Monday, April 5, 2010

YOG MUDRAS

MUDRA SCIENCE

• Mudra science is an independent Yoga that brings quick and effective changes.

• Mudras are easy to practice and can be practiced by sitting, standing, or lying on a bed – whenever and wherever you have time; but these are most effective when we perform in Vajrasana, Padmasana, or Sukhasana, and on an empty stomach.

• While performing Mudras, try to keep the rest of the fingers straight. It is always a better option to do these Mudras with both hands, palms facing the sky – although it is not a rule.

• The left hand Mudras are beneficial for the right side of the body and vice versa.

• Mudras can be practiced for a minimum of 30 seconds and up to 45 minutes daily. The practice can be spread out over three times a day for convenience or depending on your capacity.

• Mudras can be practiced both by the healthy and the non-healthy. In the former case, they are preventive measures, which preserve your health.

• Continuous practice of the Mudra will create minute changes in your body. There is perhaps nothing better in the world than the practice of Mudras for success and well-being.

• So try it, it really helps.


Following are a few very powerful Mudras for the wonderful health benefits…

Mudras



1. Mudra of Knowledge (Gyan Mudra)

Sit in any comfortable meditation posture. Touch the tip of the thumb, to the tip of the index finger, with the other three fingers stretched out. Place the hands on the knees. Keep the spine straight and the eyes closed. As it is a Mudra of knowledge, it enhances the knowledge. The tip of the thumb has centers of pituitary and endocrine glands. When we press these centers, by the index finger, the two glands work actively.

Benefits

Increases memory power and sharpens the brain, enhances concentration, and prevents insomnia. If we practice it regularly, it will cure all psychological disorders, such as mental, hysteria, anger, and depression. For insomnia problems, after this Mudra, perform Pran Mudra.

2. Mudra of Life (Prana Mudra)

Bend the ring finger and the little finger, and touch the tip of the thumb, with their tips keeping the remaining two fingers stretched. As it is the Mudra of life, it improves the vitality of the body, as Prana Mudra activates the Root Chakra. In Root Chakra, the elemental force of human entity resides. The fingers positioned in the Mudra, provokes the nourishing energy in the pelvic floor. If we practice it regularly, we will become active and strong.

Benefits

It improves immunity, improves the vitality of the body, improves eyesight, helps in the proper functioning of the lungs, energizes the heart, and removes vitamin deficiency and fatigue.

3. Mudra of Earth ( Prithvi Mudra)

Touch the tip of the thumb and the tip of the ring finger together, keeping the other three fingers straight. Since this Mudra is an association of the earth element with the powerful Sun, it brings solidity to the body.

Benefits

Regular practice of this Mudra assists in weight gain, if the body is underweight, helps restore the balance and equilibrium of the body, wards off weakness, fatigue, dullness, and increases Prana in the body. The position of the fingers intensifies the sense of smell and is also effective for nail, skin, hair, and bones. It brightens the aura, activates the thinking power, and helps to broaden the orthodox / conservative thinking pattern; it compensates for lack of Rajasic Guna (passion).

4. Mudra of Water (Varun Mudra)

Join the little fingertip with the tip of the thumb, keeping the rest of the fingers stretched out. As the name suggests, this Mudra is associated with the water element (Varun is a name for the water God), so it balances the water element in the body. It retains clarity in the blood and prevents all diseases which come, due to lack of water.

Precaution

Do not press the tip of the little finger near the nail, as it causes dehydration, rather than hydrating the system. Those having respiratory problems, should not do this Mudra.

Benefits

Excellent for skin disorders, such as wrinkles, skin infections, and dryness, it purifies the blood and heals many blood disorders; brings luster and glow to the body; especially, the face; compensates for the shortage of water in the body, and cures constipation. Since it moisturizes the body, it is also a thirst-quenching Mudra, which activates the salivary glands to secrete saliva, relieves dehydration, and stomach infection, relieves kidney malfunctioning and promotes urination, activates the circulation of fluids in the body, prevents the pains of gastroenteritis, and muscle shrinkage.

5. Mudra of Air (Vayu Mudra)

Keep the index finger on the base of the thumb, and press the back of the second phalange with the thumb, by keeping the other three fingers straight. It prevents all the diseases that occur, due to the imbalance of the air. The practice of this Mudra, for 45 minutes, reduces the severity of the disease in 12 to 24 hours. For better results, practice it for two months.

Benefits

This Mudra helps with rheumatic pains, arthritis, gout, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, chest pain, back pain, neck pain, any pain associated with excess wind in the body. It releases aches and pains and acts as first aid.

6. Mudra of Emptiness (Shunya Mudra)

Bend the middle finger and place it at the ball of the thumb – then press it with the thumb. The rest of the fingers are left extended. For optimum results, this Mudra is performed for 45 minutes at a stretch. It reduces the dullness in our body. Shunya Mudra is a connotation of Sky, which is colligated with the highest forces.

Precaution

Do not do this Mudra while having food or walking.

