According to the Western medical science, the regular practice of yoga could enhance the activity of your parasympathetic nervous system. This system plays an important role in the regulation of the ‘rest and digest’ mode of your body, thus promoting relaxation.
In addition, yoga helps decrease stress, such as work-related stress. Yoga has been found to be as affective as or even superior to standard physical exercise in diseased and healthy people.
The regular yoga practice may be especially useful for addressing challenges associated with your mental well-being, like memory problems, poor concentration, depression, anxiety, and more.
It is important to understand that yoga isn’t about twisting your body into impossible shapes and acrobatic-looking poses. But, it is about the meditation, breathing, and gestures, which help raise your awareness.
Here are 8 hand mudras that act as an incredible therapy. You can do most of them any time of the day as a part of your regular yoga practice.
Yoga mudras are symbolic gestures usually practiced with the fingers and hands. You can adopt these gestures during breathing exercises (pranayama) or meditation. Additionally, they are thought to be ritual gestures depicted in ancient scripts and Buddhist and Hindu images.
Furthermore, they boost energy flow in your body. In short, they can direct the energy flow to your body as well as stimulate different parts of your brain. That’s not all, they could also help fight a number of health issues and keep good health. Specifically, each finger corresponds to a natural element, including earth, water, air, space, and fire.
Here Is How to Practice These 8 Simple Yoga Mudras to Maintain Good Health:
– Mudra of the Heart or Apanu Vaya Mudra
This mudra helps improve your heart health. It is extremely useful for those that have experienced a heart attack.
Press the tip of your thumb with the tips of your ring and middle finger. Touch the base of your thumb and apply light pressure with your index finger while keeping your pinky finger stretched out.
You should do this mudra as often as you can. In case you suffer from heart problems, make sure to hold for about 15 minutes.
– Mudra of Life or Prana Mudra
It is a vital mudra that helps balance your body’s energy. You should practice this mudra in order to boost your immune system as well as revitalize your body. You can also do it to fight eyesight problems, insomnia, and when fasting since it helps lower hunger pangs.
Use the tips of your ring and pinky finger to press the tip of your thumb. Keep the other fingers straight.
You can do it any time of the day in order to feel more active.
– Mudra of Emptiness or Shunya Mudra
It helps fight an earache and is beneficial for those suffering from hearing problems. There are 3 bones in each finger known as the phalanges, except the thumb that only has 2.
Start by bending the middle finger and then place the thumb over it. Make sure you press the bone close to the tip of your middle finger (distal phalanx) with the base of your thumb. Keep the other fingers straight.
In case you want to fight an earache, you should apply full concentration. Once you notice the improvements, stop doing the mudra as the long-term use could result in some imbalance in your body.
– Mudra of Water or Varun Mudra
It helps regulate the amount of fluids in your body. Also, it has a beneficial impact on your skin, thus moistening it and making it glow.
Simply touch the tips of your pinky finger and your thumb and keep the other fingers straight.
You can do it in a sitting position any time of the day.
But, avoid pressing to near the nail of your pinky finger because it may lead to dehydration. Moreover, those suffering from respiratory problems and asthma should avoid doing this mudra.
– Mudra of Fire or Agni Mudra
Mudra of fire, also known as Mudra of the Sun, helps improve the function of your thyroid gland. It also helps in cases of anxiety, weight and digestive problems.
The only thing you need to do is bend the ring finger and then press the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. Make sure you keep the other fingers straight.
You should do this mudra in a sitting position, on an empty stomach, and in the morning for best results. Hold it for up to 15 minutes, 2 times a day. In case you are feeling very weak, avoid doing it. Plus, avoid overdoing it in hot weather.
– Mudra of Earth or Prithvi Mudra
You should practice it when you are feeling stressed out and exhausted. It helps lower weakness, enhance blood circulation, and improve your digestive health.
Simply allow the tip of your thumb and the tip of your ring finger to touch. All you need to do is press the tips together and extend the other 3 fingers.
You should do this mudra in the morning for optimal results.
– Mudra of Air or Vayu Mudra
It helps release excess air from your stomach. This mudra is useful for those who suffer from cervical spondylitis, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, gout, arthritis, and chronic rheumatic conditions.
Start by folding your index finger and then place the base of your thumb against the bone close to the tip of the finger (its distal phalanx). Your thumb should come over your index finger, which means you will feel slight pressure. Make sure the other 3 fingers remain stretched.
You can do this mudra any time of the day, on an empty or full stomach. You should hold it for about 45 minutes and practice it on a regular basis in order to alleviate pain. Afterwards, stop doing it.
– Mudra of Knowledge or Gyan Mudra
It elevates your knowledge and enhances concentration and memory. Moreover, it also fights insomnia and enhances the function of your endocrine and pituitary glands.
This mudra is typically used during meditation. Start by touching the tip of your thumb against the tip of your index finger and then stretch out the other 3 fingers. However, you can also keep these fingers slightly bent.
Even though you can practice this mudra any time of the day, make sure you practice it in the morning for best results. You can do it in a sitting, standing, or lying position.
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