You may learn more about the 12 mudras meaning in this article, as well as how to do them.
Mudras are hand positions that have an impact on your body’s energies and emotions. Air, water, fire, earth, and Akash are the five elements that make up our physical body (the small intercellular spaces in the human body also known as Ether).
When these components are out of balance, our immune system is compromised, which leads to illnesses.
There are numerous mudras that are essential parts of yoga. Even a few institutes don’t explain all mudras in yoga teacher training.
Here, I’ll go through 12 powerful mudras and their advantages.
The Fingers For The Five Elements Are
These fingers in various places can make up for any deficiencies or imbalances in any of these components.
For instance, by connecting the tips of the thumb and index finger, a mental illness can be cured (known as Chin Mudra).
The mudras cause electromagnetic currents to flow through the body, balancing the various elements and regaining health as a result.
Mudras are helpful in meditation and concentration. Concentration creates peace of mind and makes a person mindful.
Some of the typical mudras include:
Chin mudra is extremely beneficial for improving memory and concentration power.
Steps to do this Mudra: Bend the first finger such that its tip rests on the base of the thumb. Bend the thumb until it gently presses the middle finger. The rest of the fingers and the palm should face the sky. Hold this mudra for 45 minutes or 3 sessions of 15 minutes each.
The Shunya Mudra provides relief from ear-related illnesses and symptoms, including ringing in the ears and earaches.
Steps to do this Mudra: Bend the middle finger such that its tip rests on the base of the thumb. Bend the thumb until it gently presses the middle finger. The rest of the fingers and the palm should face the sky. Hold this mudra for 45 minutes or 3 sessions of 15 minutes each.
The Prana Mudra helps to activate and energize our bodies. It creates a storage house of energy so that we can face our challenges in life.
Steps to do this Mudra: Join the tip of the ring and little fingers with the thumb. The other two fingers and the palm should face the sky.
The Surya Mudra promotes weight loss. The effectiveness of this mudra in treating digestive issues can improve.
Steps to do this Mudra: Gently place the tip of the ring finger on the base of the thumb and bend the thumb finger towards the middle of the ring finger. Hold on to this Mudra for 30 minutes or 2 sessions of 15 minutes each.
The Prithvi Mudra helps to increase the strength and endurance of our body, thus making the body sturdy. It also prevents hair loss and weight loss.
Steps to do this Mudra: Join the tip of the ring finger and the thumb. Hold on to this mudra for 30 to 45 minutes a day (may do it in 2 or 3 sessions).
7 Powerful Mudras for Pranayama
A breathing technique called pranayama has several advantages, including those of Kapalbhati Pranayama and other forms of breathing yoga.
We already covered “What is a Mudra?” and 5 typical forms of Mudra. We will learn the mudras for pranayama now.
Nasagra-Mudra Or (Nose-Tip Mudra)
This mudra is used to regulate the flow of air through each nostril individually. This mudra is performed using the right hand.
Only the nasikagra-mudra should be used when performing a type of pranayama called nadi-shodhana, which involves alternating nostril breathing.
The other mudras can be utilized in pranayamas where controlling the nostrils is not required, depending on the necessity and fit.
The Technique: Place the tips of the right little and ring fingers by the side of the left nostril and the tip of the right thumb by the side (the soft area) of the right nostril.
The right little finger must be left inactive at the side, and only the tip of the right ring finger may be put on the left nose.
Maintain the right index and middle fingers in an erect position so that their tips are close to the eyebrow center.
These two fingers need to be loosened. Right thumb pressure is used to shut the right nostril and release pressure to open it.
Similar to how the right little and ring fingers are used to close and open the right nostril, the same applies to the left nostril.
Apply just enough pressure to the sidewalls of the nostrils to prevent distortion to one or the other side of the nasal septum that separates the two nostrils.
Maintain a comfortable posture with your arms and shoulders down, your right arm extended away from your chest, and your right elbow pointing downward.
Chin-Mudra (Psychic Gesture Of Consciousness)
This mudra is performed while seated in any of the asanas for meditation. The hands are both in use. The tips of each hand’s index finger and thumb are in contact with one another.
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The thumb and index finger can either create a circle or an acute angle. The palms of the hands are facing up and are placed on each knee. Straight but relaxed should be the other three fingers.
The tip of the index finger is positioned near the base of the thumb in one version of the chin mudra.
Chinmaya-Mudra (Psychic Gesture Of Pervading Consciousness)
The index finger is bent such that it touches the thumb’s tip. The tips of the other three fingers should contact or point in the direction of the palm.
The palms of the hands should be facing either upwards or downwards when they are placed on each knee.
Adi-Mudra (PRIMAL GESTURE)
Each hand’s palm will be folded over the thumb. The fingers of each hand are then curled over the corresponding thumb to form a fist.
With the palm of each hand facing either upwards or downwards, place it on the corresponding knee.
Brahma-Mudra (Psychic Gesture of all-Pervading Conscious)
Each hand’s thumb should be turned inward across the palm. Overlap each finger with the corresponding thumb.
Place the hands on the lap at the level of the pelvic bone with the dorsal sides looking down and the clasped ventral sides facing up. Bring the knuckles (the knuckles adjacent to the palms, the proximal phalanges) of the fingers to be juxtaposed.
The inserted thumbs should face away from the body and the little fingers should be close to the body. Keep the fingernails visible by contacting the tips of the fingers with the backs of the palms rather than the hollow in the middle.
Bhairava Or Bhairavi-Mudra
Pose yourself in lotus or padmasana. Keep your spine straight and place your hands on both thighs.
With both palms facing up, place the right hand on the left hand’s palm for the Bhairava-mudra.
Khechari or Nabho-Mudra (Tongue Lock)
Khechari literally translates as “roaming through space.” Lie down or take a meditation pose. Back your tongue. The lower tongue surface makes contact with the upper palate during the rolling motion. Shut your mouth.
Try to bring the tongue tip as far backward and upward toward the roof of the pharynx as you can without straining.
As long as you feel comfortable, hold this mudra. After a little period, discomfort might come in. In that instance, take a moment to relax the tongue, then perform the mudra again.
Precaution: Practice of khechari-mudra shouldn’t be done when lying down
Mudras play a significant role in our daily lives. We frequently perform mudras, whether consciously or unconsciously. You can also perform Yogmudra to make your abdomen strong.
However, if we perform a Mudra while being aware of its significance or mudra’s meaning, we will profit more. With mudras, it is also possible to treat all types of illnesses, and by performing them, our minds are also brought to rest.