MENTION THE NAME OF YOG MUDRAS (FOR MEDITATION)?PRANAYAMA-16
WHAT IS THE NEED OF MUDRAS ?--
1-The physical body is made up of five elements namely - Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Aakash (ether - the tiny intercellular spaces in the human body). 2-Imbalance of these elements disrupts the immunity system and causes disease. Deficiencies in any of these elements can be made up by connecting one part of the body with another in a particular manner through Mudras.
3-When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is brought into balance. Therefore the disease caused by the imbalance is cured.
4-Mudras start electromagnetic currents within the body which balance various constituting elements and restore health. The joining of fingers creates an effect on the human body.
FIVE FINGERS REPRESENTS FIVE ELEMENTS;- 1-Thumb- Fire 2-Index- Air 3-Middle -Aakash 4-Ring- Earth 5- Little- Water DESCRIPTION OF 12 MUDRAS FOR BENEFIT;-- 1. GYANA MUDRA--- This is the first yoga mudra pose known as Gyan Mudra or the Mudra of Knowledge HOW TO DO ? Practice this mudra when doing meditations. It’s perfect when you do it early in the mornings with a fresh mind. Touch the tip of your index finger with the tip of your thumb. The other three fingers, you may keep it straight or just keep it free, doesn’t matter even if they are slightly bent. This is a very commonly used mudra when practicing meditations. CAUTION;- This is a very beneficial mudra and anyone can practice this. BENEFITS;-
04 POINTS;- 1-As the name suggests, this mudra is meant to increase your concentration and memory power. 2-This mudra sharpens your brain power. 3-t has the ability to cure insomnia. 4-Practice this mudra regularly to heal yourself of all mental and psychological disorders like anger, stress, anxiety or even depression. 2. VAYU MUDRA;- HOW TO DO ?
03 POINTS;- 1-This mudra can be practiced in a standing, sitting or lying down posture. It’s easy to do.
2-Fold your index finger. As you fold your fingers you can see two bones. These are called phalanx bones. When you have folded your index finger the second bone that you see, you have to press it with the base of your thumb just as shown in the picture. The rest of the three fingers should be kept extended as much as possible. 3-Do this at any time of the day as per your convenience. There is also no compulsion of doing this at an empty stomach. You may also practice this mudra with a full stomach CAUTION;- Once you achieve the benefits from this mudra, stop doing it. After a certain time, it may cause imbalance within your system. BENEFITS;- As the name suggests vaayu mudra, it balances the air element within your body. This mudra releases excess wind from stomach and body thereby reducing rheumatic and chest pain. 3. AGNI MUDRA;- (Mudra of Fire) HOW TO DO ? Fold your ring finger and press the second phalanx with the base of your thumb. Keep the rest of the fingers straight. This mudra should be practiced only in sitting position early in the morning with an empty stomach. Maintain this mudra for atleast 15 minutes every day. CAUTION;- But if you are suffering from acidity or indigestion, avoid this mudra. BENEFITS;-
05 POINTS;- 1-It helps to dissolve the extra fat boosting metabolism and controls obesity. 2-Quickens digestion. 3-Improves body strength. 4-Reduces stress and tension. 5-Controls high cholesterol levels 4 - PRITHVI MUDRA;--- (Mudra of Earth) HOW TO DO ?
03 POINTS;- 1-Touch the tip of your ring finger with the tip of your thumb. Pressing the tips of these two fingers, keep the rest of the fingers extended out. 2-It is preferable that you perform this mudra in the morning. However you may even do it at any time of the day and for any duration. Sit in a padmasana keeping the palms of both your hands on your knees with straight elbows.
