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The Healing Power of Mudras

Updated on December 14, 2019
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Mudra translates to gesture in Sanskrit. Mudras channel your body's energy flow. They are used by Hindus and Buddhists in religious ceremonies and dances.

Mudras originated in India. Nātyaśāstra, which is a Sanskrit text on performing arts, lists 24 one-hand and 13 two-hand mudras.

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Mudras are very effective against various ailments. For instance Prana Mudra and Varuna Mudra are helping many people get rid of eczema symptoms.

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Here are five Mudras with their health benefits

Prana Mudra

This vital Mudra energises you by stimulating the root Chakra. It is also known as Kapha Karak Mudra and Pitta Nashak Mudra.

To do this Mudra, you need to join the tip of your thumb with the top of your little and ring finger. Keep the other two fingers straight.

It is best practiced in lotus posture. You may practise this mudra for half an hour in a day. Do not do this Mudra while lying down. Do not do it if you have cold and cough.

Prana Mudra Technique

Vayu Mudra

Vayu means air. Vayu Mudra, which is also known as Vayu Shaamak Mudra, removes extra gas from the body.

It is effective against ailments caused by air imbalance. It is used to treat joint pain. Practise this Mudra for 15 minutes daily. Stop doing this Mudra after you get the desired results.

It is easy to practise this Mudra. You just need to place the tip of your index finger at the base of your thumb. Gently pressurize the thumb upon your index finger. Is it difficult?

How to Do Vayu Mudra?

Vayu Mudra is the Mudra for gas and acidity

Varuna Mudra

Varuna translates to water in Sanskrit. Varuna Mudra balances the water element in the body. It is also known as Jal Vardhak Mudra.

Varuna Mudra purifies and nourishes your body's fluids, particularly the blood and lymph systems.

It is used to treat skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Do this Mudra for around half an hour daily. Practice this mudra in moderation if you are a Pitta or Kapha Prakriti person.

Doing this Mudra is definitely not a rocket science. You just need to touch the tip of your little finger with the tip of your thumb. Keep the rest of the fingers straight. Is it a major challenge?

How to Do Varuna Mudra?

Gyan Mudra

This powerful Mudra does wonders to your mental health. It gives you peace of mind and increases the ability of your mind to concentrate. It is a favorite among people practicing meditation. Practise this Mudra for half an hour daily.

The simplicity of this Mudra is mind blowing. To practice it you just need to lightly touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of the index finger (both the hands), keeping the other fingers straight but relaxed.

How to Do Gyan Mudra?

Surya Mudra

Also known as Agni Mudra, this yogic hand gesture regulates the amount of heat in your body. It helps promote digestion. If you are looking to lose weight, this Mudra is just right for you. Do this Mudra for 30 minutes daily for best results.

How to Do Surya Mudra?

Prithvi Mudra

This Mudra improvers blood circulation. It strengthens the skeletal system. It prevents exhaustion. It helps you achieve optimum skin health. Practise this Mudra for 30 minutes daily.

How to Do Prithvi Mudra?

Shankh Mudra

This Mudra is very effective against thyroid problems and respiratory system related illnesses. To do this Mudra, encircle your left thumb with the fingers of your right hand. Place the fingers of your left hand on the back of your right palm. Slowly touch the thumb of your right hand with the middle finger of your left hand. This is Shankh Mudra. Hold this position for 45 minutes. Do it once a day; or thrice (15 minutes) a day.

Fingers and Elements

Agni (fire)
Vayu (air)
Middle finger
Akasha (space)
Ring finger
Prithvi (earth)
Little finger
Jala (water)

Mudras for Healing

Gyan Mudra
Alzheimer’s disease
Prithvi Vardhak Mudra
Surya Mudra
Prithvi Mudra
Varun Mudra
Surya Mudra
Aakash Mudra
Vaayu Mudra
Varun Mudra

The ancient sages could intuit the presence of the five elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) in the human body. Our hands are thought to hold energetic points for these elements and thus the use of mudras is a way of manipulating these elements.

— Leo Carver, Ayurvedic consultant

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Srikanth R


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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      That was very interesting to read. I've never heard of Mudras before, but would like to try this. Thankyou.


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