Updated: Sep 21
Mudras - Ancient Wisdom for Health and Well-being
Mudras are easily performed and a simple step to start with short spiritual practices. They are healthy helpers to regulate body functions and their effects are studied well by scientist and medical doctors. Mudras have deep meaning and work on different levels of our system. The physical, the pranic, emotional and mental bodies.
Abundance of Mudras and Applications
There is a sign for every life situation, for every goal, and for every ailment. Thus, Mudras can be used as daily helpers to increase vitality and immune function, to treat a certain illness, to improve symptoms or accompany other health procedures and treatments. Often the health benefits of Mudras are just tagging along and well welcomed a side-effect when you use them for spiritual advancement and integrate them into your Sadhana. The Sanskrit term "Mudra" means denotes a seal or sign. With our body we form the Mudra and allow us to become vessels of specific information and vibration. There are different types of Mudras in the yogic tradition. Mudras can be performed using the hands, mouth, only the tongue, the anus, the eyes, or even the entire body. Every sign expresses a specific information and vibrates on a different frequency. Thus, the effects of Mudras are precise and even measurable by modern analytical methods.
How do Mudras work?
Applying Mudras, one starts with exerting soft pressure on exact areas of the body. Hand Mudras, for instance, apply pressure on the phalanges, palms, fingertips, joints and -nails. The activation of reflex zones induces the nervous system to respond, changing brain wave patterns and regulating glands. Therefore, Mudras have an impact on the mental as well as on a hormonal level. In Ayurveda, these reflex zones are used in Marma therapy, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the knowledge of Meridians is used and applied in acupuncture or acupressure therapy.
The gifts of the Yogis
The wisdom of life and how we can use the innate intelligence of our holy body and our sacred mind is not restricted to only one tradition or approach. We have today the pleasure to receive the work, the dedication and devotedness towards the truth of so many yogis, monks, healers, doctors, scientist and practitioners, that we can only call ourselves blessed. With gratefulness towards all before us we can uphold the light and bring healing and beauty to the world as to individuals.
Yoga Science of Mudra Practice
Mudra practice has overall physiological and mental effects. But Mudras have spiritual effects, too. These are more difficult to measure and are mostly perceived by the practitioner in terms of holistic health, fulfilment and happiness in life. Yet, for many decades western scientist and doctors have studied the vast benefits of Mudra practice and for Hakini, Prana and Chin Mudra. They have discovered profound improvements on:
Body weight regulation
Regulation of Hormones
Heart rate variability
and so forth….
How to do Hand Mudras
Performing hand Mudras, different parts of our hands are involved. Either the Mudras created in one hand, in both hands separately or both hands build a Mudra together. The pressure should be gentle, resembling the soft but perceivable touch of cats´ paws during kneading.
Avoid white fingernails through too much pressure as then, the blood cannot circulate well and the small energy channels get squeezed and block information from flowing
Learn Mudras at the Yoga Science Academy
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