3-Perform this asana when you feel stressed out and exhausted. Padmasana accompanied by this mudra will immediately perk you up. This is also an amazing mudra yoga for glowing skin. CAUTION;- Nothing at all. Perform this asana freely. BENEFITS;-
05 POINTS;- 1-It improves blood circulation throughout the body. 2-Increases patience and tolerance. 3-Increases concentration while meditating. 4-Helps strengthen weak and lean bones. Also increases weight of people suffering from low weight. 5-It reduces weakness, exhaustion and dullness of mind. This mudra makes you more beautiful by improving your complexion and giving a natural glow to your skin. 5- VARUN MUDRA--- (Mudra of Water)
This is the best yogic mudra for your outer beauty. It has a positive effect on your skin and keeps it away off all problems. A very effective yoga asana for your overall health let us learn to do this mudra with perfection. HOW TO DO ? Lightly touch the tip of your little finger with the tip of your thumb. The rest of the fingers should be kept straight. There is no specific time to perform this mudra. You may do it at any time of the day and in any position, but sitting cross-legged when doing this mudra is preferable. CAUTION;- Take care not to press the tip of the little finger near the nail. That will cause dehydration instead of balancing the water level in your body. BENEFITS;-
05 POINTS;- A number of benefits can be achieved by doing this mudra: 1-Varun Mudra balances the water content in our body. 2-It activates fluid circulation within the body keeping it moisturized always. 3-It cures all skin issues like dryness, skin diseases and skin infections. Moreover it also prevents the appearance of pimples for a longer time. 4-It adds a natural glow and luster to your face. 5-Varun Mudra also relieves and prevents any muscle pains that you may suffer from. 6. SHUNYA MUDRA;- (Mudra Of Emptiness) HOW TO DO ? Press the first phalanx of your middle finger with the thumb. BENEFITS;- Practicing this mudra with full concentration will cure earache within 5-10 minutes at the most. It is also very helpful if someone is deaf or mentally challenged. But those who are handicapped inborn won’t benefit from this mudra. CAUTION;- After you are cured of these diseases, stop practicing this mudra. 7. SURYA MUDRA;- (Mudra Of The Sun) HOW TO DO ? Press your ring finger and press it with the thumb just as shown in the picture. BENEFITS;-
04 POINTS;- 1-It is quite beneficial when it comes to reducing bad cholesterol. 2-This is an amazing yoga mudra for weight loss that comes handy. 3-Reduces anxiety. 4-Also improves your digestion. 8-PRAN MUDRA;- (Mudra Of Life) This is a very important mudra as it activates the energy in your body. HOW TO DO ? This yoga mudra pose should be accompanied along with padmasana. Bend your ring finger and little finger and touch the tip of both these fingers with the tip of your thumb. There is no specific time to perform this asana. Any time of the day will be suitable. BENEFITS;-
03 POINTS;- 1-This mudra improves your immune system. 2-It also increases your eye power and also cures any sort if eye diseases. 3-It reduces fatigue and tiredness. 9-APANA MUDRA;- HOW TO DO IT?
03 POINTS;- 1-Place the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger together and extend the other fingers. Do it with both hands. The best time to do Apana Mudra is early morning immediately after you wake up.
2-Practice it for 15 minute either sitting or on toilet seat. It helps in easy excretion, clears frontal sinus and removes phlegm from lungs. The mudra gives us patience, serenity, confidence, inner balance, and harmony. 3-Regular practice will make your skin radiant, pigmentation will get diminished and eyes will shine like a gem. CAUTION;-
People suffering from diarrhea, dysentery or cholera should never attempt this mudra. Old people with weak stomach and liver should do it for maximum of 10 minutes.
1-Detoxify your body-Apana governs the pelvis and abdomen and controls the eliminative functions of the body.
2-The body eliminates the toxins through various methods. The release of carbon dioxide from lungs, cough and mucous from organs of respiration, perspiration from skin, excretion through intestine, urination through kidneys and menstruation through hormonal cycle in females.
3-Apana mudra helps by accelerating elimination. 10-LINGA MUDRA;- Linga mudra generates heat in the body. Performing this mudra in extremely cold weather is very helpful. While doing this mudra, one should take lots of liquid content like fruit juice or drinking normal water. HOW TO DO IT?
