Mudras are simple for people of any age to enjoy the full health benefits. Dating back thousands of years and originating in Egypt, mudras are seen in the hieroglyphs and sculptures. Not only were these rituals performed by the highest priests and priestesses, they were also one of the many healing modalities used by the Egyptians and used for prayer and communication with the gods. Mudras are used in every culture. You use them now and probably don’t even realize it. Do you clench your hands together when you are mad? Do you ever hold your hands to your heart when you are deeply hurt?
Mudras start electromagnetic currents within the body which balance various constituting elements and restore health. Each finger represents an element of nature and when that is brought into contact with the thumb, it brings about balance in that element and can help cure the disease caused by the imbalance. It is recommended to hold the positions for up to 45 minutes but any amount of time will help.
Here’s 6 of the most common mudras:
Method: Touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger, with the other three fingers stretched out.
Benefits: Increase memory power and sharpens the brain. When practiced regularly, it will relieve anger, depression, and hysteria.
Linga (Phallus) Mudra
Method: Interlock fingers and keep the left thumb straight and upright. The right thumb should encircle the left thumb from the outside.
Benefits: Increases body heat by focusing on the element of fire inside the body. It is suggested to not overdo this mudra and stop using it when the cold leaves your body, as it can cause excessive heat.
Shankh (conch shell) Mudra
Method: Raise both arms in front of your chest. Wrap all four fingers of your right hand around your left thumb. Bring the tips of your right thumb and left middle finger together. The other fingers off your left hand should be parallel to the middle finger. Your hands will form a shape like a conch shell which is where the Shankh Mudra gets its name from.
Benefits: Tones up the throat, the airways, and the lungs, practice this mudra along with yoga. It’s beneficial for those who have asthma and breathing issues.
Prana (vital energy) Mudra
Method: It should be practiced with both hands. Join the tip of the thumb to the tip of the ring finger and the little finger while keeping the rest of the fingers straight.
Benefits: According to some sources, prana mudra benefits include everything from eyesight to fatigue, to skin rashes to vitamin deficiency. Prana mudra also gives vitality and energy to the body and reduces fatigue and nervousness.
Shunya (sky) Mudra
Method: Bend your thumb until it presses lightly on the middle finger. All other fingers should point straight up to the sky loose with no tension.
Benefits: It can be used to treat ear aches, ringing noises in the ears, and partial or complete deafness. It can also help you overcome travel sickness or vertigo.
Agni (fire) Mudra
Method: Place the tip of the ring finger on the base of the thumb and then bringing gentle pressure of the thumb upon this finger.
Benefits: Increases metabolism and relieves digestive issues while heating up the body.