In our current gadget world where we are always using computers, watching television, looking at our mobile phones or doing so much near work, there are increasing eye related problems like eye strain, fatigue, dry eye and headache.
Mudra is a part of Ayurveda and Yoga. The practice of mudra is very beneficial for our health as it enhances the entire health condition of our body and mind. There are many mudras for our eyes and they are very simple to practice without any cost and at your own convenience. In general, daily practice of 45 minute is optimal for best results and practise them by sitting in padmasana or sukhasana, with the mudras in both hands outstretched and placed on knees.
This is a rejuvenating mudra and activates the energy and makes our body active, healthy, energetic and elicit vitality. It removes tiredness and is beneficial for eye fatigue and easing dry red eyes.
Method: This is done by touching the tips of little finger and ring finger with the tip of the thumb for at least 15 to 30 minute. The index and middle fingers are straight and together.
Other benefits: Strengthen immunity of body, Reduces nervousness, Increase self confidence, Provide mental stability, Control emotions, Control hunger and thirst during fasting and heal any types of cramps in muscles and pain in the legs.
The vayu hand mudra takes care of air imbalance in the body This is recommended for easing the feeling of heaviness on eyelids and prevent loss of eyelashes.
Method: Place thumb down on index finger and keep all remaining three fingers comfortably straight.
Do this 3 times a day before meal for at least 15 minute to release the vayu from eye lids.
Other benefits: Relief from Rheumatism, Sciatica, Stiff Neck, Knee Pain, Gout, Joint Pain in hands, feet, Paralysis, Hysteria, Reduce extra wind from stomach and body, Relieve chest pain, Tighten and strengthen chest, Build immunity for cold and cough.
When our eyes are exposed to dust, television and computer, they are more susceptible to dryness due to partial blinking and disrupeted tear layer. The eyes become dry and may be accompanied by burning sensation and redness. The varuna mudra removes bad air from eyes and gives relief and balances the water element in the body.
Method: Join the tips of the thumb and little finger together for 10-15 minutes, 3 times a day.
Other benefits: Achieve strong communication, Revive dehydrated cells, ligaments and tissues, Dry skin, Dry mouth, Blood problems, Restores
moisture to the body, Relaxes muscles for cramp,
diarrhea, dehydration and to enhance beauty.
This mudra stimulates the air element of your body and cleanses our brain, pituitary glands, empowers mind and cures many nervous problems. For the eyes, it may be good for eye turn and droopy eyelids.
Method: Join the tips of thumb and index finger together gently while all the other fingers remain upright and place it at the thigh. A daily practice of 30 minutes is sufficient.
Practice this in same sitting posture as for above mudras and for 15 minutes, thrice a day till eye sight improves.
Other benefits: Mental Peace, Concentration, Sharp Memory, Insomnia, Mental Disorders, Stress, Depression, Drowsiness, Neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease, Hypopituitarism, Hypothyroidism, Hypoparathyroidism, Hypoadrenalism, Muscular disorders like myopathies, myasthenia gravies, paresis, paralysis(eg. paralytic squint, ptosis, facial palsy, vocal paralysis, respiratory paralysis, monoplane, paraplegia, hemiplegia, quadriplegia, etc.
Jalodar Nashak Mudra
Jal means water. Udar means(stomach) and Nashak means to end. The little finger signifies water element. Jalodhar Nashak Mudra controls the excess of water element in the stomach and also known to be good for watery eyes.
Method: Place thumb down on little finger and keep all remaining three fingers comfortably straight.
Practice this mudra 2-3 times per day for at least 15 minutes per session. Eyelids will not stick to each other after its usage.
Other benefits: Enhance beauty, Removes impurities from the blood, Restores moisture to skin, Relieve painful cramps, Swelling in any part of the body like face, hands, and legs, Excessive salivation, watery eyes, running nose, hyperacidity, diarrhoea, Excessive menses, Excessive urination.
The ring finger represents Prithvi element, and the thumb finger represents Agni element. When the tip of the ring finger is kept under the thumb, the Prithvi element is suppressed by the Agni element and it increases in the body. The Agni element is directly related to bodily temperature and metabolism and regular practice of this Mudra is beneficial to maintain the body temperature and to keep the metabolism in a proper way. The Agni element is also associated with vision and regular practice will strengthen the eyes, improve vision and may slow down the progressive of cataract.
Method: Place the tip of the ring finger on top of the tip of the thumb. Extend all the other fingers and keep them comfortably straight as possible. Practise this mudra facing east for at least 10 minutes, 3 times a day.
Other benefits: Strengthens body and mind, Glowing skin, Increases energy, Remove coldness of body, skin, limbs, feet and hannds, Helps in intolerance to cold and shivering, Regulate thyroid glands, Weight loss, Helps in people with indigestion, loss of appetite and constipation.
~ D.Tan (200hr YTT, Sep) ~