Tie fingers of both hands in a criss – cross manner and keep thumb (either of left or of right hand) perfectly straight. TIME-LIMIT;-
This mudra should be performed only when you really need it, not unnecessarily just for fun. BENEFITS;-
05 POINTS;-- 1-Linga Mudra generates heat in the body. It is excellent when the body is cold due to shortage of cover in inimical weather and is generator of the body. 2-Shiv Linga Mudra generates heat in body which helps in destroying phlegm and helps in problems of colds, catarrh and coughs.
3-It cures cough generated problems like asthama, nimonia, tuberculosis etc. 4-Shiv Linga also removes the excess fat from body and makes one look slim and fit. 5-If menstruation ends before three days, then also this mudra is helpful. CAUTION;- If one is suffering from ulcers or acidity, then he should not do this mudra. Once the problem is solved, one should stop doing this mudra 11-SHANKH MUDRA;-
HOW TO DO IT?
03 POINTS;- 1-Enclose the left thumb with right hand fingers and touch the Index finger of left – hand to the right – hand thumb. This is called Shankh mudra.
2-Apply a little pressure from remaining three left – hand fingers to the folded right – hand wrist. 3-When you do this mudra, you will feel that a little pressure is applied from the left thumb to the middle of right palm, and hence the points of thyroid and digestion (according to acu–pressure) are automatically pressed. Hence, Shankh mudra cures thyroid. BENEFITS;-
07 POINTS;-- 1-Practicing Shankh mudra regularly helps in curing voice related problems.
2-It affects thyroid gland and hence, makes our tone sweeter. This mudra is benefitial for musicians. 3-After recovering from paralysis, some people face problems while speaking. Their tone is not clear or some face problems in speaking certain words. Shankh mudra is helpful for them. 4-Shankh mudra is benefitial for liver related problems too. 5-Shankh mudra is helpful in ladies problems. Shankh mudra cures tonsils. It cures throat alergies due to dust and clears tone. 6-It cures thyroid and thyroid related problems. 7-Shankh mudra increases our digestion power hence, increases our diet. 12-LOTUS MUDRA;- The Lotus Mudra opens the heart chakra and is a symbol of purity. A lotus flower sits on the surface of the pond, opening to the sun as its roots remain deeply embedded into the muddy bottom, holding it firm and strong. It is the symbol of light and beauty emerging from the darkness. The message of the lotus mudra is to stay connected to your roots, open yourself to the light and realize that the greatest sense of steadiness in life is an open heart. HOW TO DO IT?
04 POINTS;- 1-Sit cross-legged (or any easy seated position), bring the base of the palms together at the heart centre, touching the thumbs and pinky fingers together.
2-Spread the rest of the fingers out like the lotus flower opening toward the sunlight. Close your eyes and take several deep, long breaths. 3-There are many variations of this mudra that serve to offer something a little extra. The floating mudra is a great extension to try: inhale and slowly float (lift) the flower from your heart up to your third eye (forehead) and then exhale, slowly drawing it back to hearts centre. 4-Continue this for as long as you desire. BENEFITS;-
04 POINTS;- 1-After this mudra you should feel grounded and strong like a lotus flower, while opening your heart to the joys of life. 2-The Lotus Mudra drains out misunderstanding, helps to release tension, and is also practiced to enhance the fire element in the body.
3-It is a great reminder of the beauty and grace that is within you and those around you. 4-You can use it for cultivating love and affection, to ease loneliness, and can also be practiced when one feels drained, exploited or misunderstood. Take some time to open your heart. WHY WE LOVE THE LOTUS MUDRA ? We love this mudra as it is a visual representation of the sacred space of the heart. It is also a gesture of expansion from that space, an opening or a blossoming. These mudras are very important ; We should select according to our needs.