What is Prithvi Mudra?
Yogic science is not limited to Asanas (Postures) and Pranayama (Breathing Exercise). There is much more to it. For instance, a detailed branch of yoga, Yog Tatva Mudra Vigyan (the science of yoga mudras), is also effective.
This science is based on Pancha Maha-Bhoota or Pancha Bhoota.
According to this science, your body is made up of five elements
- Prithvi (Earth)
- Agni (Fire)
- Akasha (Earth)
- Vayu (Air)
- Jal (Water)
These five elements or Pancha Bhoota are responsible for your overall human being.
Imbalance in any of these elements can result in disorder or dysfunction in your body.
Now, Yoga Tattva Mudra Vijnana links the five elements with your five fingers.
Mudras involve the use of fingers to adjust the flow of the energy and thus balance these elements. There are many mudras which help in keeping these energy flow in control and in level to ensure good health and fitness.
These are simple to do mudras but require patience and regular practice to do. You cannot assume good health with just 5 min of mudra yoga or doing the mudra yoga just once or twice in a week.
Here you will understand about one such mudra, the Prithvi mudra, how to do, and benefits.
Prithvi is a Sanskrit word for Earth, and mudra means gesture. So, Prithvi mudra is known as “Gesture of the Earth.”
Prithvi mudra is a symbolic gesture of hands practiced while meditating. It is considered as a part of spiritual yoga practice and therapeutic yoga exercise in Ayurveda that promotes mental stability and healing in your body by balancing the Prithvi element.
Now, as of the five fingers, the ring finger is associated with the Earth element, it is involved while performing Prithvi mudra. Thumb, which represents the fire element, is also used while practicing Prithvi mudra.
Why Is It Important?
According to Ayurveda, the earth element takes up the majority part of your body. So, this element plays an essential role in our mental and physical health.
Certain habits may decrease this element and cause disorders in your body.
Practicing Prithvi mudra can cure imbalance caused between Earth and fire elements, such as hair fall, nasal disorders, weight loss, dullness, fatigue, and skin disorders.
Now, let’s move ahead and see the steps involved in this mudra.
How to Do?
For performing Prithvi Mudra, you need to place your ring finger against the thumb.
Before going ahead with the mudra, you need to attain a posture.
Here are the steps:
- To begin with, sit in a yoga posture such as Sukhasana, Padmasana, or Vajrasana. Whichever posture you select, make sure you are comfortable. If you feel uncomfortable, you may not be able to meditate or concentrate.
- Once you sit in a comfortable posture, close your eyes, and take deep breaths. This aid aids in the flow of prana through your body.
- While breathing, concentrate on the breath of your nostril, which will help you feel the Chitta and relax.
- Alternatively, you can also practice this mudra while sitting on a chair or standing in Tadasana.
Now, you can proceed with the arrangement of your fingers. To do so: (Check Image below)
- Curl your ring finger towards the thumb. Continue to do so till the tip of your finger touches the thumb.
- Extend the rest of your fingers as much as you can.
- You should follow these steps with both your hands simultaneously.
- Now, place the back of your hands on the upper thighs and chant OM.
The best time to practice mudra is early in the morning. But if you find it challenging to perform in the morning, you can do it at any time of the day.
You can perform Prithvi Mudra for 30-40 minutes in a day. You can do it at a stretch or two-three times a day. However, for best results, practice this mudra for at least 20 minutes.
A Word of Caution
To get optimal results, avoid the following:
- Don’t press the thumb and finger against each other too hard.
- Don’t forcefully extend your other fingers; just stretch them comfortably.
- Avoid too tight or loose clothes. Wear comfortable clothes.
- Remove any jewelry, watch, or bracelet from your hand while practicing this mudra.
- Perform this mudra in a quiet place, which will aid your concentration.
Here are some of its benefits:
- Aids in gaining weight. Individuals who want to have lower-than-normal weight can practice this mudra.
- Boosts the strength of your body.
- Maintains the health of cartilage, hair, skin, nails, muscles, flesh, and internal organs.
- Manages nasal disorders and disorders associated with Kapha deficiency.
- Improves your immunity and thus helps to fight diseases.
- Enhances your stamina and endurance.
- Aids in the regeneration of hair.
- May help in managing ulcers.
- Boosts the health and glow of your skin.
Prithvi Mudra is an excellent way of getting rids of troubles related to the imbalance of the Earth element in your body. Performing this mudra can help you gain weight, boost the health of your hair, skin, and nails, and improves your stamina and immunity. For optimal benefits, practice this mudra for at least 20 minutes and follow the steps accurately. Lastly, be comfortable while practicing this mudra.
Healthy Mudra, Healthy You !!
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