Reading the word “mudra”, what comes first in your mind? No, no we are not talking of any form of currency here! “Mudras” are the magic in our hands, of which many of us are unknown. This is the blessing which gifts you with physical and mental fitness. It has the power of making us feel calm and composed as well as protecting us from various diseases. Our hands are like the control panel of our system.
Either you can keep this human system as a small little human being or you can enlarge this into a tremendous possibility. Whichever way it is, the control panel is still here. If you do the right things with this system, you can do miraculous things with life. I bet, this is the easiest and simplest way of living a healthy life. You all must be eager to know more about it, so here we go with our latest post on the Mudras, healing power in your hand.
What is mudra? How we define them?
Mudra in Sanskrit means “a posture” or “a seal”. Mudras are a subtle science of arranging our body in a certain way. The way our systems functions can be altered just by changing the positions of our palm. This is a whole science by itself which essentially involves geometry and circuitry of body. By holding a certain Mudra, the energies tend to move in a particular way. Our Body holds lots of energy, Positive as well as negative energy. But the problem is how to give proper direction to this energy so that we can utilize the maximum out of it? These mudras are the solution to these questions. It is a proper science that teaches us how to direct energy in our body in a proper way and direction. If followed with proper guidelines, you can achieve what you cannot even imagine in life. It helps to improve concentration power, mental ability to deal with pressure and critical situations, helps in improving decision making power, which I suppose is one of the most important thing in giving direction to our future life.
Mudras hold the power to heal many human body ailments as well. We here are not saying that mudras can heal you in every form; neither are we saying that it can treat all the health issues or problems. But the important point is that mudras can help you in many types of health issues which we will discuss in many other posts related to mudras, where you will also find the correct mudra postures and positions and the reasons of doing any particular mudra and its positive effects. We will cover everything with lots of examples and pictorial representation so that you will not face issues in learning “how to do”.
In Yoga, mudras denote the finger and hand gestures and movements used in the performance of dances, rituals and rites and while engaging in spiritual exercises such as meditation. Mudras symbolically express inner feelings and inner psychological states. They also generate various qualities such as fearlessness, power, charity and peace in the practitioner and to on-lookers.
Like any Yoga, Mudras must be practiced sincerely and after gaining full knowledge of them. With few exceptions, a practice of these, with partial knowledge can, at the least, result in no gains and if practiced wrongly can also produce undesirable effects. After understanding the basic principles, the practitioners can generally do most of the Mudras by themselves. Like any Yoga, Mudras are nature’s way of healing, as intended by nature and therefore, the mandates of nature are to be followed. There are no instant pills for any health problem, although there are some which do give temporary relief but harm in the long run. In case of Mudras, they show positive signs after some time of regular practice. While some Mudras do give instant relief, for permanent and long term gains they should be done with sincerity and belief.
Remember, the gains from all Yogic procedures are permanent and achieved without interfering with the natural working of the body mind or spirit.
It is believed that Mudras awaken the cosmic energy and help unite the atma (soul) with the paramatama (the cosmic soul).
The whole cosmos is present in our hands. Amazed! Yes it’s true. The whole universe is made up of five elements, namely: Air, Water, Sky, Earth and Fire. The five fingers in our hands symbolize these five elements:
|The Thumb||Symbolizes Fire|
|The Index finger||Symbolizes Air|
|The Middle finger||Symbolizes Sky / Space|
|The Ring finger||Symbolizes Earth|
|The Little finger||Symbolizes Water|
The finger tips 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 of the tips of the fingers or the finger tips 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. 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 effects the changes in veins, tendons, glands and sensory organs, to bring the body back to a healthy state.
Because the Mudras work on the nerves, they are a NEURAL SCIENCE. Mudra Vigyan is also a science based on the principles of the Indian Medical Science (Ayurveda) which lays down three factors primarily responsible for the body’s ills, Vata (wind), Pitta (bile) and Kapha (Phlegm).
10 types of Vayus (Winds) circulate through the nerves of the human body and can be controlled with MUDRAS.
MUKHYA VAYUS (Main Winds)
Pran Vayu Mouth; central nose; central nabhi; heart
Apan Vayu Rectum; regenerative organs; knees; loins; stomach; waist; navel and calves
Vyan Vayu Eyes; ears; shoulders; ankles; throat
Udan Vayu Hands and feet
Saman Vayu Assists other Vayus
UPVAYUS (Secondary winds)
Nag Vayu, Kurm Vayu, Kriker Vayu, Krikal or Devadutta Vayu, Dhananjaya Vayu and these winds circulate in places like the skin and bones etc. The rules to keep these Vayus in good order are called PANCHMUKHI PRANOPASANA or the five faceted worship of the life forces and use the Mudras to achieve their ends.
Some of mudra are:
- Gyan mudra
- Pran mudra
- Prithvi mudra
- Varun mudra
- Meao mudra
- Apan mudra
- Hardaya mudra / The heart posture
- Vayu mudra
- Shunya mudra
- Ling mudra
- Shankh mudra
- Yoni mudra
These are the various forms of Mudras that can be practiced to stay healthy and fit. We will discuss about each and every Mudra stated above and much more about the Mudras and yoga practices that you should follow and their health benefits in many other posts on our website.
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