Mudras are gestures we make with our hands during asana/meditation.
Mudras are powerful tools that can help us channel the flow of prana (vital energy). The regular practice of mudras can help us move towards the goal of drawing our attention inwards .
There are close to a 100 known mudras. I’ve picked a random selection of 8 mudras for us today.
How many of these can you identify? Do you know how they affect us?
1) Buddhi Mudra
The Buddhi Mudra is performed by bringing the thumb and the little finger together while holding the other fingers straight.
This mudra is used for mental clarity. It creates the capacity to communicate clearly and intuitively.
2) Gyan Mudra
The Gyan Mudra is performed by bringing the tip of the thumb and tip of the index finger together. The other fingers are kept straight.
This mudra is used to improve ones concentration and sharpen the memory. This is a great mudra to use when one seeks to gain knowledge.
3) Surya Mudra
Perform Surya Mudra by bending your ring finger to the base of your thumb and touching the ring finger’s knuckle. Stretch your other three fingers straight.
This mudra is used to increase the solar/fire element in the body. It helps improve metabolism and digestion. It is also useful in reducing heaviness in the body. It is believed to help in warding off colds, since it increases core body temperature.
4) Apana Mudra
To perform Apana mudra, bring your second and third fingers to your thumb. The other fingers can be outstretched.
This mudra is beneficial for helping the elimination of waste from the body, both mental and physical.
5) Vayu Mudra
To perfrom the Vayu mudra bring the index finger to the base of the thumb and touch the thumb to the knuckle of the index finger. The other fingers can be outstretched.
The Vayu mudra is good for diseases related to air imbalances, such as gas-related pain, flatulence, joint pain, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.
6) Prana Mudra
Perform prana mudra by touching your ring and pinky fingers to the tip of your thumb, while keeping the other two fingers straight.
This mudra will help awaken your personal prana, and put you more in tune with the prana around you.
7) Rudra Mudra
Rudra mudra is perfromed by connecting your thumb to your index and ring fingers while keeping your other two fingers as straight as you can.
The word Rudra means ”lord” in Sanskrit, which is fitting for this gesture because the main benefits affect your personal power center—the solar plexus. It is said to improve clarity and concentration of thought.
8) Prithvi Mudra
Prithvi mudra is done by connecting the thumb to the ring finger and keeping the other fingers straight.
The practice of Prithvi mudra is useful to increase earth element and decrease the fire element within the body.
It will also increases the strength and endurance of your body.
Samrat Pasham is a 200 RYT registered Yoga Teacher and a self-confessed inversion addict. He believes passionately in taking yoga and all movement practices outdoors. If you ever spend time with him, he will try to convince you thats its a good idea too. You’ve been given fair warning.