According to the Vedic tradition, our body is a crossroad of energy channels, especially in the hands and feet. To stimulate and harmonize the energy flow, it is advisable to practice mudra or “hand yoga” also called hand gestures. Let’s examine this ancient practice.
What is mudra?
Mudras, or hand yoga, are hand positions from the ancient Hindu tradition which harmonize the flow of energy through the body, improve concentration, help control extreme emotional states, etc.
By creating shapes with two or more fingers, mudras involve various elements of the human body. When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is brought into balance. To have a better idea, here are the elements corresponding to each finger of the hand:
- Fire element corresponds to the thumb
- Air element corresponds to the index finger
- Ether element corresponds to the middle finger
- Earth element corresponds to the ring finger
- Water element corresponds to the little finger
To get the maximum benefits of this practice, it is important to activate the hands before realizing, by hitting or shaking them slightly, to focus on the meaning of the selected mudra and breathe slowly and deeply into the realizing.
You can practice mudra twice a day for fifteen minutes, while you are standing on a bus stop or during the trips in the means of transportation. It is advisable to practice one mudra for 20 to 40 days before moving to another.
Here are some mudras to practice and their benefits:
Put the tip of ring finger at the base of thumb, with the thumb gently pressing on it. The position of the fingers of this mudra can increase the effect of the fire in the body. It therefore helps to maintain the body temperature and activate the weight loss process. It also helps remove excess weight by improving digestion. The Surya Mudra is also ideal for people who suffer from a decreased visual acuity, impaired blood circulation, and tremors.
By changing the position of the ring finger and placing it on the thumb, it is the energy of the Earth that becomes dominant. It therefore improves the growth of different tissues and muscles of the body and aids in healing. It eliminates the effect of the fire that can cause inflammation. Unlike the previous mudra, it is ideal for underweight people, because it prevents energy loss and deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.
Press the index finger on the base of the thumb and keep the thumb on the index finger. Let the other fingers be straight. By implementing the air, this pose improves the transport and flow of oxygen throughout the body. It helps eliminate problems associated with excess gas such as constipation and flatulence. In addition, the Vayu Mudra promotes calmness and helps reduce aggression and hyperactivity.
Press the middle finger on the base of the thumb and keep the thumb on the middle finger. Keep the other three fingers straight. This position of the fingers is associated with the ears. Its stimulation is used to treat hearing disorders and treat numbness in various body parts. It is also very effective in reducing dizziness and nausea caused by motion sickness.
Join the tips of the index finger and the thumb and keep the other 3 fingers stretched and joined. This mudra is considered a gesture of wisdom or knowledge. It is the meeting point of the Universal Soul and the individual soul. It helps improve concentration, increases enthusiasm, treats depression, relieves headaches and reduces stress and anger.
Join the tip of the thumb and the little finger. With this mudra the action of the water is activated. Thus, all parts of the body are better hydrated, and all disorders associated with dehydration are treated. This improves the appearance of the skin, promotes blood circulation and helps reduce muscle pain. This mudra is also recommended in case of loss of sense of taste and hormonal disorder.
Touch together the tips of the middle finger with that of the thumb. This finger position increases the ether element of the body. The Aakash Mudra therefore alleviates the lack of space in the body that can cause heart weakness or ear and joint disorders. This mudra helps treat heart disease, high blood pressure, dizziness and loss of balance. It also increases the spiritual power and is excellent for ridding the mind of negative thoughts and concerns, and the body of waste and tensions.