10 Powerful Meditation Mudras

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What Are Yoga Mudras?

Mudras are a part of yoga classes, but have you wondered how much do you know about them?

What does mudra mean? Mudra means seal, gesture, or mark, very often practiced with the hands and fingers.

We use mudras mostly for meditation or pranayama(breathing exercises) to direct the flow of energy within our body.

1. Gyan Mudra

Gyan Mudra

The Gyan Mudra is the most popular and used yoga gesture.

How to do: 

Connect the tips of the thumb and index finger.

Keep the other three fingers together, lightly stretched.

Benefits: 

  • Increases creativity
  • Raises concentration

2. Anjali Mudra

Anjali Mudra

Anjali Mudra symbolizes honor and respect for yourself and the universe.

How to do:

Connect the palms in front of your heart.

Benefits: 

  • Improves focus
  • Relieves stress
  • Calms mind

3. Yoni Mudra

Yoni Mudra

Yoni mudra is one of the mudras of yoga that promotes a calm state of mind.

How to do:

Bring palms together with the fingers and thumbs straight and the thumbs pointing towards the sky. 

Next, turn the pinky, ring, and middle finger inwards, so the back of the fingers is touching.

Take slow and deep breaths.

Benefits:

  • Calms mind
  • Brings clarity of thought
  • Alleviates stress
  • Promotes flow of energy

4. Vayu Mudra

Vayu Mudra

Vayu Mudra helps regulate Vata-related issues, both mental and physical.

How to do:

Connect the thumb to the knuckle or hump of the index finger.

Press the index finger to your level of comfort. 

This gesture is intended to relax, not strain the joint.

Helps with diseases related to air imbalances, such as: 

  • Joint pain
  • Bloating 
  • Flatulence

5. Surya Mudra

Surya Mudra

Surya increases the solar/fire element within the body and improves metabolism and digestion.

How to do:

Touch the ring finger knuckle with your thumb by bending your ring finger to the base of your thumb.

Benefits: 

  • Feeling of balance
  • Reduces heaviness in the body
  • Positive changes in our life

6. Rudra Mudra

Rudra Mudra

Rudra Mudra activates the solar plexus chakra, which is associated with personal transforming power. 

Rudra is also used to reach the maximum potential and achieve the goals.

How to do:

Connect your thumb to your index and ring fingers while keeping your other two fingers straight.

Benefits:

  • Higher concentration
  • Increases appetite
  • Eases tension
  • Improves eyesight
  • Better self-confidence

7. Prana Mudra

Prana Mudra

Prana is one of the most important mudras due to its ability to activate dormant energy within your body.

How to do:

Touch your ring and pinky fingers to the tip of your thumb while keeping the other two fingers straight.

Benefits: 

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve vision
  • Boosts the immune system

8. Prithvi Mudra

Prithvi Mudra

Prithvi Mudra is used to increasing the earth element within an individual as a means of healing.

The ring finger symbolizes earth and the thumb symbolizes fire.

Prithvi Mudra is also used to bring a balance between these two elements.

How to do:

Sit in any comfortable posture with a relaxed body and mind. Then, touch the tip of your thumb and ring finger together. 

Keep your three other fingers extended.

Benefits:

  • Improves body strength
  • Reduces body weakness
  • Shiny and clean face skin

9. Jnana Mudra

Jnana Mudra

Jnana Mudra means knowledge or wisdom. It is one of the most used yogic mudras in meditation.

How to do:

Fold the index finger and let it touch the base of the thumb. The forefinger forms a circle, but the thumb points straight out.

Straighten the other three fingers gently.

Place your hands on the knees with your palm downwards.

The three fingers should point forward and downwards.

Benefits:

  • Better sleep
  • Stabilizes and calms the mind
  • Higher concentration
  • Boosts memory 
  • Improves creativity

10. Dhyana Mudra

Dhyana Mudra

Dhyana brings you into deeper, more profound concentration. It also gives you tranquility and inner peace.

How to do:

Sit with your hands facing upward with your right hand resting on top of your left palm.

Benefits: 

  • Quiets mind
  • Assists healing
  • Improves concentration

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