Today, our lives are full of stress and anxiety. We find it extremely difficult to find out time for our health. We neglect our health in the race to achieve everything about work.
However, our daily schedule and work have a big impact on our minds. Our mind stores all the work, thoughts, stress, and gossips making it heavy and filled up. We cannot quit our jobs or run away from our work. This hectic schedule stresses our minds, and tensions cause sleeplessness and anxiety.
It is why most people today get sick constantly. People have weakened their immunity and completely disrupted their mental health. Such disruptions are severely bad for our health. The problems that appear small today can turn into life-taking diseases in the future.
If you are facing any such health problem, or if you are living a hectic corporate life, then we have some health changing exercises for you.
Mudra for Improved Health
Mudra means ‘seal’ in English. It is a gesture or poses that is formed using your hands. It is a symbolic gesture practiced with fingers. From ancient times, mudras have been used as a cure for various lifestyle diseases. Hand mudras, when paired with yoga boost the results.
These hand mudras stimulate different parts of the human body and help in the flow of energy throughout the body. The ‘locks’ formed by specific hand gestures guide the energy to flow and reflexes the brain.
Many mudras are performed today. Each mudra has a unique health benefit. Today, we are going to discuss one such mudra called the- Shakti Mudra.
What is Shakti Mudra?
Shakti Mudra is a hand gesture that is known to calm the body and the mind. It has been practiced in Ayurveda to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body to form stable physical and mental health.
Another beneficial effect of this mudra is around the pelvic area. It is, therefore, considered sensual or feminine. The shakti mudra soothes the nervous system and relaxes the brain muscles. It is targeted towards reducing sleep disorders and enhances inner strength. With the regular practice of Shakti mudra, you can create new power in your body.
What is the Meaning of Shakti Mudra?
Shakti= The Goddess of life energy
Mudra= Gesture/ Seal
The term Shakti in Shakti mudra originates from the Sanskrit language. Shakti means strength. It is the name of Hindu Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga is referred to as the Goddess of eternal power and strength. It is how the name of the mudra originated.
The Shakti mudra is dedicated to the Goddess of life energy that is the energy of strength. The mudra that is specifically designed as a remedy for insomnia is also sometimes known as the Shakti Chalana Mudra.
How to do Shakti Mudra?
Shakti Mudra is performed using all the fingers of both hands. Try to copy the image shown on the side to perform the shakti mudra. If you want to perform this mudra, you should tuck the thumb in the center of your palm, bend the index and middle finger and wrap the thumb completely.
Now, touch the distal phalanges of the ring finger and little finger with all other corresponding fingers of the other hand. Now, touch the middle phalanges of the index finger and the middle finger of both hands together.
How to Sit for Shakti Mudra?
Shakti mudra involves proper practice and the right posture to be performed. Let us first understand the required sitting posture to perform shakti mudra.
- Firstly, sit in a pelvic yoga asana. You may sit in malhasana or utkata konasana. This mudra is related to the pelvic area, and so while performing this mudra, if you sit in a pelvic opening yoga asana, its effect is enhanced.
However, if you are unable to sit in any of these postures, then you may simply use regular meditative yoga asanas like padmasana or sukhansana.
- As you sit in the right posture, slowly close your eyes and start taking some deep breaths. It helps in bringing a better flow of prana in the body. It will help you to feel Chitta, and you’ll be able to concentrate on it.
- You may also perform the mudra while standing. If you cannot sit or are uncomfortable sitting in any of the positions, then you can perform this mudra in Tadasana.
How to arrange your fingers?
Now comes the main part, the finger arrangement. Shakti mudra is all about using the right finger arrangements to yield the best results. Now, let us see how to perform Shakti mudra.
Steps to Perform Shakti Mudra
First, place your thumb in the center of your palm. Now, bend all fingers over the thumb, except the little finger. Do this with both your hands simultaneously.
Secondly, extend the ring and little finger as much as you can and start bringing both hands close to each other.
Now, try to touch the uppermost part of the left hands ring finger with the uppermost part of the right hands ring finger.
Perform the same with the right-hand ring finger. Touch the uppermost part of the left hand’s little finger with the uppermost part of the right hand’s little finger.
In this step, touch the middle part of the index finger and middle finger of both hands together.
It is the last step of this mudra. In this step, keeping the same arrangement of fingers you have to bring both your hands close to your chest. As you do so, try to remove all the thoughts from your mind and concentrate on your breath. You may chant Om to enhance concentration.
Keep your breath constant. Do not increase or decrease your breathing rate. You should perform this mudra for 30 minutes at a stretch every day for the best results. However, if you are unable to do so, you may perform it 10 to 12 minutes three times a day. There is no specific hour to perform this mudra. In fact, you can perform it before bedtime to sleep a peaceful sleep. You’ll soon start seeing the results of its regular practice.
Precautions to be Taken While Performing Shakti Mudra
Even though the mudra is highly beneficial for the body, it has to be done in the right way to enjoy its fruit. There are certain precautions that you should take while performing this mudra. These precautions include:
- Wear comfortable clothes. The flow of blood should not be disrupted because of tight clothing.
- It is always advised to remove ornaments like bracelets, watch, etc. from your hands while performing any mudra. It keeps you light and improves concentration.
- Do not put too much pressure on your fingers. You should sit in a posture for a long time, so you should not exert your fingers.
- Do not perform Shakti mudra for long periods. It might make you lethargic. Keep the time-limited and enjoy results.
- Also, remove any distractions such as mobile phones or television. Perform the mudra in a calm place.
Shakti Mudra Health Benefits
Now that we know how we should perform shakti mudra and what it is done for, it is time we gain some insight about the benefits this mudra has on our health.
These are some physical and spiritual benefits of shakti mudra:
Insomnia is one of the most commonly complained health problems today. Sleeplessness is generally caused by an unstable brain due to stress and worries. Shakti mudra calms the mind and soothes the nervous system that is directly connected to our mind. As our mind starts getting relaxed, we experience better sleep. By performing regular shakti mudra all kinds of sleep disorders can be eliminated.
Prevents disorders related to the pelvis area
As already discussed, shakti mudra is directly linked to the pelvis area. It is designed in a way that the flow directly reaches the pelvic area. All the glands in this area are relaxed. Some specific issues of the pelvic area that are resolved through this mudra are:
- Painful urination: Painful urination is caused by prostate gland disorder in males. It is located near the pelvic area, and so Shakti mudra helps to get rid of this problem.
- Menstruation Problems: Menstruation disorders are leading concern in women today. Shakti mudra helps to relieve these menstruation cramps and discomforts.
- Bowel problems: Shakti mudra also helps in relieving any bowel issues or intestine problems.
Strengthens Immune System
Since shakti mudra is directly linked to power and strength, it plays a crucial role in building immunity. Shakti mudra brings inner strength and stability to our bodies. The tranquillity of the mudra boosts the internal physical energy. It helps in a stable and improved immune system.
Sacral Chakra Stimulation
Shakti mudra, when performed regularly leads to many spiritual benefits. Consistent practice of Shakti mudra influences the sacral chakra that is a few inches below the navel. With regular practice, the flow of prana gets directed to the Sakal chakra and hence stimulates it. It makes a person more creative, fearless, and self-confident.
Final Thoughts: Gesture of Power
In today’s time, when each one of us is stuck in thoughts, fears, and anxieties, investing some time in health care is essential. We cannot leave our jobs, but we can take care of our mental and emotional well-being through yoga and mudra.
Fade problems of sleeplessness, stress, anxiety, and many more by focussing on your daily habits or routine. Shakti mudra will help you relieve stress and live a tension-free life. It will also provide you with many other health benefits.
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