What is Yoga Mudra?
The Sanskrit word Mudra is translated as gesture or attitude.
Mudras can be described as psychic, emotional, devotional, and aesthetic gestures or attitudes. Mudra is a gesture or position, usually of the hands, that locks and guides energy flow and reflexes to the brain.
The World Health Organisation defines good health as:
” A State of complete Physical, Mental and Social well-being, Not merely the absence of diseases.”
Yoga Mudra attains this goal in a simple and easy way. A mudra may involve the whole body in a combination of asana, pranayama, bandha, and visualization techniques, or it may be a simple hand position. Mudras are higher practices that lead to the awakening of the pranas, chakras, and kundalini. To get Yoga mudra benefits, Before attempting the practice of mudra, practical instruction from a guru is always considered to be a necessary requisite.
Number of Mudra according to various classics:
Hathayoga Pradipika- 10
Shiva Samhita -10
Gheranda Samhita- 25
Abhinaya Darpana -28
Yoga Mudra – an insight :
All living bodies are made of 5 distinct elements. The 5 fingers of the hands represent these 5 elements as follows-
|Fingers of Hands||Element Symbolizes|
|The Thumb||The Fire|
|The Fore Finger||The Wind|
|The Middle Finger||The Ether|
|The Ring finger||The Earth|
|The Little Or Small finger||The Water|
Hence when the mudra is practiced these elemental forces are activated and that influence the changes in the body.
Prana, the vital force of our body gets escaped from certain parts of the body. The regular practice of mudras, locks the prana within the body and thereby redirects the energy within and helps in awakening ‘Kundalini’. The practice of mudra helps in improving health, removes all the blockages, and ultimately induces higher states of consciousness
Yoga Mudra MODE OF ACTION:
The fingertips of every living being have many concentrated nerve root endings which are free energy discharge points. Science also confirms that around every tip there is a concentration of free electrons. By touching together the tips of the fingers or the fingertips to other parts of the palms this free energy (Prana) is redirected back into the body along specified channels, back up to the brain. The redirected energy traveling through the nerves stimulates the various chakras.
Keeping the hands on the knees stimulates the Gupta Nari and makes the energy start from the Mooladhara Chakra. Thus, the tension applied to the nerve/s and/or the neural or psycho-neural circuits formed by the mudras help in balancing the five basic elements (or building blocks). This balancing of the tension, and redirection of the internal energy affects the changes in veins, tendons, glands, and sensory organs, to bring the body back to a healthy state.
Keeping specified nerves stretched for specified periods tones up the nervous system. The fingers of each hand are held folded in certain specific postures and this provides the required tension on the nerves.
The fingers of each and every individual in the world are different in their shapes and sizes. These are determined and provided by nature as a tool to bring the nerves into prime condition when affected adversely.
Thus, they provide a different ‘end tension’ on the nerves when different individuals fold their fingers or the same individual folds the fingers by different methods in different Mudras. This is exactly the tension required by that individual for that particular application. Nature has already bestowed us with the tools to be used to keep us healthy.
The advantage in Mudras is that the pressure to be applied on the nerves is automatic and controlled by the shape and size of the fingers and not by external agencies.
Because the Mudras work on the nerves, they are a NEURAL SCIENCE.
Yoga Mudra BENEFITS:
Mudra is an exact and scientific yogic function by which one can develop or even change, one’s internal and external dispositions viz.
-Mental (anger, stress, emotional disturbance, intelligence, etc.),
-Spiritual (concentration, meditation) or
-Physical (in various diseases, illnesses).
- Mudras can bring miraculous mental, spiritual, and physical changes and improvements in our body
- They help in quickly balancing the elements of the body.
- Mudras affect changes in veins, tendons, glands, and sense organs.
- Mudras need no prior preparation. They can be done (mostly but with exceptions) at any time, anywhere, and under virtually any circumstances.
- They are like literal remote-control switches bringing quick and effective changes.
- They help bring about permanent changes.
- Constant practice of Mudras can stop or slow down the destructive changes in the human body. It can help develop a virtuous, socially amiable, non-violent, pious, and courteous disposition.
- Some of the Mudras can balance the elements of the body within 45 minutes; some react within a few seconds to the human body.
- It channelizes the proper flow of prana within the body.