Updated: Sep 20
Hand Mudras to calm the mind
When we experience nervousness or anxiety, cannot relax and recover, we often feel too exhausted to perform Meditation or Asana practice. In stressful times we might not have the possibility to create space for the needed Sadhana. To nudge our nervous system towards self-regulation and healing we can use the abundant knowledge of yoga science in Mudras and help ourselves quickly to relax and find balance.
As the Mudras can help with many ailments, for healthy people they have tremendous benefits as well. The following Mudras improve:
To foster your spiritual practice, as a prevention against ailments and for overall well-being, the Mudras can be implemented into your daily routine. But. You can also approach the sacred practices as treatment methods and gain from the deep knowledge of yoga science.
Chin Mudra, Gyan Mudra
The Yogic Science of Chin Mudra
Chin Mudra is well-known a famous symbol associated with meditation in Yogic and Buddhist practices. Joining the Index and Thumb depicts the union that is attained by connecting separate parts of consciousness. As the word Yoga means unifying, integrating or in Latin "religare" (religion) its purpose is to support our connection to the divine.
How to apply Chin Mudra
To perform Chin Mudra, touch the fingertips of your index finger and thumb together on each hand, forming a circle. The other fingers remain straight and relaxed. Let your arms be relaxed and straight. Avoid pointed angles and tension of your muscles, as this may squeeze blood vessels, nerves and Nadis.
The two fingers that touch in Chin Mudra are representing the personal (Index) and the cosmic consciousness (thumb). Uniting both is the ultimate goal of yoga Practices. The index finger gets bent towards yourself, diverting your energy and your awareness to the inside. This supports introspection, increasing inner awareness, deep insights, connection to Akashic knowledge and subconscious mental activity (memories, trauma, wisdom…). Therefore, Chin or Gyan Mudra is also referred to as the Mudra of consciousness.
Measurable Effects of Chin/Gyan Mudra
The Mudra of consciousness expands awareness and fosters unity with the divine. As it has powerful effects on the mind and can be used in a therapeutically manner. The health benefits of Chin Mudra Practice are various and have well studied impact on improving:
Emotional instability and outbursts
Headaches and migraines
Inner ear problems
Sense of balance
Flow of life energy in the body
Detoxification of body tissues
The Yogic Science of Hakini Mudra
Hakini Mudra is the Mudra associated with the third-eye-centre and the God of the forehead. The Neocortex (forehead brain) is among other things responsible for higher cognitive functions such as self-awareness, a concept of personality, learning, understanding and intrinsic spirituality. Virtues like wisdom, inner insight, deep understanding and self-knowledge are performed in this area of our brain. The Ajna Chakra or third eye centre is located in the middle of our brain and linked to the power of discernment, knowing right from wrong, truth from lie and breaking the veil of all illusions, leading us towards enlightenment.
How to apply Hakini Mudra
Hakini Mudra is performed with both hands. Bring all the fingertips together so that that each fingertip touches the correspondent fingertip of the other hand. The fingers remain separate from each other, are straight and relaxed. You can hold this Mudra in front of your belly, your chest or let your hands hang down.
Meaning of Hakini Mudra
The Sanskrit word “Hakini” means power. This Mudra influences our mental functions and has profound effects on the mind. Through the Nadis and Meridians in our fingers, our central nervous system gets activated in a specific manner. Physiological effects manifest in our thought patterns and emotions. With its powerful effects on the power tool of our mind, the brain, it is also referred to as the Mind Mudra.
Measurable Effects of Hakini or Mind Mudra
Because of its potent effects Hakini Mudra has been studied extensively and is often used in therapeutic settings. The Mind Mudra can help with:
Lack of concentration
Integrating brain hemispheres
Improves energizing the lungs
Provides energy to the brain
Stimulates intuition and creative work
The spiritual Science of Prana Mudra
Prana Mudra is also called the Mudra of life. It is performed with each hand separately and can be placed on different parts of the body to improve the flow of energy in that region. It strengthens our roots and emphasises on the earth element. Inducing stability and potency Prana Mudra helps us ground ourselves
How to apply Prana Mudra
For Prana Mudra, thumb, ring finger, and small fingertips come together in one touch in each hand. Gentle pressure is applied while the other fingers remain relaxed and straight. In another variation of the Mudra of Life, the thumb is placed on top of the fingernails of the ring and small fingers.
Meaning of Prana Mudra
Prana Mudra, is associated with Prana, the life. Force living. Inside every being. Also known as Chi, Orgon or life energy, Prana is elementary to all mental and physical functions. Thus, is represents the Mudra of vitality.
Measurable Effects of Prana Mudra
The Mudra of Life and Vitality is highly effective in states of physical and mental exhaustion. When we feel scattered and need to regain balance and stability, Hakini Mudra is a powerful support to revitalize and increase your capacity and endurance. With its remarkable benefits it is also referred to as Healing Mudra. The right application of Prana Mudra helps with:
Eye problems, blurry vision
Hair loss, weak hair roots
Lack of oxygenation
Hormonal disorders of the thyroid
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