Health in Your Hands! Light workers, Manila Sep10- 2010 by Amena Bal
Mudra Thoughts Your hands open and close : close and open. If it were always a fist, or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every contraction and expansion beautifully balanced and coordinated as a bird’s wings. Mudra is invigoration in relaxation ! Freedom in routine! Confidence through self control! Energy within and energy outside!
What is Mudra? 5000 yrs old Vedic Science of Communication Hand yoga, used in conjunction with meditation Profound hand positions and gestures that lock and guide energy to the brain and different organs/chakras in the body. COMMUNICATION Used widely in Indian classical dance
Use of Mudras in Indian Classical Dance
Why Use Mudras? Harmonizes and Heals, mind, body & spirit Creates Equilibrium by regulating the flow of Prana/ life force Builds immunity, and cures disease as they work on our organs Stimulates and balances chakras Long-term practice leads to higher state of consciousness
E M O T I O N S Helps Balance and Activate Chakras
Why Use Mudras? When combined with Hatha yoga and Pranayama, the therapeutic and curative effect of mudras is compounded Helps balance the elements of space, air, fire, water and earth in our body Same benefits as yoga but can be done anywhere & saves time Helps to instantly reconnect to stillness when used with Pranayama exercises
Broad Classification of Mudras Spirit Consciousness Body Mind
Breathe! You are Alive Inhale and the Divine power approaches you. Hold the inhalation and the Divine power stays within you. Exhale and you approach the Divine Hold the the exhalation and you surrender to the Divine
Shankh Mudra Conch/Shell / Throat chakra Encircle your left thumb with the four fingers of your right hand. At the same time, touch the right thumb to the extended middle finger of your left hand. Together, the two hands look like a conch shell. Hold your hands in front of your sternum. Very effective for throat related disorders. Activates throat chakra. Sing "OM" several times when practicing this mudra. Then listen within yourself, to the silence, for several minutes afterward. It’s connecting to our inner sound and divine energy Used during rituals in many Hindu temples. The conch horn is blown in the morning to announce the opening of the temple doors. The same applies to our inner temple, where the divine light shines.
BHAIRAVA/BHARAVIBalance and Fearlessness Bhairava - Place the back of the right hand on the palm of the left hand. Both hands rest in the lap. Bhairavi mudra is practiced the same way but the left hand is placed on top of the right. The thumbs can also join together. The two hands represent the duality of our being as yin and yang energy and individual and supreme consciousness. By connecting the hands we harmonize coordination of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and unite all opposites. Universally used for meditation as it brings the feeling of peace, calm and balance
Lotus Mudra Purity & Love
Place both hands in front of your chest so that only the edges of your hands and pads of your fingers touch each other: This is the bud of the lotus flower.
Now open your hands, but maintain the contact between the tips of the little fingers and the outer edges of your thumbs. Spread the other fingers open as wide as possible.
After four deep breaths, close both hands back into a bud, place the fingernails of the fingers of both hands on top of each other; now join the backs of the fingers, the backs of the hands, and let your hands hang down relaxed for a while. In the same way, bring your hands back into the bud and the open flower. Repeat a number of times.
This Mudra belongs to the heart chakra and is the symbol for purity. Love lives in the heart, together with goodwill, affection, and communication. Do this Mudra when you feel drained, exploited, misunderstood, or lonely. Open yourself to the divine force and be ready to receive whatever you need
Body & Emotions
Mudras for Body and Mind Sun (Surya) Life Force (Prana) Varuna(Water) Space (Shunya) Fire (Apaan) Air (Vayu) Heart (Hirdya) Wisdom (Gyan) Energy (Linga ) Mudra
CHIN or GYAN Mudra Wisdom Join the tips of the index finger and thumb and keep the other 3 fingers stretched and joined. In consciousness terms the index finger represents “I” or The self/ Ego and the thumb stands for Divine or cosmic consciousness. This mudra is symbolic of oneness and unity between the two. Most common in meditations as it stills the mind and connects us to a state of tranquility. The thumb has reflex points that reflex to the endocrine organs the brain. Chin mudra enhances memory. Activates the brain. Helps with mental ailments. Cures sleeplessness. Controls anger and restlessness.
Vayu / Air Chakra Heart Press the index finger on the base of thumb and keep the thumb on the index finger. Let the other fingers be straight. Balances the element of air in the body & thus corrects disorders caused by its imbalance . Curative in bone and skeletal system related problems . Helps in Parkinson's , arthritis, cervical pain, neck problems, curing paralysis and controlling stomach gas .
Shunya /Heaven Mudra/ Space Bring the middle finger to the base of the thumb and gently press the thumb over it. The other fingers stay joined and straight. Creates balance in the empty spaces in the body Very effective in ear problems especially chronic ear infections
Surya /Sun Mudra Bring the tip of the ring finger at the base of the thumb and slightly press the thumb over it. Helps in reducing body weight. Reduces cholesterol Brings down anxiety Helps in indigestion
Prithvi /EarthRoot chakra Join the tip of the thumb and the ring finger. Makes the body sturdy Helps in gaining weight . It Improves skin tone and complexion, making it glow. Makes one active and happy. Very useful for grounding and root chakra balancing
Varuna / Water Sacral Chakra Join the tip of the thumb with the little finger. Keep all other fingers stretched out . Improves the quality of blood in the body, balances water content and imparts a freshness to the body. Prevents Gastroenteritis pain and muscle shrinkage Helps in kidney disorders.
Prana / Life ForceAll Chakras Join the tip of the thumb with the tip of the little finger and the ring finger, keeping the other two fingers straight. Pumps and regulates life force in the body. Gives a special power to the eyes. Beneficial for all diseases as it works with all chakras
Apaan / Excretion Chakra –Solar Plexus Join the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger and the ring finger, keeping the other fingers stretched out. Helps eliminate waste matter from the body Regulates diabetes. Aids digestion and excretion Reduces constipation and urine related problem
Heart / Hirdya Mudralife saving Press the index finger to the base of the thumb and join the tips of the ring and middle finger. Mudra therapists claim this is as effective as first-aid in heart conditions. Reduces palpitations. Ideal during states of intense emotional conflict- one of the main problems with cardiac personalities.
Energy /Linga Mudra Interlock the fingers of both the hands and have the left thumb vertically straight up with the right thumb and the index finger encircling it. Activates sexual energy.Produces heat in the body and effectively cures cold and cough
Closing Yogic Mantra Fear less, hope more Eat less, chew more Whine less, breathe more Talk less, listen more Judge less , understand more Resist less and surrender more Hate less, love more!