Benefits

It relieves an earache within 4 or 5 minutes, useful for the deaf and mentally challenged, reduces the dullness in our body, beneficial for heart patients, strengthens the gums, improves the voice of those who are dumb since birth, and is good with thyroid problems. It brings relaxation to sudden senselessness of body, due to sudden shock.

7. Mudra of Sun (Surya / Agni Mudra)

Bend the ring finger and press it with the thumb. It sharpens the center in the thyroid gland. Practice it daily, twice, for 5 to 15 minutes.

Precaution

Weak persons should not apply this Mudra, since it produces heat in the body; one should not do this in very hot weather.

Benefits

It balances the body, reduces cholesterol in the body, helps in reducing weight, reduces anxiety, and corrects indigestion problems. Good for diabetes and liver problems.

8. Mudra of Digestion (Apan Mudra)

The tips of middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of the thumb, while the other two fingers are stretched out. Apan Mudra is called energy Mudra. This Mudra stimulates the wood element, which is associated with the energy of the liver and gallbladder. It gives patience, serenity, confidence, inner balance, and harmony. It plays an important role in our health, as it regulates the excretory system.

Benefits

Purifies the whole body, removes toxemia from the body, cures vomiting, and regularizes the urine flow and perspiration. It regulates diabetes, cures constipation, and piles. For healthy teeth, use this Mudra, along with Akash Mudra. For eyes, ears, and mouth related problems -use this Mudra with Pran Mudra. Cures menstruation related problems, burning sensation of the hand, heart, leg, and urine.

9. Mudra of Osteoporosis (Aakash Mudra)

Join the tip of the middle finger with the tip of the thumb, keeping the rest of the three fingers straight. This Mudra is a combination of the ether element, with the sun, and pertains to any ailment involving sound.

Benefits

This Mudra is excellent for increasing the sensitivity to hear sounds, activates the calcium and phosphorus absorption from the diet, and also their formation, which makes it a very good Mudra for those having weakness of bones, such as osteoporosis. Due to its inherent quality to release tension, it keeps the mind calm and serene and can be used during meditation, successful in releasing lockjaw experienced through yawning, mental tension, or over-exertion. Regular practice calms and clarifies the thought process.

10. Mudra of Heat (Ling Mudra)

Interlock the fingers of both hands and keep the thumb of the left hand vertically straight; encircle it with the thumb and the index finger of the right hand. Linga Mudra is the booster of the body’s immune system and helps to relieve other problems related to human anatomy.

Precaution

Practice it any time you want; but don’t practice it a lot, as it produces heat in the body. It can cause sweating, even in winter, if you practice it longer. In addition to practice of this Mudra, follow a balanced and healthy diet. Drink lots of water, juices, and eat more fruit.

Benefits

It stops the production of phlegm and gives power to the lungs, cures severe cold and bronchial infection, invigorates the body, and is good in low BP. If Ling Mudra is practiced daily, along with proper performance of Kapalbhati Pranayam, then various complicated diseases of the chest can be healed. Regular practicing of this Mudra is effective for those who are overweight.

11. Mudra of Heart (Apan Vayu Mudra)

The tips of the middle finger and the ring finger touch the tip of the thumb, while the index finger touches the base of thumb and the little finger is stretched out. Apan Vayu Mudra is a combination of two Mudras – Apan Mudra and Vayu Mudra. This Mudra benefits the heart. It works like an injection for the reduction of a heart attack. It is as powerful as a sorbitate tablet. Within the first two seconds, this Mudra proves to be an instant reliever. This Mudra is also called, Hridaymudra or Mrit Sanjeevani Mudra. Practice it as many times as you can. Heart patients and BP patients can practice it for 15 minutes daily, twice, for better results.

Benefits

It strengthens the heart and regularizes palpitation, regulates the excretory system, cures gastric trouble, is helpful to cure acidity and headache – also regulates bowel movements; it is effective on a toothache, balances body temperature, and disposes toxic things from the body.

SOME MORE HEALTHY TIPS FOR THE HEART

• While taking a walk, apply Apan Vayu Mudra. This will not only help your heart, it will prepare you for the day by charging up your circulation and your metabolism.

• Do Yoga and Dhyan for at least 30 minutes, three or more times per week. It helps strengthen the heart.

• Nadi Sodhana Paranayam is the best exercise for heart patients and can be done virtually anywhere, anyplace. For this, inhale through the left nostril, exhale through the right, then again inhale through the right, and exhale through the left.

• Increase fiber and reduce fat intake in your diet, as this helps lower blood cholesterol. Fiber is found only in plants – fruits, vegetables, and grains.

• In case you are a heart patient and want to climb stairs, then 5-7 minutes before that, do Apan Vayu Mudra. It’ll give you relaxation.

• Learn to stay calm, so that you don’t lose your temper and increase your blood pressure. Deep breathing is a good way to control anger and to relax.

• Make yourself happy and feel free, keep smiling always. Even five minutes of laughter keeps our stress at the lowest possible level.

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