Mudras in Yoga

Yoga mudra

Mudras form an exotic part of yoga and make up an exclusive branch. They are a powerful practice, and hence need due care to be productive. Mudras are based on ayurvedic elements. Most often, once a mudra fetches the sought after therapeutic result, it should be stopped. Read on to learn more about the usefulness of mudras in yoga.

Mudras Seal Energy
Swami Satyananda Saraswati states that mudras block the body’s energy and prevent it from escaping. Mudra means ‘seal’, denoting the fact that they seal the energy in the body, and bring joy. Just fold your hands and you will realize a change in mood. Mudras strengthen the neural circuits, empowering the mind through the physical path. It is widely believed that there are 108 yoga mudras in practice.

Our Fingers Represent Elements
Our five fingers each host an element. This table is given below:

  • Thumb: fire
  • Index finger: air
  • Middle finger: ether
  • Ring finger: earth
  • Little finger: water

While holding a mudra, remember this point: exerting pressure reduces the element, and touching increases it.

How to Practice Tridoshamudra

  • Sit straight
  • Close your eyes
  • Touch the tip of your thumb with the tips of the other four fingers
  • Perform this mudra with both hands
  • Place your hands on your thighs
  • Hold for about five minutes

Benefits of Tridoshamudra
This mudra removes anger, anxiety and sluggishness. It heals and restores all the major body systems. It prevents emotional and physical ailments.

Benefits of Mudras

  • Mudras can improve and change body and mind
  • Mudras can give you happiness and peace
  • They can provide relief from many ailments, from simple ear pain to serious heart attack
  • Mudras can mold the physical, psychological and moral aspects of a person
  • Certain mudras can balance the body body elements in a few seconds
  • Some mudras can cure memory loss, arthritis and insomnia
  • Kundalini yoga mudras can help awaken cosmic energy

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