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Updated on Sep 19, 2023
Yoga connotes the practice of asanas together with practicing breathing techniques for people in general. But not many know that yoga has another subtle, independent and less familiar branch known as Yog Tatva Mudra Vigyan. It is also known as the science of mudra and breath regulation or pranayama in yoga.
So, what is Mudra? Yoga is a distinct field of art, which is based entirely on the Ayurveda principles. The Mudras in Yoga are considered to have therapeutic modality. Mudra in Sanskrit means gesture. Mudra can be formed using your entire body or it can involve simple positions made with fingers and hands. Mudras done together with pranayamas invigorate the body’s prana flow. This in turn energizes various body parts.
In Ayurveda, it is said that the illnesses are caused mainly because of our body’s imbalance. This imbalance is caused either due to the access or lack of one of the five elements of the universe.
As per Ayurveda, human fingers are said to have the features of these five universal elements. All these elements serve an essential function within our body. Our fingers are like the electrical circuits which can be used and adjusted in a way to give direction to your body’s energy flow. This, in turn, affects the equilibrium of the five elements of the universe namely; air, water, fire, earth, and ether to facilitate the healing process.
The mudras that we made by hand create a delicate connection between the brain’s intuitive patterns and affect the reflexes that are lying unconscious. On the other hand, the inner energy stays balanced and they bring variation in tendons, veins, sensory organs, glands etc.
Most mudras in yoga are done while sitting in Vajrasana (Lotus Pose) in a cross-legged position. While practicing the mudras, Ujjayi breathing technique of breathing twelve times in each mudra is followed.
Yoga practice enhances the development of mind and body. However, yoga cannot be used as a substitute for medication. Yoga should be learned and practised under the guidance of a qualified Yoga instructor. However, if you suffer from any health condition, consult your physician and your yoga instructor before practising the art.
As per Ayurveda, if there is an imbalance in the five main essentials of the universe, they lead to diseases. In ayurveda, the fingers represent the following:
~ Thumb finger connotes fire
~ Index finger connotes air
~ Central or middle finger connotes space
~ The ring finger signifies earth
~ Lastly, the little finger denotes water
Mudra means gesture in Sanskrit language. Mudra might involve the simple hand movements or it may involve the movement of the entire body. Mudra together with breathing techniques arouse the flow of prana in our body. Mudras done with the help of fingertips produce a link with the brain. This regulates the reflexes connected to affected body parts.
The Anjali Mudra plays a critical role to harmonise the brain’s left and right hemispheres. It also improves blood’s oxygen circulation. Further, it increases the intuitive power while keeping a balance between the adrenal and pituitary glands. This makes your wrists and arms flexible and you can control emotions better. It also stimulates the memory power of humans.
There are different mudras that are powerful in their own way:
~ The Chin mudra helps in enhancing concentration power
~ The Chinmaya mudra enhances digestion
~ Brahma mudra lowers tiredness
~ Adi mudra helps to control snoring and relaxes the nervous system
~ Prana Mudra facilitates healing
~ Anjali mudra is helpful in creating positive thoughts
~ Apan Vayu mudra relaxes stress
~ Surya mudra is for better metabolism
~ Varun mudra is to enhance clarity in communication
~ Hakini mudra is for the mind
~ Ashwini mudra aids in helping constipation
~ Meditation mudra for concentration
Yes, definitely yoga mudras are effective. There is a strong connection between the fingertips with your brain via the neural function. Each yoga mudra functions like a bond to align energy connected with it.
Yes, the Prithvi Mudra is associated with strengthening the mind. In addition, there are other mudras like the Prana Mudra which are associated with vitality. The Ganesh Mudra is known to remove obstacles. Kali Mudra helps to overcome difficulty, while Anjali mudra is used for peace. Linga Mudra on the other hand is for strengthening and firming your lungs and limiting respiratory problems.
There is a powerful mudra in yoga which gets stimulated to energise the brain. This is done by positioning fingertips and fingers in a posture or gesture of bend, touch or overlap. The brain receives signals which help in moving the pattern of energy in the mind, body and emotions.
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