Yogic Mudras - Day 10 of #YogaPartyPeople (Yoga Hands)
I’ve been struggling with my sinuses the last few days so I have missed a few of the #yogapartypeople challenges. So to make up for it I thought I’d put extra effort into today’s post.
I am quite interested in yogic mudras so that’s where I decided to go with day 10 - Yoga Hands.
(Full disclosure: mudras have a complex history and I am certainly no expert, so I won’t go into any of the depth.)
Mudras can be very beneficial to your yoga and meditation practices. The one you likely use most in your practice is the Anjali Mudra, which you likely know as “prayer pose.” But there are many, many more.
First I thought I’d share that a part of the background behind mudras is the idea that each finger stands for one of the five elements:
Index finger: Air
Middle finger: Ether (or space)
Ring finger: Earth
Little finger: Water
You can work with each in the four basic mudras. These are shown below in order:
For a quick chakra/energy balancing exercise you can repeat the above 4 mudras, reversing when reaching the end to get back to the first and back again. Do this with both hands simultaneously for however long is beneficial to you, ideally at least a few minutes.
You can also work on specific elements together by combining the above mudras. For example, combining the last two shown above creates the Pran Mudra which balances out earth and water for a great energy boost.
My favorite mudra is the lotus mudra (I couldn’t find the sanskrit for this one as I believe it’s called something different). I try to practice this in the morning to open my heart and mind to new ideas and people before the day starts.
Hold your hands with thumbs nestled by your heart, fingers splayed outwards while connecting your hands via palms, thumb and little finger.
The last mudra I will share is the one many of us make unconsciously when trying to remember things or concentrate.
You can hold this mudra anywhere in front of your body that is most comforting to you.
These are just a few of the mudras. There are a great many more (and I’d love to hear what your favorites are).
When practicing, it’s ideal to sit in lotus pose, relaxed and in meditation. Try to do this for at least ten minutes, working your way up to longer amounts of time.
As you begin to grasp the power of meditation, breathing, and mudras, you’ll be able to reap their benefits in your daily life. For example you might practice your Suni Mudra under the table during a frustrating meeting at work. Or perhaps you’ll try the Prithvi Mudra when you are trying to get through the afternoon slump.
Which mudra(s) will you be adding to your practice this week?
Stay lovely and namaste,