12 Mar Mudras: Are they worth your time?
I HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT MUDRAS. ARE THEY PART OF A BIGGER PRACTICE? ARE THEY DECORATIVE OR HAVE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON THEMSELVES? ARE THEY WORTH LEARNING OR SHOULD I APPLY MY TIME TO SOMETHING MORE USEFUL?
The dictionary tells us “Mudra (/məˈdrɑː,ˈmuːdrə) a symbolic hand gesture used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies and statuary, and in Indian dance and a movement or pose in yoga”
We can find the origin of the word in Sanskrit meaning ‘sing or token’, there are 100 very well-known mudra poses and each one carries a specific goal related to channeling your body’s energy flow during meditation, ethnic dancing, and yoga breathing practices.
The ancient sages could intuit the presence of the five elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) in the human body. Our hands are thought to hold energetic points for these elements and thus the use of mudras is a way of manipulating these elements. Why the hands? First, we need to clarify that although not very popular, mudras can be done with the entire body. Secondly, there is direct communication between our hand’s nerve ending tips and the brain, sending direct signals that helps the brain go into a focus meditative state.
- Thumb: Space
- Index Finger: Air
- Middle Finger: Fire
- Ring Finger: Water
- Pinky Finger: Earth
Within the hand gestures, they’re not only connecting principles at play but also freeing actions taking place depending on the mudra. Because of their symbolism the mudras “tell” the brain, what you are looking to accomplish during a particular mudra session making it more effective.
Now that I kind of understand what they are: “poses to manipulate subtle energy and keep it balanced while sending directions to the brain to do it better and faster”. I wanted to know when can I practice them and the level of effort required and I found the following.
- At the beginning or end of your yoga practice. ~ 2 mins
- While doing any other breathing or meditation exercises ~ length of the practice
- Before bed ~ 2-3 mins
- While showering ~ 2 mins under the water and cleanse your aura if you remember
- Commuting to work ~ this is like a super deal. But don’t do it if you are driving.
THE TOP 3 EASY MUDRAS ARE:
Gyan: roughly translates to “consciousness,” “wisdom,” and “knowledge.” It is believed to foster a connection to the highest self, bringing a heightened state of consciousness through focus, intention, and awareness of breath.
ELEMENTS: Space + Air
Health benefits: overcome dullness of mind, restlessness, negative thoughts, and lack of enthusiasm. Increases blood supply and circulation to the brain. Relaxes the body and mind. Helps with insomnia and impatience and more….
Rudra: means ”lord” in Sanskrit, which is fitting for this gesture because the main benefits affect your personal power center—the solar plexus. It is the empowerment mudra. o energize your physical body and empower you to reach your highest potential or goals.
ELEMENTS: Space + Air + Water
Health benefits: enhance personal will, clear obstacles and improve self-esteem. Promotes better eating habits, improves eyesight and helps with concentration.
Buddhi: meaning “intellect” or “perception,” This mudra is used for mental clarity. You perform this gesture when you need to understand intuitive messages from your subconscious (i.e., dreams or meditations that puzzle you), psychic development.
ELEMENTS: Space + Earth
Health benefits: It is said to help with dehydration, simple scar marks, fluid circulation, wrinkles, slows the nervous system (relax), dryness of all kinds (eyes, mouth), muscle pains, great skin.
My Take on this!
I think I will give these 3 a chance and If I like how I feel after doing them for a couple of weeks I will try the another 3 and so on. There are a top 10 of most used mudras, but I rather bite small and often than too much and not digesting it properly. Also, I will try them for a couple of weeks each, I can’t judge how they feel with a one-time trial run, these practices take a minimum dedication, they are easy and fast, but don’t work miracles, their benefits remember are always accumulative.
It is a positive cycle: The more you use them, the better you feel, the better you feel, the better you look. The better you look the better the world treats you and the universe sends more blessings your way.
PS: If you want more info on the connection between brain and fingers to take a look to this awesome article from BranVMap