If you’ve ever taken any yoga classes, you may have been introduced to a variety of mudras. The name means “sealing the energy” in Sanskrit. Mudras are subtle hand gestures or positions that can involve using a combination of your fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders or even your whole body. They have been around for centuries and are used as tools to stimulate different parts of the body, influence our body’s chi energy flow and brighten our moods.
Mudras are often used during meditation, yoga and some spiritual practices, but they can be used anytime, anywhere. A common mudra is the prayer pose where you put both palms together. This position allows your thoughts to focus and go within plus it also opens up the heart’s energy.
Our chi energy flows along our meridians, but when they become blocked, disease develops. Mudras work along these same pathways. The fingers are much like electrical currents that can encourage and redirect energy back into your body and create balance in mind, body and spirit.
According to Ayurvedic teachings, each of the five fingers is representative of a part of the body and the mind. They are also connected to one of the five elements, earth, wind, fire, water and space.
Each of the 5 elements can be linked to various parts of our body. An example of this would be the element “Air” representing our breath. If anyone of these elements are imbalanced, it can also lead to illness in either the mind or body. This is where mudras can help; they can aid in and enhance healing.
Mudras can be used for so many different health concerns and energy blockages. You can use mudras to open your chakras, aid in digestion, for circulation, diabetes, varicose veins, mental clarity or to heighten your intuition. If you’re looking for a nonevasive treatment to encourage healing in your body, you may want to research mudras.