Have you seen different positions of hand during meditation?
These meditation hand poses are called as Mudras. Mudra is a Sanskrit term meaning gestures. These hand gestures are used in yoga and meditation as a powerful tool for self-care.
Do you know the significance of mudras in yoga?
Mudras have two major significances in meditation; it reduces stress and increases concentration. Each type of mudra has a different effect on your mind and body. While mantras during mediation keep your mind busy, mudras keep your hand busy hence, increasing concentration and have a calming effect.
Practice these 15 mudras for calming your mind and increasing your focus
This is the most commonly practiced mudra. Its uniqueness includes not only meditation hand posture but also breathing. The benefit of Gyan mudra is that it sharpens memory and increases concentration. It is performed by touching our index finger with the tip of the thumb and the rest three fingers left straight. Hence, practice Gyan mudra to empower your memory and focus.
This mudra is known to strengthen the root chakra. The Prana is one of the important mudras because it activates dormant force in our body. The mudra helps awaken your energy and tune in more into your surroundings. It is performed by touching the ring finger and little finger to the tip of the thumb, while keeping the other two fingers straight.
This mudra is associated with the symbol of consciousness. The Jnana Mudra is connected with the root chakra and you might feel connected to the earth while doing this mudra for meditation. It is beneficial for improving the overall state of the mind. It encourages modesty and connectedness. The mudra is performed by facing the palm downwards and the index finger touching the tip of your thumb and the rest other fingers are straight out.
This mudra is known to balance the water element of the body. The mudra helps in conditions like dry skin, dry eczema, menstrual issues, and regulation of hormones. Since our body has 70% water, the practice of Varuna mudra shows therapeutic benefits. It is performed by touching the little finger with the tip of the thumb while keeping the other three fingers straight.
This mudra is known for cleaning and purification of the body. The Apana mudra helps with emotional and physical cleansing of the body. The cleansing includes toxins from the blood and also the cleansing of thoughts and emotions. It is performed by bringing the middle finger and ring finger to the tip of the thumb and extending the rest of the two fingers out.
The Shuni mudra is known for increasing patience. It symbolizes patience, focus, and discipline. The mudra is beneficial to encourage compassion and patience. It is also responsible for turning negative thoughts into positive ones. The mudra is performed by touching the tip of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb, while extending the rest three of the fingers straight.
This mudra is known for compassion, charity, and sincerity. The Varada mudra is also known as a favorable mudra because it symbolizes giving and forgiving. It is beneficial as it prevents negative emotions like greed, anger and delusion. It encourages the ability to forgive others and makes us humble. It is performed by sitting erect, keeping your hands on your knees, leaving the left palm open so that palm lies above the fingers, and keeping all the fingers extended towards the ground.
This mudra is known for fearlessness and security. The Abhaya mudra signifies peace and develops courage. It is beneficial for encouraging fearlessness and peace in the mind. It improves conditions of restlessness and gives reassurance and a feeling of safety. It is performed by aligning your right hand upright with your palm facing outwards.
This mudra is known for channelizing the vital force of life. The Karana mudra stimulated the fire element in the body. It is beneficial for preventing negative forces like anxiety, depression and stress. The mudra cultivates string energy to force down the negative energy. It is performed by bringing the left hand near the heart. The middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of the thumb gently and the rest of fingers are extended straight.
This mudra is known as meditation mudra. The Dhyana mudra stands for balance and equilibrium, it states balance between mind and body. The Dhyana mudra benefits include encouraging deeper concentration and achieving inner peace. It is performed by sitting with hand facing upwards. The left palm symbolizing the illusion of the world is placed below the right palm symbolizing enlightenment.
This mudra is known for encouraging the fire element in the body. The Surya mudra is responsible for improving digestion and metabolism. It is beneficial in conditions like cols as its increases the core body temperature. It is performed by folding the ring finger gently, hold by the tip of the thumb and extending the rest three fingers straight.
This mudra is known for balancing the heart chakra of our body. The Hridaya mudra signifies the activation of the heart and revitalizing the energy from and to the heart. It is beneficial for balancing the blood pressure and helping with heart problems. It is performed by bending the index finger and placing it at the base of thumb and touching the thumb to the tip of the middle and ring finger extending the little finger outwards.
This mudra is known for removing obstacles named after Lord Ganesha. The Ganesha mudra is considered great during hard times to encourage positivity. It is beneficial for cardiac muscles and opens up your heart and lungs during meditation. It is performed by bringing your hands near the chest and facing the left palm outwards and thumb downwards and right palm facing your left palm and the thumb facing upwards. The next is to lock the fingers like a claw.
This mudra is associated with a healthy lifestyle. The Vayu mudra signifies air and hence, focuses on the air element of your body. It is beneficial for healing against air imbalances and builds immunity against cough and cold. It is performed by touching the index finger with the tip of the thumb while the rest of the three fingers extend straight.
This mudra is known for transforming internal abilities. The Samadhi mudra is often associated with Lord Shiva because it affects your power center. It is beneficial for improving concentration and clarity in the thoughts. The mudra helps in improving the conditions like dizziness or chronic tension in the body. It is performed by connecting the tip of thumb to the index and ring finger, while extending the other two fingers straight.
Mudras are meditation hand positions that are beneficial for different purposes. The meditation with fingers at different poses signifies the different elements of our body and benefits in the mind and body. They influence the chakras of our body and affect our body and mind in a positive way.