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Mudra Therapy: Hand Alignments For Holistic Health

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Believe it or not – Your health is in your hands! Our hands are particularly blessed with virtues of wellness. The four fingers and the thumb represent the five major building blocks or the ‘Panchamahabhootas’ of which the entire universe is made viz. Sky (Ether), Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

According to natural sciences, disease is nothing but a limitation that emerges in the continuity and balance of these five elements.

Philosophy Of Mudra Therapy

The natural sciences of Mudra therapy believe that the five fingers correspond to the five basic elements viz. Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
  • Thumb – The fire (Agni)
  • Index finger – The air (Vayu)
  • Middle finger – The ether (Aakasha)
  • Ring finger – The earth (Prithvi)
  • Small finger – The water (Jala) So as to bring back the balance in the five elements, there are some specific methods of touching and aligning the fingers with each other.

These are referred to as ‘Hast-Mudras’ and this easy and doable therapy may be practiced anytime as an augmented relief from your malady as well as a handy tool for restoring your wellness.

Mudra Therapy: Hand Alignments for Holistic Health

  • Akash Mudra: For Ear problems
  • Dhyan Mudra: For Concentration power, Depression, and for all Mind related problems
  • Hridya Mudra: For Heart disease, Asthma, and Respiration related diseases
  • Jala Mudra: This is for blood purification and all skin diseases.
  • Prana Mudra: Eye problems, Nervous problems and charges all parts of the body.
  • Surya Mudra: Obesity, Cholesterol etc.
  • Vayu Mudra: For joint pains, stomach problems etc.
  • Prithvi Mudra: For peace of mind, Energy etc.

Various Types Of Mudras

Gyana Mudra

Joining tip of the thumb with that of the index finger forms this alignment. This is particularly beneficial for increasing the brainpowers of memory and concentration. Also recommended during meditation, this Mudra provides a soothing and calming effect to the mind. Those suffering from mental ailments like depression, anxiety, loss of sleep, stress etc may find relief on practicing the same. Not only this, in case you tend to remain angry and irritable in everyday circumstances and lose your cool easily, try this mudra and find the difference.

Dhyana Mudra

In this Mudra, you simply need to overlap your left hand with the right hand and keep steady in your lap. This alignment of the hands also tends to soothe your tensed up nerves. Practice this regularly to combat the everyday stress and strain and also for meditation. Varuna Mudra This Mudra is formed when you touch the tip of your little finger to that of your thumb. As specified earlier, the little finger represents the water element. Thus, the Varuna Mudra is particularly beneficial for dehydration. This may be also practiced for dry skin problems and it also works as natural blood purifier.

Surya Mudra

This mudra is news for all those who are evidently concerned about their expanding waistlines. This alignment has been particularly recommended for combating heaviness and obesity. For this particular alignment, you need to simply fix the ring finger in the root of the thumb and press the thumb over it.

Aayu Mudra

This may be rightly termed as ‘Pain killer’ alignment of the hand. The index finger is established in the root of the thumb and pressed with the thumb. Air or Vatta (being the root cause of pain in the body) is suppressed by the fire causing a reduction in the same. This is recommended for the patients of joint pains.

Prithvi Mudra

For those who feel the need to gain a few pounds and attain fullness in their body, this mudra needs to be practiced. For this, all you need to do is to touch the tip of ring finger with that of the thumb and keep the contact steady for some time everyday.

Prana Mudra

This mudra has been especially designed for attaining immune power so as to stay clear of body as well as mind disease. Also, it imparts a glowing complexion to the skin as it radiates blood-purifying properties. It is also beneficial for those suffering from eye ailments. For making this hand alignment, you need to join the tip of the thumb with tip of little and ring finger. Keeping other two fingers straight.

 Apana Mudra

In this particular alignment, you need to touch the tip of your thumb to the tips each of middle finger and ring finger. The index finger and small finger should be held upright. Those suffering from frequent problem of abdominal wind may attain relief on practicing this mudra.

Linga Mudra

For respiratory maladies especially with increased phlegm and secretions, this mudra comes as help. It is particularly recommended for asthmatic patients and also for those who have increased ‘Kapha’ in their body system. All you need to do is to clasp the fingers of both hands together and keep one thumb upright.

Hridya Mudra

This mudra has been particularly designed for the heart patients. Patients of high blood pressure and palpitations may drive favourable results from practicing the same. The index finger is to be kept steady in the root of the thumb. Next touch the tip of the thumb to that of the middle finger and ring finger together. Keep the little finger straight up.

Shunaya Mudra

The middle finger is to be kept at the base of the thumb and the thumb exerts little pressure on it. This alignment may be tried at the time of pain in the ears. Those suffering from diseases of the gums may also benefit by the same.

Sonica Krishan

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

Sonica Krishan

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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Raj Kumar Lunkar
Raj Kumar Lunkar 5pts

Please show all mudras picture and how much time to do these mudras.

PatienceUgwuegede
PatienceUgwuegede 5pts

Thank you so much for the specific methods of Touching and Aligning the finger with each other.

This therapy is really wonderful for healthy living.

Suzanna Conn
Suzanna Conn 5pts

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge!!!..\U0001f33a

Sandy Cooper
Sandy Cooper 5pts

Thank you so much with your reply. I've posted this article in hopes it will help others that may suffer as I do. Thank you!!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Kamna Kansra Welcome! :)

Brian Rammage
Brian Rammage 5pts

It's true! When someone cuts me off in traffic I use the "Mudra Therapy" and hold up my middle finger... it REALLY works!

Sandy Cooper
Sandy Cooper 5pts

Is there one for headaches/sinus issues. I wake up throughout the night with headaches from my sinus'.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Rakesh Raikwar Thanks! :)

Christine Marguerite Tobicash-Schell
Christine Marguerite Tobicash-Schell 5pts

This is my favorite... index finger to base of thumb...middle two fingers to tip of thumb.. pinky up. When you do this you can't think of anything stressful or bad.

Omi Joneja
Omi Joneja 5pts

Use these madras for healthy living

Hahja Peterson
Hahja Peterson 5pts

The fingers to elements theory differs from Yoganadas, can you pleae explain where the difference in thought comes from?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Jennifer Packard Right on!

Jennifer Packard
Jennifer Packard 5pts

i've been looking at mudras for the past few weeks on various sites...generally it seems 4-5 minutes to practice...but to hold them 25 minutes or longer seems to be ideal.

Indra Samsoondar
Indra Samsoondar 5pts

For how long do you keep the fingers together?Thank you.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

thanks for the clarification :)

Lawrence Turner
Lawrence Turner 5pts

Mu wave - (8-13 Hz)Mu wave patterns arise from synchronous and coherent (in phase/constructive) electrical activity of large groups of neurons in the human brain. This wave activity appears to be associated with the motor cortex, and is diminished with movement or an intent to move (during the performance of contralateral motor acts), or when others are observed performing actions. The mu wave is an alpha wave like variant. Modulation of the mu rhythm is believed to reflect the electrical output of the synchronization of large portions of pyramidal neurons of the motor cortex which control the hand and arm movement when inactive. Mu rhythms can also be desynchronized by imagining actions and by passively viewing point-light biological motion. Possible links to the human mirror neuron system.