this is to allow the flow of energy into your hands.

Each mudra asks us to place our hands into different positions situated at various places on or over the body. As an example, Dhyana Mudra is performed by placing your hands in your lap with each of them cupped. Allow the right hand to rest on top of the left hand. Bring the tips of the thumbs together with only a slight bit of pressure. Dhyana means mediation, this a great choice for beginners who are new to mudras and/or meditating. Ideally, it should be 15minutes, but this could be too much especially for beginners, so it is better to start from the fewest minutes you can hold and gradually increase it. You can also divide the minutes several times during the day to ensure that you are doing it at your own pace. One of the many benefits of mudras is that you can practice them anywhere at any time.

The Basic Types of Mudras And Their Benefits

Mudras are hand gestures done with poses: Sukhasana, Vajrasana, and Padmasana. Curling, stretching, crossing, and touching the hands and fingers can immediately relax our body parts as each part of the hand is connected to specific locations. There are actually different types of mudras and each is differentiated according to the specific goal, hope, level of energy and devotion.

Mudra of Air (Vayu Mudra)

How to do it:

Perform this anytime you want. You may do it on a full stomach or an empty stomach. Do this on either a lying, sitting or standing position. The mudra of air is actually one of the easiest to do of all the mudras. Simply bend your index finger to move the pad of your index finger toward your palm. Place the pad of your thumb near the second knuckle of the pointer. Allow the other fingers to extend.

Benefits:

  • It balances the amount of air in your body by releasing too much wind, especially from the stomach. This effectively eliminates pain from the chest as well as rheumatic pain.

Mudra of Heat (Agni Mudra)

How to do it:

Practice this mudra in the morning in a sitting position and before breakfast. First, bend your ring finger towards your palm. Press the pad of your thumb to the space just below your second knucle. Extend the other fingers straight.

Benefits:

  • It helps with metabolizing fat and regulates fat
  • Speeds up digestion
  • Enhances strength
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Prevents high cholesterol

Mudra of Knowledge (Cin Mudra)

How to do it:

Do this mudra during meditation, particularly in the early morning since you will start with a fresh mind. Start by touching the tip of your index finger and the tip of your thumb. The remaining fingers are either straightened or slightly bent.

Benefits:

  • Enhances your concentration and memory, it, therefore, sharpens your mental capacity
  • Used to heal stress, anger, depression, and anxiety

Mudra of Earth (Prithvi Mudra)

How to do it:

This is usually done in the morning but it can be done anytime to help bring a sense of being grounded. Just touch the tip of your ring finger to the tip of your thumb. while the remaining fingers remain extended.

Benefits:

  • Relieves tension and stress as well as exhaustion
  • Immediately increases energy levels
  • Results to glowing skin because it promotes good circulation to the body
  • Improves tolerance and patience
  • Enhances focus during meditation

Mudra of Water (Jala Mudra)

How to do it:

This mudra is for enhancing the outer beauty, however, be careful not to press the tip of your little finger because this will only result in dehydration. Just touch the tip of your little finger lightly with the tip of your thumb. The remaining three fingers are then extended. The mudra of water is performed at any time and at any position but I prefer performing this mudra while sitting cross-legged.

Benefits:

  • It beautifies the skin keeping it away from various skin problems such as acne and pimples because it improves the circulation of fluids in the body
  • It balances the body’s water content
  • Keeps the skin moisturized thus adding that extra glow to your face and skin
  • Relieves any muscle pain
2018-10-15T12:11:43+00:00
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