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Basic Mudras for Beginners

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Read this First For the better understanding of the reader, a detail image/sketch has been provided for every mudra along with the method to perform it, but the image given is only of the right hand performing the Mudra. The Mudras shown in this article are to be performed simultaneously on both your hands for the Mudras to have the maximum healing effect, only exception being the Mudras requiring both your hands to form a Mudra.

Mudra #1

Basic Mudras for Beginners

Dnyanamudra / Mudra of Wisdom

Method:

Sit in a comfortable position. Your head, neck and spine should be in straight alignment. Now, touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your index finger and press slightly. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (Thumb represents the fire element while the index finger represents the wind element, this mudra brings together the fire and wind elements.)

Duration

No time limit for this Mudra and it can be done at any time you wish.

Uses:

Helps in attaining a peaceful mind. Increases concentration. Sharpens your brain thus increasing intelligence. Anxiety, Anger and Laziness just disappear when you perform this Mudra. Most importantly, this Mudra regulates the hormonal secretion by Pituitary and Pineal glands. This Mudra is extensively used in curing Insomnia. In cases of Migraine, Dnyanamudra done together with Praanamudra have proved to be very helpful. This Mudra should be practiced frequently and for longer durations by anyone who is facing any kind of psychological disorders.

Mudra #2

Akashmudra / Mudra of Sky

Method:

Touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your middle finger. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (here we bring the fire element and the space element together.)

Duration:

No time limit for this Mudra and it can be done at any time you wish.

Uses:

This Mudra is especially useful for people with Heart Disorders. This Mudra strengthens your Heart. Performing this Mudra regularly strengthens your bones. In cases of a locked jaw, this mudra works as a charm. On an emotional level, this Mudra works as an amazing self-confidence booster. It helps in strengthening your teeth. This Mudra should be regularly performed by people with Heart disorders and Bone disorders.

Mudra #3

Prithvimudra / Mudra of Earth

Method:

Touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your ring finger and press slightly. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (here we bring the fire element and the earth element together.)

Duration:

15 to 35 minutes, and it can be done at any time you wish.

Uses:

Performing this Mudra regularly reduces physical weakness. If you want to gain weight this Mudra is for you. This Mudra is helpful in improving digestion. After doing this Mudra you will feel and look extremely fresh. If you are feeling down, this Mudra will elevate your mood. With regular practice of this Mudra you will notice a peculiar glow of your skin. This Mudra is also believed to channel in positive energy into your body from the earth.

Mudra #4

Varunmudra / Mudra of Rain God

Method:

Touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your small finger (pinkie finger) and press slightly. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (here we bring the fire element and the water element together, which means we are burning away all the contamination and internal debris induced by the water element.)

Duration:

15 to 35 minutes and only when you suffer from the ailments which this Mudra cures.

Uses:

This Mudra is extremely useful when you are suffering from Diarrhea and similar Gastro-intestinal disorders. Since this Mudra balances the water element in our body, it’s a very helpful Mudra in any type of Skin disease. Also this Mudra reduces swelling of the intestine. If you feel any kind of itching on the skin, this Mudra will cure it. This Mudra helps in relieving strained Muscles. This Mudra is also called as ‘Preserver of Youth’.

Mudra #5

Vaayumudra / Mudra of Air

Method:

Touch the base of your thumb with the tip of your index finger as shown in the image. Slightly press your thumb on the bent index finger. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (here the fire element presses the wind element)

Duration:

For 15 minutes, 3 times a day. The duration can be increased to 30 – 35 minutes depending upon the seriousness of the ailment.

Uses:

This Mudra helps in reducing the increased wind element. Helps in trembling and shivers. Helps in arthritis and joint pains. This Mudra strengthens your Spinal cord. Helps in maintaining a proper Blood Flow. Helps in reducing gases. On an emotional level, this Mudra increases concentration.

Note:

Performing a ‘Pranamudra’ after the ‘Vaayumudra’ enhances its effects.

Mudra #6

Shunyamudra / The Mudra of Zero

Method:

Touch the base of your thumb with the tip of your middle finger as shown in the image. Slightly press your thumb on the bent middle finger. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (here the fire element presses the space element)

Duration:

Performing this Mudra for 1 hr. each day yields best results. Uses: This Mudra works like a charm in any kind of ear disorder. This Mudra has the power to reduce post birth deafness. This Mudra strengthens the bones. This Mudra strengthens the gums. This Mudra is also useful in Thyroid disorders.

