According to Ayurveda and Yog Gurus, our body is made up of five elements of the Universe - Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), Akasha (Aether), Bhumi (Earth) and Varun (Water). When there is a disturbance in any of these 5 elements, a physical ailment occurs. That is why these days, even doctors suggest doing yoga to help treat and improve the symptoms of diseases. Yoga might not be as strenuous as gym workouts or aerobics, but it involves incorporating some specific mudras during asanas and meditations that directs the flow of energy into the body and stimulates areas of the brain to soothe diseases and illnesses.
Most of us meditate to relax and wind up our stress at the end of the day, but do you also use specific hand yoga mudras while you meditate?
If not, start using mudras while meditating, as it brings energy and awareness to the body and mind while balancing all the elements within ourselves. Let us learn about some basic mudras and how it benefits our health.
Gyan Mudra –
Let’s start with the Gyan mudra that enlightens our mind and body. This is one of the most commonly used mudras while meditating. You just need to touch the tip of your index finger with your thumb while keeping the rest of the three fingers straight or free. It is best practiced early in the morning with a fresh and clear mind.
Benefits of Gyan Mudra:
- As the name suggests, it improves the power of your brain increasing concentration and memory.
- It heals you of all mental ailments like stress anxiety, depression, and anger. Practice it regularly and meet a calmer you.
- It can also cure insomnia.
Vayu Mudra –
This mudra balances the air in your body. It is not necessary to be in a sitting position when practicing this yoga. You can also stand or lie down. Fold your index finger and press the second bone with your thumb. Try to keep the other three fingers as much extended as possible.
Benefits of Vayu Mudra:
- If you are suffering from chronic gas and flatulence issues, this mudra helps release the excess air from the abdomen and also gives relief from chest pain.
- Vayu Mudra also helps with Arthritis, Sciatica, Gout, knee pain or bulging stomach.
Agni Mudra –
Agni Mudra also called the mudra of fire is beneficial for those trying to lose weight. Bend the ring finger and press the second bone with the pad of your thumb. Keep the other fingers stretched. Practice this mudra every morning on an empty stomach.
Benefits of Agni Mudra:
- Trying to lose weight the natural way? Agni Mudra melts fat and controls obesity.
- It lowers stress and anxiety.
- Agni Mudra also helps to bring down cholesterol levels.
Prithvi Mudra –
Also called the mudra of the Earth, Prithvi Mudra is best done in Padmasana. Lightly touch the tip of your ring finger with the tip of your thumb while keeping the rest of the fingers freely extended. It should preferably be done early in the morning or you can even do it at any time of the day.
Benefits of Prithvi Mudra:
- Improves Blood Circulation.
- If you are feeling stressed out and exhausted, Prithvi mudra helps perk you up instantly.
- Prithvi Mudra draws energy from the universe increasing your tolerance and patience.
- It also increases concentration.
Varun Mudra –
Varun Mudra balances water in your body. The water content in our body is very essential to maintain health and appearance. Touch the tip of your little finger lightly with your thumb while keeping the rest of your fingers straight. Sit cross-legged while performing this mudra. You can do it at any time of the day.
Benefits of Varun Mudra:
- Varun Mudra improves blood circulation and hydration, keeping the skin glowing.
- This mudra also cures skin issues like itchiness, dryness, skin infections and diseases.
- It prevents and relieves muscle pains too.
Practice these yoga mudras on a daily basis to improve your health and well-being.