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.
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.
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.
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.