A guide to mudras

Discover the meaning of the mudras and some of our favourites you can have a shot at. Peace!
so we flow... - a guide to mudras infographic

 

Have you ever been in a yoga class where everyone starts throwing out crazy shapes with their hands and you’re thinking, what the hell’s going on?


Don’t be alarmed, yoga hasn’t necessarily become popular with the local gangs... These hand gestures are called mudras, which mean ‘mark’ or ‘seal’ in Sanskrit. In the Mudra philosophy, it is believed that our 5 fingers correspond to the 5 elements of the universe - water, earth, ether, air and fire. Each of these elements has a distinct role in the balance of our physical body, state of mind and mental well-being.


Thus, through pressing, touching, curling or pointing our fingers or hands in different ways, we can direct energy flow to specific parts of the body and brain, stimulating particular emotions, reactions and effects.


Whether you believe it or not, many of us have felt something exquisite when we introduce mudras into our practice. So you may as well give it a try, you never know...

12 mudras to get you started

1. Gyan mudra

How

Touch the tip of the index finger and thumb together. Extend the other 3 fingers.

Why

Increases concentration, memory, creativity and reduces negativity.

2. Prithvi mudra

How

Touch the tip of the ring finger and thumb together. Extend the other 3 fingers.

Why

Strengthens the tissues of the body such as muscles, bones, tendons and nails.

3. Varun mudra

How

Touch the tip of the little finger and thumb together. Extend the other 3 fingers.

Why

Amplifies the ability to communicate effectively and promotes the circulation of fluids in the body.

4. Prana mudra

How

Touch the tip the the thumb with the tips of the ring and little fingers. Extend the other 2 fingers.

Why

Energises the body, alleviates tiredness and enhances eyesight.

5. Apan mudra

How

Touch the tip of the thumb with the tips of the middle and ring fingers. Extend the other 2 fingers.

Why

Balances the body, stokes the metabolism and helps in digestion.

6. Vayu mudra

How

Touch the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb and apply a light pressure with the thumb.

Extend the other 3 fingers.

Why

Balances air in the body, relieving both flatulence and joint pain.

7. Shunya mudra

How

Touch the tip of the middle finger on the base of the thumb and apply a light pressure with the thumb.

Extend the other 3 fingers.

Why

Improves hearing and can be restorative for throat and thyroid conditions.

8. Surya mudra

How

Touch the tip of the ring finger on the base of the thumb and apply a light pressure with the thumb.

Extend the other 3 fingers.

Why

Raises metabolism, heats the body and aids digestion.

9. Adi mudra

How

Fold the fingers into a fist over the thumb with the thumb touching the side of the little finger.

Why

Expands lung capacity, stimulates blood flow and improves the function of vital organs.

10. Anjali mudra

How

Press the palms firmly together with the fingers facing upwards.

Why

Alleviates stress and anxiety, boosts focus and lends a hand in achieving  a meditative state.

11. Hakini mudra

How

Touch the tips of the fingers with those of the opposite hand, mirroring each other. Keep the palms separated from one another.

Why

Boosts memory, brain power and concentration.

12. Shambhala mudra

How

Create a fist with one hand and a flat palm with the other. Press the fist into the palm of the straightened hand.

Why

Lifts the mood and promotes vitality and positive thinking.

 

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