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Yoga Mudras & Their Meaning

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Yoga mudra is basically a gesture that is usually performed with hands in order to symbolize a seal. Yoga mudras & their meaning act like weapons for channelizing energy in the right direction and in a better way. These mudras have a great effect on the posture also on the thought process.

Right and regular practicing various yoga mudra helps individuals achieve better health, physical as well as mental. It’s an easy process of inhaling and exhaling, and what makes it easy is one can easily practice while seated in any comfortable position. Whether one chooses to sit in Sukasana or simply opt to sit with crossed legs, one can easily practice this yoga and enjoy benefits effortlessly.

Hakini Mudra

It is an interesting, easy and important mudra that could be easily practiced from anywhere. It is popular as it works great for the brain. Sit down with hands folded in front and fingers touching tips of both hands. Further, eyes be directed upwards and tongue tip placed on gums as inhaling and allow the tongue to fall while exhaling. Take a deep breath and repeat and on practicing this mudra one may be surprised to see how it helps memory.

Hakini Mudra

Asthma and Bronchial Mudra

This helps when dealing with respiratory allied conditions. These mudras could be practiced one after another until the breathing is found to have calmed down. To practice Bronchial mudra, place little finer at thumb’s base, ring finger on upper joint of the thumb and middle finger or the thumb’s soft part. Asthma mudra could be followed by pressing fingernails of middle ones and keeping others extended. This mudra could be greatly effective for individuals suffering from asthma.

Bronchial Mudra

Pran Mudra

Pran mudra helps activate root chakras that ultimately help in increasing vitality. This mudra can be practiced with tips of the thumb, little finger and ring finger all pressed together while keeping the middle and index finger extended.

Pran Mudra

Vayu Mudra

Vayu literally means wind and this mudra is aimed to eliminate flatulence. One can easily and immediately benefit on practicing this mudra, but post overcoming the problem, practicing of this mudra should not be discontinued. Depending on the seriousness, one can practice this mudra accordingly. Bend index finder of both hands until the tip touches thumb balls. Then gently press the thumb into index fingers while leaving the other three relaxed and extended.

Vanyu Mudra

Prtithvi Mudra

This mudra style helps activate root chakras that house vital energy. Having great vital energy helps optimize physical potential in an individual who then can actualize metaphysical and physical goals. It is quintessential for warding off any energy deficits. Practice this mudra by placing the tip of the thumb on the ring finger with some amounts of pressure and leaving the rest three fingers relaxed.

Prtithvi Mudra

Shankh Mudra

Shankh mudra is commonly formed as a symbol at Indian Hindu worship places but practiced across the world. The mudra offers relaxed throat allied problems and can help in self-development and growth. While practicing this mudra positions fingers in a way forming a conch shell. To begin with, encircle thumb with four fingers of one hand. Then touch the right-hand thumb to the extended middle finger of the left hand. Now, with this positioning of fingers and hands, the posture will resemble a conch shell.

Shankh Mudra AKA Shell Mudra

Linga mudra, Apan mudra, Surabhi mudra, Shunya mudra, Prithvi mudra, Varuna mudra, Apan Vayu mudra, Back mudra, Kubera mudra, and Kundalini mudra are some others that could be practiced while seated or standing in comfortable positions to achieve various health benefits. Studies state that practicing yoga mudra for 24 minutes helps to achieve maximum results, but one may also consider practicing for only about 5 minutes and yet enjoy benefits.