Using Mudras

Mudras are spiritual gestures that are believed to influence the flow of energy (prana) in our bodies. Some mudras involve the entire body and eyes but most are done with hands and fingers. Your hands are full of meridians and energy centers. Numerous mudras with differing meanings are used to bring about certain states of consciousness.
Mudras can be used at any time but are mostly used during meditation for about 15 minutes or longer. They are generally done with both hands at the same time. Combining mudra, meditation, and pranayama (breathing exercises) is said to be powerful in creating positive results.

angeli mudraAnjali Mudra (offering honor and respect)

Anjali MudraAnjali mudra (also called namaskara mudra) is used to show respect and recognition of the Divine in everyone. Anjali (meaning offering) is often accompanied with the word ‘namaste’. It is often used to begin or end an activity, as a greeting, to say goodbye, or as ‘thank you’. Bring hands together in prayer position at the heart center in front of the chest. Thumbs gently touching the sternum brings focus to the heart. Pressing palms together brings balance to the right and left sides of the body and brain. Anjali mudra can also be expressed with hands together at the forehead to represent the spiritual insight of the third eye.

 

 

Jnana Mudra or Gyan MudraJnana Mudra or Gyan Mudra (to receive peace,wisdom and knowledge)

1361282213The jnana mudra represents knowledge and wisdom. This mudra is used to induce a receptive state. It is said to energize the nervous system while promoting peace, calm, and spiritual awareness.
The gesture is made by bringing the index finger and thumb together to form a circle while leaving the other 3 fingers extended. Hands are rested with palms facing up which opens the heart chakra. The jnana mudra allows an openness to receive what is needed from our divine source. The index finger represents individual consciousness. The thumb represents universal consciousness. Bringing them together symbolizes unity of individual self with universal and the divine consciousness.

 

chin mudraChin Mudra (to feel grounded and connected)

chin mudraThe chin mudra represents being consciously grounded and connected to the universe and to the divine. Like the jnana mudra, this gesture is made by bringing the index finger and thumb together to form a circle while leaving the other 3 fingers extended. The palms are down in this mudra, resting on the knees. The last three fingers extend downward to the earth. The index finger represents individual consciousness. The thumb represents universal consciousness. Bringing them together symbolizes unity of our individual self with universal and divine consciousness. The downward energy stimulates the root chakra which connects and grounds us with the earth.

 

 

Lotus MudraLotus Mudra (open and awaken the heart)

Lotus MudraIn Buddhism the lotus blossom represents heart opening, growth, and enlightenment. The lotus flower is rooted in mud and darkness, grows up through water, and blooms beautifully above the surface. Like the lotus, we have our own struggles and dark places. Through experience, we grow toward the light to finally emerge and blossom. Bring hands together in front of the chest. Heels of the palms come together, thumb and pinky tips touching. Let your fingers separate like blossoming lotus petals.
Like the open flower, open yourself to your divine source. Receive whatever you need and much more. This is an effective mudra for the heart chakra.

 

 

Uttarabodhi MudraUttarabodhi Mudra (enlightnment, unity)

Uttarabodhi MudraUttarabodhi MudraThe Uttarabodhi mudra is the gesture of supreme enlightenment. This mudra evokes a sense of unshaken unity within oneself, alignined with our Source.
It is formed with both hands clasped at the heart center. Index fingers are extended and touching, pointing upwards, thumbs can be folded together or touching (forming more of a diamond shape). Try holding the mudra at the heart and moving with the breath, raising hands on inhale straight up to the sky and then back to the heart on exhale for 10-12 breaths. Then sense the subtle energy shift in your body. It is a nice centering excerise before yoga or deep meditation, or as a meditation in itself.

 

 

Apaan Mudra Apaan Mudra (detoxify, purify, energize)

Apaan Mudra Bend middle, ring fingers and thumb so that their tips are touching.
Index and little finger are pointing straight. The Apaan Mudra is usually performed with both hands and held for at least 30 minutes. (You can divide it into three session of 10 to 15 minutes).
This mudra detoxifies, purifies, and energizes the body.

 

 

Pran Mudra

Pran Mudra (grounding, stabilizing, energizing, vision improvement)

Pran MudraThe pran mudra is thought to stimulate the root chakra.The thumb touches both the ring and pinky at the tips. The index and middle fingers remain extended. This gesture is done with both hands.
Pran or prana means ‘life energy’. This mudra is said to energize elemental force of root chakra. It brings vitality and energy, reduces fatigue, reduces nervousness and improves vision. Combine with conscious,
slow, gentle breathing for a calming, stabilizing effect.

 

Prithvi Mudra

Prithivi (earth) Mudra (stabilizing, stengthening, self-confidence)

Prithivi (earth) mudraPrithvi is the Sanskrit word for earth. This hand gesture recharges the root chakra aligning it with earth energies. Touch the tip off the ring finger of each hand to the tip of the thumb. The rest of the fingers should be pointing straight. The grounding energy from this gesture helps to balance the different elements inside of the body. It also also helps to stabilize and strengthen the body, alleviating fatigue. Practicing this mudra helps foster self-confidence and helps open the mind freeing it from irrational prejudices and beliefs.

  

Dhyana (or Samadhi) Mudra Dhyana (or Samadhi) Mudra (promotes meditative energy)

Dhyana (or Samadhi) Mudra This hand gesture promotes energy of meditation, deep contemplation and unity with higher energy. The circling of energy created when the thumbs of the two hands touch promotes a cleansing of impurities. It represents an empty chalice or bowl symbolic of emptying yourself to be filled with light and positive energy. Place hands in your lap, palms up, one hand op top of the other, and let the thumbs touch. It is said to have astrong impact on the efficiency of the sacral chakra.

