Mudras – Artwork of hands

Have you ever kept yourself in place of “Thakur”(character in a Bollywood movie without hands) from the movie “Sholay”? Jokes apart, it goes without saying that our hands are an integral part of our body. It allows you to sense the feeling of touch.

And why is touch so important? A touch can convey plethora of emotions without even uttering them. Ask a classical dancer what a friend she has in her fingers. It is an aesthetic vision to see how the dancer expresses emotions artistically through fingers. It is satisfying to the dancer and pleasant to the audience.

 Touch has the power to heal as well as destroy. Thereupon let me bring you in contact with “Mudras”. In simple language, Mudras are symbolic hand gestures that steer the flow of energy to different sections of the brain to promote relaxation.

Let me help you understand its meaning in depth. The five fingers of our hands represent the five elements of the universe. The thumb is regarded as the fire which stands for universal awareness. The index finger is regarded as air which stands for individual or self-awareness. The middle finger is regarded as sky which stands for bond or interconnection. The ring finger is regarded as earth and the little finger as water. These elements need to be in balance so that our body functions smoothly. There are umpteen types of Mudras sketched to bring out different benefits, depending on what we particularly need. By practicing it regularly and for longer cycles, an interconnection is created in the patterns of the brain that stimulates unconscious impulses in different areas. The internal energy is then distributed in a balanced manner, creating an effect on the sensory organs, tendons, glands and veins. Mudras are kind of medication that help in attaining a specific state of mind leading to well-being.

Read on and assimilate these common mudras in your lifestyle along with proper breathing techniques for best results.

Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge)

The Gyana Mudra increases concentration, creativity, and is a gesture of knowledge. It boosts memory power, builds mental power and sharpens the brain. If done regularly, your mental and psychological disorders such as anger, stress, anxiety depression and even insomnia can be improved considerably.

Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air)

This Mudra controls the restlessness, nervousness, and calms an uneasy mind. It also harmonizes our natural body energies, such as blinking, sneezing or yawning. It helps in the release of extra gases and treats imbalance of air disease.

Prana Mudra (Mudra of life)

The Prana Mudra activates the dormant energy within the body. Prana Mudra symbolizes energy or spirit of life. It provides energy and health. It increases the body resistance to diseases, reduces deficiency of vitamins, and removes tiredness.

Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness)

This Mudra symbolizes patience and discipline, and helps us generate a feeling of stability.

Apan Mudra (Mudra of Digestion)

This Mudra gives relief from constipation, piles and kidney defects. It is best for stomach disease. Apana means air that runs in our body. It helps in governing all forms of elimination and reproduction of our body.

Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun)

This Mudra represents energy and health, and it provides us with a feeling of balance. It can also help with bringing positive changes into our lives. It lowers our laziness quotient.

Varun Mudra (Mudra of Water)

This Mudra helps in enhancing intuitive communication. It encourages openness, fluid communication and balances the water element in the body.

Ling Mudra (Mudra of Heat)

This Mudra builds heat in the body and can cause sweating even in winters. It helps in the control of cold, asthma, cough and sinus.

Dhyana Mudra

This Mudra provides calming energy for meditation and is used for deep contemplation and reflection. It also benefits in deep thinking. It relieves stress and mental pressures.

Kubera Mudra ( Wealth Mudra)

This Mudra is  used in yoga to focus on abundance and prosperity – both spiritual and physical. The term comes from the name Kubera, a Hindu demi-god of riches.

If you’d like to create a mystical Midas touch, come join me in practicing “Mudras” at Calida’s yoga sessions for beginners in Thane West at my home through a one-on-one, only for girls format from 7 to 8am on weekdays only for Rs.500/- for the first month. Let’s add this new dimension to our yoga practice and witness incredible changes!!!

One thought on “Mudras – Artwork of hands

  1. Thank you calida.
    This is a very informative post. Its nice to see that you are doing what you love and you are actually good at it.

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