Get started with Mudras

“Mudra” in Sanskrit means gesture. With regular and correct practise, mudras are able to balance the energy within the mind and body of oneself. This can contribute to overall well-being or prevent future health problems.

Mudras done using different motions with our hands are called Hasta Mudra. This can influence the cosmic energy within our bodies. The 5 fingers represent 5 key elements:

Thumb – Fire

Index Finger – Air

Middle Finger – Space

Ring Finger – Earth

Small Finger – Water

There are 399 mudras which one can practice. It is a lot to take in, so here are some of the most frequently used mudras that we should be aware of.

1. Gyan Mudra (Wisdom)

By doing Gyan mudra, it will help to increase memory, concentration and improve sleep. This mudra is known to bring peace and calmness during meditation.
Duration of practise: None
When can it be used: Anytime in the day or during yoga

 

2. Chin Mudra (Consciousness)


This mudra helps to lift dull energy and connect to your higher self.
Duration of practise: None
When can it be used: Anytime in the day or during yoga

 

3. Vishnu Mudra (Balance)

When combined with breathing exercises, Vishnu mudra helps to bring balance to the right and left hemispheres of the body. It helps to support the respiratory system, resulting in an overall detox of body.
Duration of practice: Maximum 15 – 20 minutes.
When can it be used: Using only right hand in Nadi Shodana, alternate nostril breathing

I hope this was helpful in helping you get acquainted with the mudras.