Mudras – a series of hand gestures and movements – are portions of the body that influence your body and or mood.
Mudras have been used for thousands of years and they have a balancing effect on the five elements.
It is said that at least 20 mudras within 20 – 40 minutes can help you balance the elements inside.
I absolutely love mudras and I teach and practice various hand gestures in all my classes.
Hand gestures are for meditation, pranayama and asana practice and help direct the flow of the energy into our body, with various techniques that stimulate areas of the brain.
Every hand gesture is different – and all have their own connection towards different energies in the body and mind.
When I was introduced to mudras, I it took me a while to digest how connecting your fingers, and/or wrists, to form shapes was going to help in any way.
I wasn’t sold at first. Then I decided to study the subject and, by using mudras for longer periods of time I found it useful.
When I broke all the bones in my wrist and arm, mudras and chanting were my absolute saviours!
Since then I’ve never looked back.
Try to follow this Mudra to get the feel of the practice:
The Jnana Mudra
Turn your palm up
Use the thumb and first finger and press skin to skin together
Extend the other 3 fingers out facing to heaven.
Sit in easy, seated pose on the floor, chair or bed.
Place hands into the gesture then onto the thighs
Make sure you’re comfortable and try to remain in the mudra for at least 20 minutes.
The word Jnan means wisdom or knowledge and Jnana is the gesture of intuitive knowledge
Chin Mudra – on the other hand is derived from the word chit or Chita which means consciousness.
The benefits are:
Helps with the nervous system
Stabilises your mind
Increases energy and stamina
Relieves stress and unnecessary tension in the body
Improves and increases concentration, even during meditation.
There many more mudras for things like: healing, mind, body and spirit, constipation, lethargy, stress, removal of obstacles, elimination, assimilation. The list is endless.
What balances these energies in the hands to connect to the body, mind and brain are the five elements:
Air (index finger)
Space (middle finger)
Earth (ring finger)
Water (little finger)