The answer to every query and conflict lies within us. YOGA is not only a study of the Sutras; it is the study of Self. No matter how many books you have read or how many trainings you have completed, nothing makes real sense until the teachings become experience. There are no shortcuts. Go within. Nothing has the greatest power to heal but Self.
YOGA hand MudrasMudra is a therapeutic modality that means a posture, or seal. Mudras are a nonverbal mode of communication and self-expression, consisting of hand gestures, finger movements, and body postures. They arouse the etheric body’s latent energy, and all of the dormant and passive nerve cells of the brain are awakened and stimulated into action. Mudras promote efficiency in the functioning of the organs and organ systems of the physical body. Time, space, and observer are the three important factors in the practice of Mudras. To derive the full benefit of Mudras, practitioners should observe physical cleanliness; eat pure static and healthy food; and practice purity of thoughts, speech, and actions. The ideal times to practice are at dawn and dusk, but one should aim to perform Mudras three times a day, holding them for 30 seconds to five minutes each time, depending on how many Mudras you are performing.
Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements which alter mood, attitude and perception. And which deepen awareness and concentration. A Mudra may involve the whole body in a combination of Asana, Pranayama, Bandha and Visualization techniques, or it may be a simple hand position. Mudras are higher practices which lead to the awakening of the Pranas, Chakras and Kundalini. It establishes the pranic balance within the koshas and enables the redirection of subtle energy to the upper chakras inducing a higher state of consciousness. Each Mudra sets up a different link and has a corresponding different effect on the body, mind and prana.
The YOGA Mudras can be categorised into five groups depending on the body part we use for the practice.
YOGA Mudras listThese five groups are:
• Hasta (Hand Mudras)
• Mana (Head Mudras)
• Kaya (Postural Mudras)
• Bandha (Lock Mudras)
• Adhara (Perineal Mudras)
YOGA is more than just about the asanas wherein you twist your body or practice difficult asanas. There are a lot of other ancient techniques that work in the YOGA. The Sanskrit word Mudra is referred as ‘gesture’ or ‘attitude’. Mudras can be described as psychic, emotional, devotional and aesthetic gestures or attitudes. Ancient yogis had described Mudras as attitudes of energy flow, intended to link individual pranic force with universal or cosmic force.
Mudra for psychic powersDiseases in our body are caused due to an imbalance in the body, which in turn is caused by lack or excess of any of the five elements - Air, Water, Fire, Earth and space. Our fingers have the characteristics of these elements and each of these five elements serves a specific and important function within the body. When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is brought into balance. Therefore, the disease caused by the imbalance is cured.