These techniques had been suggested by Dr. Halland Chen, an MD who currently practices in New York at the Vein Institute and Pain Centers of America. His occupation is regenerative medicine, helping patients to alleviate pain and finding natural solutions for body healing, without the need to undergo surgeries.
Yoga has become a very popular practice throughout the world. No wonder since its benefits have been scientifically proven. Western medical science informs us that by regular yoga practice, you boost the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which makes you feel relaxed and improves your mood.
Yoga is beyond effective when it comes to reducing stress. Yoga is especially known for taking care of your mental health, hence reducing anxiety and depression, but increasing your concentration and memory.
You should know that in yoga, everything comes down to breath, mediation and simple gestures. So, the main purpose of yoga is increasing your awareness.
Dr. Chen explains 8 important hand mudras, which work as a powerful therapy. Most of them can be performed any time of the day combined with your yoga practice. The best thing is that they won’t take much of your time.
What exactly are Mudras?
You have probably heard about the theory that your health is in your hands. Well, it really is. Mudras are hand and finger gestures that we can perform during meditation or breathing exercises.
Yogic tradition teaches us that mudras direct the flow of energy to the body and stimulate different parts of the brain. They have the power to keep you healthy and improve different ailments. In the esoteric sense, each finger corresponds to one natural element: air, water, earth, fire and ether (space).
1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge
It is pretty clear by its name. This Mudra increases our knowledge and it acts positively on your memory and concentration. It will also help with insomnia.
Instructions: Touch the tip of your thumb against the tip of your the index finger. The other three fingers remain stretched out. You can also leave them slightly bend if that’s more convenient to you.
You can do this mudra any part of the day, but morning would be the best. You can practice it in standing, sitting or even lying down.
2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air
This Mudra is highly recommended to people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis, since it releases excess air from the stomach.
Instructions: There are three bones in each of the fingers. They are called phalanges (thumb only has two). For this exercise, you should fold your index finger and put the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx. The bone should be close to the tip of the finger. The thumb is over the index finger. You should feel slight pressure. Keep your other three fingers as stretched as possible.
It can be performed in any part of the day, on a full or empty stomach. In order to reduce the pain, hold it for 45 minutes do it every day. As you manage to achieve the positive results, you should stop with it, because prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.
3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth
The Mudra is a perfect solution if your are feeling tired and stressed out. It stimulates your blood circulation in a natural way and reduces exhaustion. It is also of great help when it comes to improving the function of the digestive system.
Instructions: Let the tip of the ring finger and the tip of your thumb touch. Next, press the tips together while the other three fingers should be extended as much as possible
Although you can do this exercise at any time of the day, it is recommended to do it in the morning.
4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire
Agni Mudra is also called Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). It stimulates the thyroid gland, and helps with digestion, weigh issues, and anxiety.
Instructions: Start with bending your finger and pressing the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. Keep your other fingers stretched out.
This practice should be performed only in the mornings, on an empty stomach and in a sitting position. Hold it for 5 to 15 minutes, twice in a day. In case you are feeling very weak, avoid this posture. Also, don’t practice much of this posture in hot weather.
5. Varun Mudra – Mudra of Water
It keep the fluids in your body regulated and it has amazing effects on the skin. It gives your skin its necessary hydration, moisture and glow.
Instructions: Lightly touch the tips of the thumb and little finger. Keep your other fingers straight.
Be careful not to press to near the nail of the little finger because this may cause dehydration. People diagnosed with asthma or respiratory issues should avoid this posture. This Mudra can be done at any part of the day, in a sitting position.
6. Shunya Mudra – Mudra of Emptiness
This exercise is good for people who have hearing problems and can also help with an earache.
Instructions: Blend your middle finger. Put your thumb over it and press the distal phalanx (which is the bone close to the tip of the finger) of your middle finger with the base of the thumb. The rest stay straight as much as possible.
If you want to treat an earache, you should lay full concentration. Once you feel the benefits, stop practicing the mudra.
7. Prana Mudra – Mudra of Life
This is probably the most important Mudra since it gives your body a perfect balance and it boosts your immune system. It can be very useful when it comes to insomnia and problems with eyesight.
Instructions: This Mudra involves touching the tip of your thumb with the tips of the little and ring finger. The other two fingers stay straight.
It can be performed at any time of the day. If you manage to follow the instructions properly and if you do it every day, you will feel much more active.
8. Apanu Vaya Mudra – Mudra of the Heart
This Mudra is excellent for the health of your heart. It is useful for people who have suffered a heart attack and should be performed every day.
Instructions: Make sure the tips of the middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of the thumb. The little finger remains stretched out. Index finger should touch the base of the thumb and applies slight pressure.
You should do this practice as often as you can. If you happen to have heart problems hold for at least 15 minutes.
Enjoy your yoga practice and improve your health!