What are mudras, don't get thrown off by the word. It is a simple way to communicate with your body. Hand gestures, locks, and guides the energy flow through a specific gesture or position of the fingers and the hands. Curl, cross, stretch or touch the finders and hands in a certain way and hold this position "lock the mudra" to send a message to your body and mind. Each area of the side relates to a specific part of the body and the mind.
That simple, each mudra then speaks a different code for different needs. Knowledge, communication, peace, release fear; all, all these are subtle programs we can tell our bodies and mind we would like to active!
In Sanskrit, mudra means posture or seal. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers and are commonly defined as systematic hand gestures for nonverbal modes of communication and spiritual self-expression.
Mudras attract energy into your etheric body (a layer of subtle energy around you, like your aura) and allow it to enter your body, your cells, your blood flow, your mind, thoughts, and feelings. Like the physical body, the etheric body has its own “nervous system,” or channels, conveying prana (life force) and other energies of etheric origin. In yoga teachings, these channels are called Nadis. Every mudra clears some of these nadis from impurities and toxins.
WHEN IN DOUBT...
Harmony can be applied to all aspects of our lives. By using different fingers, you can stimulate specific meridian points to affect different parts of your brain. Make sure you are using the tip of your fingers.
Index finger:(air) The index finger is known as Jupiter's finger and is the symbol of our ego-personality. It symbolizes energies controlled by subconscious mind patternings, and these energies produce expansion. Wisdom, knowledge, prosperity
Middle finger: (ether/sky) The middle finger, symbolizing the Saturn force, is the most karmic or the most conditioned energies. This finger is utilized only in those mudras that require massive, stabilizing forces. Patience
Ring finger: (earth) The ring finger symbolizes the Sun’s energies. These energies relate to the strength of an individual. Health, vitality strengthen the nervous system.
Little finger: (water) The little finger is known as the Mercury's finger. It emanates energies that are important in the unfolding of the intellect and business. When pressed at the tip, the element is increased. When pressed under the thumb, the element is neutralized. When pressed at the base of the finger, the element is decreased. Communication, intelligence
Thumb: (fire) The thumb is the symbol of divine energy, the energy that flows through our bodies unconditioned by our subconscious patterning or karmic complexities. The thumb is the symbol of willpower, the power that can be drawn upon by our willing (not willfulness) consciousness.
THREE MUDRAS FOR LIFE
Below are three mudras and their benefits to incorporate daily. Take some time to try these out and notice the shifts and sensations in your body, mind, and spirit.
TO FEEL GROUNDED AND CENTERED: Prithivi Mudra
- Allow both palms to face upward. Touch the tips of the thumbs to the tips of the ring fingers. Allow the other fingers to extend straight out. Relax the backs of the hands-on thighs or in the lap.
- Reduces stress; blood pressure strengthens the downward flow of energy, which is grounding, supports posture, and centering of thoughts.
- Use this mudra when you are seated or lying down. You can take a 5-minute stress break at work or home to bring yourself into a place of calm and center. Try it with your eyes closed and notice your breath and energy shift.
TO FOCUS AND FEEL MORE ENERGIZED: Shiva Lingam Mudra
- Hold the left palm open and just in front of your belly. Make a fist with the right hand, thumb facing up. Place the right fist in the center of the left palm. Relax shoulders down.
- It enhances digestion and energy. Assists spinal alignment and cultivates concentration and commitment. If you suffer from hypertension, please monitor for effects.
- Use this mudra when you are seated or standing. You may like to use it before beginning a task or project or when you need to redirect your focus or commitment. Practice with eyes open, soft focus, or gaze to assist in focusing on awareness. Use this daily, along with your personal intention to bring higher energy into creating your desires.
TO CULTIVATE GRATITUDE & COMPASSION: Padma Mudra
- Bring the hands together in a prayer gesture. Keeping the heel of the hands together, allow the middle three fingers to open, keeping the pinky fingers and the thumbs touching. Place the hands in front of your heart.
- Supports the cardio-respiratory and immune systems. Cultivates a sense of gratitude and awareness in the heart center — opens energy in the front body.
- This mudra is perfect to begin and end your day with. Waking in the morning, take some time to practice Padma mudra, to set your intention for the day. Plant that intention in the center of the palms and offer it up to the universe. In the evening, take a few minutes to practice Padma mudra as you reflect on all of the gifts in your life. Use this to assist you in feeling gratitude in your heart. Then practice sending empathy out of your grateful palms to help others. You could practice one or all of these for greater heart awakening.
Use these body languages to call upon what you need. To center you to bring you back to you. Connect with your body and use it to help you navigate your feelings.