Today, I wanted to share some information that I’ve been getting a lot of requests for - mudras. Mudras are finger exercises that originate within the Hindu and Buddhist religions.
Mudrā is a Sanskrit word that means “mark” or “gesture.” Most mudras involve the use of the hands and fingers to form these gestures. A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and a way to connect one’s awareness to their body. They are employed in the spiritual practice of various Eastern religions and traditions of dharma.
There are actually 108 mudras that are used in various rituals. Within yoga, mudras are used together with pranyama (breathing exercises in yoga - more on that later.)
In order to practice these mudras, it is important to be seated, as this is the ideal way to do this. Start off in the Lotus pose (or cross legged), as this will stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana (vital life) in the body.
Different mudras have different benefits for your health.
Stay tuned…over the next 10 days, I will be sharing 10 important mudras that will benefit your health.
I have started off with the first mudra here, which is the Gyan Mudra.
Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger with the other 3 fingers stretched out.
As this is the mudra of knowledge, it enhances this area. The tip of the thumb has centres of pituitary and endocrine glands. When we press these centres by the index finger, the 2 glands work actively in the body.
There is no actual duration to practice this mudra. You can practice it by sitting, standing or lying in bed whenever you have an opportunity. Although with certain mudras, sitting is the most ideal.
This particular mudra can increase your memory power for all of those forgetful people out there and sharpen the brain. It can enhance your concentration and prevent insomnia, if you just can’t get to sleep at night. If you can practice this mudra regularly, it can really help calm the mind and body to deal with low feelings and anger.
I’ve included a picture of the Gyan mudra so you know how to place your fingers.
Tomorrow, I’ll talk about another important mudra - check it out!