24 Feb Discover the magnificent magic in your hands…
Ancient Vedic wisdom states that your health is in your hands. This could not be more true, since all five fingers represent the “Panchamahabhutas” or the five building blocks of the entire universe.
Unknown to most of us, “Mudras” are the magic in our hands. Mudras are aligning fingers in a certain way to form postures, symbolic of non-verbal mode of communication and self-expression. A simple science yet most subtle which can help channelize our energies in the right direction and most powerful way to attain maximum benefit.
Mudras regulate the five elements in our body, as they involve the geometry and circuitry of our body. The fingers representing five elements are:
- Thumb for Fire (Agni);
- Index finger for Air (Vayu);
- Middle finger for Aakash (Ether or Space);
- Ring finger for Earth (Prithvi);
- Little finger for Water (Jala)
How do Mudras help in regulating / balancing the Five Elements of the Body?
When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is brought into balance. Therefore the disease caused by the imbalance is cured. Mudras start electromagnetic currents within the body, which balance various constituting elements and restore health. Some basic mudras and their accompanying benefits are listed below :
- Gyan Mudra (or Vayu Vardhak) is the prime mudra in hand mudras, used to overcome Vata deficiency within the body. It is useful in treating a range of diseases as simple as Acne to Hypothyroidism to that of Alzheimer’s disease.
- The practice of Prithvi mudra is useful to increase earth element and decrease the fire element within the body. It will also increases the strength and endurance of your body. If you are a Kapha deficient person, this Prithvi-vardhak mudra is highly beneficial for your overall health. It helps in curing diseases like hair loss, fractures, Osteoporosis, paralysis etc.
- Varun mudra (or Jal-vardhak mudra) is an effective to increase water element in the body. Varun mudra helps to increase water element in the body. Our body has 75% water and hence plays major role in every activity of our health system. Water is present in protoplasm of cells, extracellular fluid, lymph, blood, tears, saliva, mucus, digestive juices, enzymes, hormones, semen, cerebrospinal fluid, etc. So diseases such as Eczema, constipation, dehydration etc. can be cured by practicing Varun mudra – which will help to increase water element in the body and thus restore the balance in the system.
- Shunya Mudra (Aakash vardhak) – increases space in the body, by eliminating metabolic wastes from the body, leading to various health benefits and spiritual enlightenment. A detoxified body and increased internal space enables the rest of the four bodily elements: Vayu (air), Agni (fire), Jala (water) and Prithvi (Earth) to act in their respective proportions.
Due to its inherent quality to release tension, this Aakash mudra keeps the mind calm and serene and is a facilitator of meditative practices.
While the above are the most basic ones, there are others like Prana Mudra, Apana Mudra, Hridaya Mudra, etc. which prove very helpful to release pent-up emotions and unburden your heart during times of emotional conflict and any consequently manifested physical pain.
How to perform Mudras?
Mudras can be performed at any time, any place, in any posture, like sitting through a conversation or a movie, standing in a queue, walking or travelling. Hence devoting special time is not paramount however, the maximum benefit is by doing it in sitting posture, especially in sukhasana, vajrasana, or padmasana.
Timing and Duration for Mudras
Initially Mudras should be performed for at least 10 minutes and then can be extended to 30 minutes to 1 hour. If taking out time at a stretch is not feasible for you, you can do it in installments as well!
While there are no major side effects, it is advisable that moderation is exercised, depending you’re your body type. For example, Kapha dosha person should practice Prithvi mudra in moderation. Similarly Jal is the main part of Pitta and Kapha Prakriti. If you are a Pitta or Kapha Prakriti person then you should practice Varun mudra moderately, since this mudra increases Pita and Kapha dosha. But if you are a Vata dosha person then practicing this mudra regularly will be hugely beneficial to prevent illness. Surya mudra increases fire element within the body. Excessive practice or doing at the wrong time like when you already have fever or in hot summers, can lead to further increase in body temperature. It reduces the fat element within the body and hence not recommended for underweight people.
While a regular Yoga practice helps in balancing the 5 elements but unlike yoga asanas, Mudras don’t require a great deal of flexibility. Do this amazing practice of sacred healing hand gestures that you can easily integrate into your daily life and revitalize yourself in a matter of minutes!