The 5 Most Important Hand Mudras

Energetics & Philosophy

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1. Gyan Mudra or the Mudra of Knowledge

Touch the tip of the thumb and the tip of the index or 1st finger together. The other 3 fingers have to be kept straight.

Benefits:

I. It helps in meditation and concentration and reduces negativity of the mind
II. It improves memory and with regular practice, students can improve grades and intelligence
III. It aids in alleviating headache, insomnia, and hypertension. It also reduces anger.

2. Vayu Mudra or Mudra of Air

In this Mudra, the tip of the index or 1st finger is touched to the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger with a slight pressure of the thumb being exerted. Rest of the fingers remain straight.

Benefits:
By the practice of this mudra, all Vayu, that is,air-related affections, like Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica, Knee pain, and Gas are relieved. It especially benefits in neck pain and spinal pain.

3. Shoonya Mudra or The Mudra of Emptiness

The tip of the middle finger is put at the base of the thumb and the thumb comes over the finger with a slight pressure of the thumb being exerted on the finger. The other 3 fingers are kept straight.

Benefits:

I. Regular practice of this Mudra helps in reducing ear pain and watering of the ears
II. If this Mudra is done for 1 hour daily it can benefit in hardness of hearing
III. The bones become strong and is beneficial in heart disease
IV. It strengthens gums and is helpful in throat problems and thyroid disease

4. Prithvi Mudra or the Mudra of Earth

In this Mudra, the tips of the thumb and the ring finger are touched together. The other fingers are kept straight.

Benefits:

I. Regular practice of this Mudra is helpful in body weakness, thinness and also obesity
II. It improves the functioning of the digestive system and reduces the deficiency of vitamins
III. It gives energy to the body

5. Prana Mudra or the Mudra of Life

In this Mudra the tips of the thumb, ring finger and the little finger are touched together while keeping the other 2 fingers straight.

Benefits:

I. It awakens the dormant power of prana, gives energy, health. It is beneficial in diseases of the eye and improves eyesight, raises body resistance to disease, reduces deficiency of vitamins, removes tiredness
II. During fasting, it reduces hunger pangs and thirst
III. In insomnia, doing this hand posture, along with Gyan Mudra, helps in bringing on sleep.

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