“Kundalini Yoga assumes that every area of the hand forms a reflex zone for an associated part of the body and the brain. In this way, we can consider the hands to be a mirror for our body and our mind.” ~ Lothar Rüdiger Lütge, Kundalini yoga expert.
Practiced since antiquity in combination with pranayama, asanas and meditation, Mudras or Hand Gestures is a practice to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Our hands define our karma and fingers being the power points, are a link between individual Pranic force and universal cosmic energy. Sometimes we put hands subconsciously into Mudra positions without even realizing it, while being aware of its powers, we can actually use the Mudra positions to help channel and stimulate healing. There is a great variety of positions among which the following are most common:
Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge):
such hand position enhances knowledge, improves memory, benefits meditation, fights insomnia and can improve your mood. You can practice it anytime and anywehere.
Prithvi Mudra (Mudra of Earth):
releases spiritual and physical weaknesses, improves the life force, clears up skin and improves overall body’s functionality.
Varuna Mudra (Mudra of Water):
This position can help you to control emotions, relieve cramps and constipation. In women’s health it can improve the menstrual cycle and balance hormonal condition. You can practice this pose three times per day for 15 minutes.
Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air):
helps to calm the worried and anxious mind, sooth a strained voice and calms you down. It can also help to cope with impatience and indecisiveness. You can practice three times per day for 10-15 minutes.
Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness):
It is rather effective when it comes to ear aches. Also helps to restore confidence and boost mental cognition. You can practice it daily for 40 minutes or in case you deal with ear ache just 5-15 minutes.
Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun):
helps to alleviate weight gain, reduces appetite and stimulates digestion. This pose can help you find the way to the purpose you’ve set. 5 minutes twice a day of practice can bring the benefits.
Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life):
strengthens the mind, spirit and body. It helps you learn how to be more initiative, improves your motivation and immunity.
Apana Mudra (Mudra of Digestion):
it is often used in order to regulate excretory system, to detoxify and stimulate bowel movements.
Apana Vayu Mudra (Mudra of the Heart):
promotes healing of the heart and protects it physically. It has been also noted to help reduce gas and heart burn.
There’s no need to devote a special time to perform a mudra, but the maximum benefit is by doing it in sitting posture. It is not necessary to leave all your normal work for 1 hour to perform mudras as it can be done at any time, any place, and in any posture, even if you can’t perform all at one stretch you can practice in 2-3 installments.