Before I started this YTT course, I have never came across the word Mudra. It was only in the first week of the YTT training that we were taught what mudras were. When I was exposed to this topic, I was intrigued by how something as simple as a Mudra can change our energies and have so much mental and physical benefits to us in our day to day lives.
Mudras means seals or gestures. Yoga mudras are gestures that we practise with our hands or fingers. But they can also be performed through our postures and head. Mudras helps us to look inwards of ourselves and Channel And recharge our energies. Some examples of mudras are
- Surya Mudra
To perform this Mudra, bend the ring finger, touch the root of the thumb with it and press the finger with the thumb. This Mudra helps to enhance the functionality of the thyroid gland and it helps reduce weight and cholesterol in the body. And it also reduces anxiety and indigestion.
- Gyan Mudra
To perform this Mudra, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger and keep the remaining 3 fingers stretched out. It helps to sharpen the brain and when practised for long can help to cure pyscological disorders like anger and depression.
I love these 2 mudras in particular. In modern world where people are stressed up by day to day duties, I feel that these mudras are so useful in helping us relax and bring back mental calmness. Moreover many people are down with depression and anxiety including the younger generation and hence these mudras can be so useful to them if practised for long term. Also, our current lifestyle has become very sedentary, with many people always working at their desks for hours and stuck to their gadgets. Weight and other health issues also then appear due to this. So practising these mudras consistently can also be great help to resolve such issues.
I love these 2 mudras and I’m Intrigued by mudras in general because of their efficacy despite its simplicity. They tend to be simple to do and can be done anywhere even when standing or while at work and yet they have so many benefits to us. So it’s a new found knowledge that I learnt and hope to Incorporate into my lifestyle now to enjoy the long term benefits of it.