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Benefits of Mudras

Yoga Mudra – The word Mudra is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as gesture. The panchabuta or five elements are associated with the overall health of the human being. These are prithvi (earth), Jala (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air) and Akasa (ether/space). Lack or excess of any of these interrupts the body defence mechanism or immunity and causes various diseases. The five fingers constitute five basic elements.

  • Thumb – Metabolism – Fire
  • Index finger – Oxygen – Air
  • Middle finger – Space between matter and cavities – Ether
  • Ring finger – Bone & Teeth – Earth
  • Small finger – Blood & Lymph – Water

Yoga mudras can be practised in Vajrasana, padmasana, or even sitting comfortably on a chair. It is easy to perform and can be practised at any time of the day. It can also be done while sitting in chairs/ sofa, standing, walking or even talking to other person in phone or directly and can also be done on one hand. To get complete result, practise for 24 minutes regularly or minimum of 4 to 5 minutes per day is also beneficial.

Types of Mudras and its Benefits

Chin / Gyna Mudra – The Chin Mudra also known as Gyan Mudra is practised during pranayama. In Sanskrit, chin means consciousness. It is practised by holding the thumb and index finger together lightly while the remaining three fingers are extended.

Benefits

  • Increases concentration power, memory power and stamina
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Reduces lower back pain and stress
  • Stimulates the energy based on Mooladhara Chakra

Chinmaya Mudra – In Sanskrit, chinmaya means manifested consciousness. Place the thumb and forefingers together so that it forms a ring, remaining fingers are curled into the palms.

Benefits

  • Opens the middle lobes of lungs
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Improves the flow of energy in the body

Adi Mudra – In Adi Mudra, the thumb is placed at the base of the small finger and curls the remaining fingers over the thumb, forming a light fist.

Benefits

  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Reduces snoring
  • Improves the flow of oxygen to the head
  • Open the lobes of the lungs