October 22, 2017

Yoga Mudras - Gestures or Seal for your inner peace

Yoga Mudras are an endless reserve of knowledge from ancient times

At times, we find ourselves in the position of wanting to research beyond the obvious, to surpass our limitations. If you are interested in inner healing and in establishing a sane balance between mind and body, start by learning more about Mudra. Based on the ancient principle of Ayurveda, the Mudra could imply a simple hand gesture or the entire body posture.

Mudra can be wonderfully combined with breathing exercises. The science of Ayurveda states that any disturbance/ illness in the body is created by a lack/excess of the five main elements: air, fire, water, earth, ether(or space). Our body is made of all that, and each finger of our hand corresponds to one element.

MUDRA is a system of alternate healing

You can find various Buddha statues with the hands carved in Mudras. Buddhist mediation uses Mudra as a path to enlightenment. Mudra constitutes a highly stylized form of body language in the Indian Classical dance as well. Expressing the inner energy state of the body is possible through Mudras as they can cover physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state. Mudras are believed to detect your instinctual patterns, activate reflexes and create change in the sensory organs (glands, veins), leading to an overall state of well-being. Mudra yoga techniques can stimulate various areas of the brain, by involving the entire body or just the hands/fingers. There are a number of Mudras, each with particular benefits on the mind, body and spirit.

Some Common Yoga Mudra

Chin Mudra

Chin Mudra - Women sitting for Yoga

CHIN MUDRA is the most commonly used mudra in mediations because of the positive results such as higher energy flow in the body, improved sleep pattern and better focus. Start by finding a comfortable position, like cross-legged, sitting by the office desk, the sofa or the Lotus position. Breathe thoroughly and acknowledge the flow of energy passing through your body.

  1. Press the thumb and index together lightly and extend gently the other fingers.
  2. Don’t push your fingers against each other too hard, just let them slightly connect.
  3. Place the hands on the thigh, facing upwards.
  4. Acknowledge the breath flow.
  5. Preserve the position for at least 5 minutes for maximum results.

Anjali Mudra

Anjali Mudra - Woman folding HandAnjali Mudra requires you to unite your palms together at the chest level. As simple as it may be, this is the customary gesture of greeting in India, also widely known as "Namaste"- which is standard greeting, still customary in India . This mudra depicts love, gratitude and respects towards self and the universe.

1. Bring the palm together but evenly against each other.

2. Don't push palms too hard, just gently, making sure no hand dominate the other.

3. Place the folded palm closer to your chest. 

Some Other Mudras

There are numerous Mudra in Yogic traditions. Adi Mudra for example, reduces snoring, increases levels of oxygen intake and relaxes the nervous system. The use of mudras can regulate the flow of energy that circulates through the body. Therefore, if you have an excess of energy - but most of the time happens to be a lack of energy - practicing mudras can regulate it and re-establish the inner balance and the original patterns of the body.

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