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The term mudra is used to denote a “gesture” , “mark” or “seal.” When we practice these symbolic gestures with our hands and fingers, it is known as ‘ yoga mudra.’ These mudras ease the energy flow in the body and you feel your journey within to be enhanced. So explore these mudras as you go step by step while adding a new edge to your practice when you meditate or perform pranayama.
How Yoga Mudras Work
The hands have different areas which are connected to other areas in the brain and the body. When our hands are placed in the yoga mudras, these different areas get stimulated and a specific energy circuit is created in the body. Thus , by doing the same, we are able to foster the reaching of a specific or particular state of mind.
The Five Elements Within Us
There are five elements that constitute the universe. Each of our five fingers represents each element which are as follows:
- Thumb – Fire, universal consciousness
- Index finger – air , individual consciousness
- Middle finger – akasha, connection
- Ring finger- earth
- Little finger- water
When there is an imbalance in these five elements, the body experiences disease. To create a balance among these elements within the body, mudras are used as one of the ways. To know more about their benefits, read on :
A gesture of knowledge, this mudra is said to increase concentration power and enhance one’s creativity.
This mudra is said to symbolize discipline and patience. It fosters feelings of stability and can be used when there is the need felt for additional force to keep up with our tasks .
Surya Ravi Mudra
Representing health and energy, this mudra lets us feel a sense of balance. It also works handy when we want to lead a life with positive changes.
This mudra symbolises openness and communication by bringing together the two elements- fire and water. Your intuitive knowledge can be strengthened by this mudra.
Activate your dormant energy that is within your body with the Prana mudra. Symbolising the force of prana, this mudra fosters the flow of energy and makes you feel strong and energised.
The calming energy that you need while meditating is provided by this mudra.It is useful for reflection and deep contemplation.
Love and gratitude are expressed through this mudra.
How to use Mudra?
These mudras can be used while practicing pranayama or meditating. You can chose the one that you feel you are connected to most of the time or each time or it can be used depending on what feeling you want to generate.
Adopt yoga and meditation in your life to bring about self-awakening and balance in your mind, body and soul.