8 Yoga Mudras To Overcome Any Ailments!!

Yoga Mudras

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Yoga is not only an exercise but a form of spiritual practice to improve you physical, mental and spiritual well being. It doesn’t only refer to twisting and curling your body into different shapes and poses, but it also involves some specific mudras posed during meditations. Mudras mean gestures adopted during pranayams and meditations that directs flow of energy into our body. Yogic tantras say that these mudra yoga techniques stimulate different areas of the brain.

Hand yoga mudra and their benefits:

There are many different yoga mudras and each of them have a different benefit. Below is the explaination to each.

1.  Gyan Mudra:

This is the first yoga mudra pose known as Gyan Mudra or the Mudra of Knowledge.

yoga mudra benefits

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:

  • As the name suggests, this mudra is meant to increase your concentration and memory power.
  • This mudra sharpens your brain power.
  • It has the ability to cure insomnia.
  • Practice this mudra regularly to heal yourself of all mental and psychological disorders like anger, stress, anxiety or even depression.

2. Vayu Mudra:

vayu mudra benefits

How to do?

This mudra can be practiced in a standing, sitting or lying down posture. It’s easy to do. 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 above picture. The rest of the three fingers should be kept extended as much as possible.

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.

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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):

agni mudra benefits

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:

  • It helps to dissolve the extra fat boosting metabolism and controls obesity.
  • Quickens digestion.
  • Improves body strength.
  • Reduces stress and tension.
  • Controls high cholesterol levels.

4. Prithvi Mudra (Mudra of Earth):

Prithvi Mudra yoga

How to do?

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.

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. Perform this asana when you feel stressed out and exhausted. Padmasana accompanied by this mudra will immediately perk you up.

Caution:

Nothing at all. Perform this asana freely.

Benefits:

  • It improves blood circulation throughout the body.
  • Increases patience and tolerance.
  • Increases concentration while meditating.
  • Helps strengthen weak and lean bones. Also increases weight of people suffering from low weight.
  • It reduces weakness, exhaustion and dullness of mind.

5. Varun Mudra (Mudra of Water):

varun mudra yoga

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:

A number of benefits can be achieved by doing this mudra:

  • Varun Mudra balances the water content in our body.
  • It activates fluid circulation within the body keeping it moisturized always.
  • It adds a natural glow and luster to your face.
  • Varun Mudra also relieves and prevents any muscle pains that you may suffer from.

6. Shunya Mudra (Mudra of emptiness):

shunya mudra benefits

How to do it?

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.

Cautions:

After you are cured of these diseases, stop practicing this mudra.

7. Surya Mudra  (Mudra of the Sun):

surya mudra benefits

How to do it?

Press your ring finger and press it with the thumb just as shown in the picture.

Benefits:

  • It is quite beneficial when it comes to reducing bad cholesterol.
  • Want to lose weight? This mudra comes handy.
  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Also improves your digestion.

8. Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life):

prana mudra technique

This is a very important mudra as it activates the energy in your body.

How to do it?

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:

  • This mudra improves your immune system.
  • It also increases your eye power and also cures any sort if eye diseases.
  • It reduces fatigue and tiredness.

These are some very important mudras in yoga and are beneficial for your health. Practice them everyday.

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I am a great yoga lover and take it be my prime fitness regime. For me, staying happy is to stay fit. Having great interest for fitness exercises and healthy diet, I love sharing my idea of being fit through my writings. I also love cooking and always try new healthy recipes!
  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/chitraverma/ Chitra

    nice tips mounika like it :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/garimamishra/ Garima Mishra

    Good one !! Thnx :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/aswani/ Aswani

    nice post :)

  • Tripti Mohatta

    I really liked your Post regarding all the Mudra Postures which you have given in your Article above.

  • jay

    wat is the diffrence between surya and agni mudra?

    are they same?

  • Learner

    Jay, I think the diff is in the finger segment that is pressed. One is the first, the other second. I cld be wrong. Cheers

  • Shridhar

    where is Mruga Mudra in which lord shiva pose will be there

  • Flannypants

    Would love to learn Wessss-ssiiiide Mudra

  • Nikita

    really good post..liked it! :)

  • sangeetha

    excellent information

  • Amratlal Davda

    Marvelous. Easy to understand the method and the benefits.”Live ever healthy happy content life with awareness”

  • suresh

    helpful mudras

  • priya

    very helpful for a healthy life thank you..

  • rakesh malhotra

    Excellent……. Do share more mudras and its benefits since these r very helpful to youngsters who r working with lot of stress, now a days.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/asimkhan/ asim khan

    Really it is very nice article of Mudras poses pictures, cautions, and benefits. thanks a lot of. Please continue it.

  • R.lakshminarayanan

    what is the difference between agni mudra and sury mudra

  • tarun

    Pls help
    I m suffering with anxiety, gas,chest pain,irregular heart beats,fear,timidity, body ache and hemmoroids.which mudras will be beneficial for me .I m doing currently vayu,apan,abhay and ahnkar mudra 20 minutes each.are these perfect for me or suggest any change.I have vata prikriti.I m on medication.

  • Hari kumar

    Very useful information and this eight mudras are enough to cure many diseases.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting. I like it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot..really valuBle

  • Manjit Parhar

    parhar

  • Manjit Parhar

    An excellent description of Mudras !! It must benifit those want to practice them