 

 

Hakini MudraHakini Mudra (mudra for the mind) (concentration and memory)

Hakini MudraThe Sanskrit meaning of Hakini is dominion, power or rule. It is known as the mudra for the mind and is associated with the divinity within. The Hakini Mudra is used to heighten cognitive powers by encouraging co-operation between the right and the left hemispheres of the brain. It is believed to help with concentration and memory. It guides your consciousness through your sixth (third eye) chakra. It is also thought to help balance the solar plexus chakra and crown chakra. Place the tips of your fingers together with their corresponding fingers of other hand, direct your eyes upward. People often put their fingers in this position naturally while talking or thinking. The Hakini Mudra can be practised at any time. 

 

Rudra MudraRudra Mudra (strength)

Rudra MudraThis mudra strengthens the grounding nature of the earth element. It activates the solar plexus and strengthens energy or prana. This is especially good for those experiencing excessive stress. It helps combat lethargy, restlessness, butterflies in the stomach and anxiety. Rudra Mudra can be performed for 5 minutes several times a day. Place the tips of thumb index finger, and ring finger together on both hands. Extend the other two fingers in a relaxed way.
This mudra can be done alone or with the following visualization: Imagine sitting in the center of a large wheel, near the hub (center). The wheel can turn as much as it wants, but has no effect on you. When you leave the hub and sit at the edge, see yourself using grounding strength for stability. See this applying to situations in your life. 

 

 

Akash MudraAkaash Mudra (acivates the Third Eye Chakra)

Akaash MudraThis mudra is thought to increase the space (ether) inside you. It activates our own inner teacher (divine self). It changes our perspective and widens our views in order to understand life better by activating the third eye chakra and crown chakra. This also helps to clear the throat chakra. It diminishes negative emotions and stimulates noble, positive thoughts and emotions. It aids one in taking strides in meditation. It encourages the development of intuition and ESP. It is used to detoxify the body through elimination of wastes (through exhaled air, sweat, urine and stools) and to overcome discomfort caused by over-eating. It is also used to relieve head congestion and pain, ear infection, chest congestion, high blood pressure, irregular heart-beats, and angina pectoris. Touch the thumb and middle fingers together at the tips and loosely extend the other fingers.
Precaution: People with a pronounced Vaata prakruti (aryuvedic constitution) should perform this mudra in moderation, if at all. 

 

 

Third Eye MudraThird Eye (Brow) Mudra

Third Eye (Brow) MudraTo open the third eye chakra, place your hands in front of your lower chest. Middle fingers are straight and touching at the tops, pointing forward. The other fingers are bent and touch at the upper two knuckle joints. Thumbs point towards you and touch at the tops. Concentrate on the third eye chakra slightly above the point between the eyebrows. Silently or quietly chant the sound OM or AUM. Continue, letting the body relax. Focus on the chakra and it’s meaning for your life. 

 

Crown Chakra Mudra

Crown Chakra Mudra

Crown Chakra MudraPlace your hands in front of your stomach. Let the ring fingers point upwards, touching at their tips. Cross the rest of your fingers, with the left thumb under the right. Concentrate on the Crown Chakra at the top of your head and chant the sound NG silently or alaoud.
Don’t use this meditation for the Crown chakra unless your grounding Root chakra is strong. It is importand to have a strong foundation first. 

 

Vishnu Mudra, alternate nostril breathingVishnu Mudra for Alternate Nostril Breathing

Vishnu MudraMudra for Alternate Nostril Breathing, (breathing through one nostril at a time, with the other nostril lightly held closed). Fold the right index and middle fingers against the palm. Extend thumb and other two fingers. To close the left nostril, press lightly on it with the tips of the little and ring fingers. To close the right nostril, press lightly on it with the thumb. While retaining the breath, press lightly on both nostrils to hold them closed. Find directions and video here. 

 

 

kubera mudraKubera Mudra for achieving goals, confidence

Kubera MudraThis mudra is used for achieving goals, confidence, finding objects as well as opening up the sinuses. The Kubera mudra is seen as a physical expression of our deepest desire to stick to a plan and follow through with our goals. It helps us to strengthen our committment. First, clearly and positively state your desired goal. You may want to write it down and place it where you can see it. Then bring the tips of the thumb, index and middle fingers together. Let the other two fingers bend inward towards the palms. Do this with both hands and hold for several minutes 2 to 3 times each day. Let yourself feel the power and strength behind this practice. You can speak your intention aloud throughout the practice or in your mind and feel the intention. 


 Kundalini Mudra Sequence to Balance Energy

This is a sequence of four mudras for balancing energy used in Kundalini Yoga. With both hands simultaneously, alternately touch the tips of each finger with the tip of your thumb. Keep each connected for a few seconds. This simple sequence calms the mind and brings clarity. The hand positions have the following individual effects:

mudra, kundalina, rootThumb to tip of index finger. Opens the Root chakra and moves more energy to lower body. Makes one calmer and more concentrated.

 

 

 mudra, kundalini, confidence

Thumb to tip of middle finger. Fosters patience.

 

 kundalini, mudra, intuition

Thumb to tip of ring finger. Fosters energy, stability and self-confidence.

 

 mudra, kundalini, patience Thumb to tip of pinky finger. Enhances intuition and feeling.

 

 

 

Mudras for the chakras