Note:

DO NOT PERFORM THIS MUDRA IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED DISORDERS.

Mudra #7

Suryamudra / Mudra of Sun

Method:

Touch the base of your thumb with the tip of your ring finger as shown in the image. Slightly press your thumb on the bent ring finger. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image. (here the fire element and the earth element are brought together, it also means we are burning all the contamination induced by the earth element)

Duration:

15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, daily, for best results.

Uses:

This Mudra is very helpful in maintaining weight and size. If you want to keep your weight in check and maintained do this Mudra regularly. This Mudra helps improve digestion. It helps in reducing Cholesterol. This Mudra is especially useful for people suffering with DIABETES, since this Mudra helps in keeping our pancreas healthy. Also, this Mudra was found helpful in sharpening brain functions in a recent study.

Note:

An underweight and physically weak person should not practice this Mudra; also, prefer not to do this Mudra when temperatures are very high.

Mudra #8

Rukshamudra / Dry Mudra

Method:

Try to touch the base of your thumb with the tip of your small finger as shown in the image. Slightly press your thumb on the bent small finger. Keep all the other fingers straight as shown in the image.

Duration:

No specified duration.

Uses:

This Mudra is useful for people to sweat a lot, this mudra helps the body to retain water. This Mudra is an instant cure in cases of facial oedema. There are no other specific uses of this Mudra. It is found that, if you have to pee but for some reason you can’t go, performing this Mudra will reduce the bladder pressure and you can hold it in for a bit longer.

Mudra #9

Praanamudra / Mudra of Life

Method:

This Mudra is to be performed in a sitting position. Be seated comfortably in an upright posture and concentrate on your breathing to relax. Place your hands on your thighs with your palms facing upwards. Touch the tip of your Thumb with the tip of your Ring finger and the tip of your Little finger. Keep the index finger and the Middle finger straight as shown in the image.

Duration:

This Mudra should be performed for at least 5 minutes and can be performed for 40 minutes at a stretch. This Mudra should be performed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening for best results.

Uses:

This Mudra when performed regularly increase our physical and mental capability. It keep a positive stream of energy flowing through you throughout the day. This Mudra helps regulate and ease blood flow in the body. It is very helpful in strengthening the eyes. It instantly relieves strained muscles. Whenever you feel tired, practice this Mudra for 10-15 minutes, you will feel a surge of energy flowing through you.

Note:

The Pranamudra is also called as the ‘trigger mudra’ since, when performed regularly it activates our bodies capability of self-healing

Mudra #10

Ushakaalmudra / Mudra of Morning

Method:

This Mudra can be performed while being seated, in a standing position or lying in bed. Concentrate on your breathing to relax and feel comfortable. Clasp both your hands together as shown in the image. Please note that the left index figure is on top of the right index finger. Now, bring the tips of the Index finger and Thumb of the respective hands closer, but do not let them touch, simply form an open circle.

Duration:

This mudra should be performed for 5-10 minutes.

Uses:

This is an extremely useful Mudra if you want to make a habit for waking up early for exercise and workout. This mudra awakens the body and mind in morning hours.

**NOTE Its name literally means ‘The Mudra of the Morning’; it’s a Mudra which induces alertness and vitality. It is advised that this Mudra should be practiced daily when you wake up. Make a habit of performing this as a ritual when you awaken from your sleep. 

**Important Best results are achieved when this Mudra is performed facing the rising sun. When you will perform this Mudra in the morning for the first time, you will feel an instant alertness induced as if you have just had a cup of espresso, this Mudra is that effective.

Mudra #11

Anjalimudra / Mudra of Prayer

Method:

This Mudra has to be performed in a sitting position. Be seated comfortably in an upright posture and concentrate on your breathing to relax. Bring together both the palms like the Indian ‘Namaste’ gesture. (Refer the image) Keep your palms in front of your chest. The fingers must be touching each other, but there should be some hollow space between your palms.

Duration:

This Mudra should be performed for at least 5 minutes and can be performed for 30 minutes at a stretch. This Mudra should be performed twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening for best results.

Uses:

This Mudra symbolizes a harmony between all the five elements and thus is referred to as the Mudra for inducing physical and emotional stability. If you feel agitated, perform this Mudra, it will calm you down quickly. This Mudra also denotes the unification of the human form with the divine one, hence this mudra is practiced while praying.

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