Yogic mudras or Hand gestures are additional hand movements which help in yoga posture and aid in gaining extra benefits from the yogic postures.
Mainly these yogic postures are practiced in sitting yoga postures like Lotus posture. You can use these mudras with pranayama (Breathing practice) and yoga postures both with ease.
There are some tips before I start telling you about them:
- For good results, you must perform these gesture in Lotus position or decent position.
- Try these gestures at Morning after nature’s call on a Mattress. Before gestures, do inhale and exhale practices for some time, then try the yogic mudras.
- Perform these gestures with both hands simultaneously.
- For easy understanding of hand gestures, I recall the common names for fingers here. The first finger after your thumb is also known as the Index finger, while the third finger from index finger is known as ring finger. Rest are commonly known and easily recognized as the Middle finger (the middle one from both side) and little finger (Fourth one from index one).
Now Let us start studying the gestures one by one
Knowledge Gesture (Gyan Mudra)
Knowledge gesture is a commonly viewed gesture because every spiritual person or yogi sit while performing this gesture. It is called knowledge gesture because the constant practice of this gesture makes brain and nervous system work faster. The reason behind this fact is that acupuncture point of the brain is situated at the tip of the thumb and this gesture deal with touching this point.
Fold your index finger so that it touches the thumb of your same hands. Meanwhile, the middle finger, ring finger and little finger must remain in a straight direction. Remain in the gesture for 5-6 min.
Thumb Gesture (Ling Mudra)
Thumb gesture is the gesture which is enemy of the cold. It generates heat in the body; therefore it helps with a cough and cold problems in winter.
Put your fingers of both hand in each other and attach them to you fold them in prayer. Now try to move your thumb upwards in a straight manner. Stay in the gesture for 3-4 min.
Zero Gesture (Shunya Mudra)
Zero Gesture helps in reducing the earache. If somebody is having a puss in the ear, then practising this gesture will help them a lot.
Fold your middle finger so that its tip touch at the root of the thumb and Thumb’s front part will touch middle finger’s part where its nail ends.
Earth Gesture (Prithvi Mudra)
Earth gesture improve the blood circulation in the whole body. It also strengthens bones, grows weight in skinny people and reduces weakness of body and mind.
Touch your Ring fingertip to the thumb’s tip for around 3-4 min. Rest of the fingers must remain in the straight position.
Sun Gesture (Surya Mudra)
This helps in reducing cholesterol level and also a boon for killing extra fat from your body at a faster pace. It also improves digestion.
Touch your Thumb’s tip to the above of the edge of the nail of the ring finger. Other fingers remain in the straight direction. Perform it for 3-4 minutes.
Energy Gesture (Prana Mudra)
It gives the performer’s body enormous energy. It improves the immunity system. By regular usage, this gesture also helps to get rid of the spectacles. It cures all kind of eye disorders.
Fold your Little finger and Ring finger simultaneously so that it can touch the tip of the thumb. Let your Middle finger and index finger in a straight direction. Do this gesture for 3-4 min.
Water Gesture (Varun Mudra)
Water gesture as it name implies helps the body to gain the water loss and other water-borne diseases like Jaundice etc. It glorifies the skin.
Touch your Middle finger’s tip with the tip of the thumb. Let other fingers remain in straight position.
Air Gesture (Vayu Mudra)
Air gesture helps you in ailments like leg pain, paralysis, joint pain etc. Air gesture with Energy gesture gives better and best results.
Touch the tip of the thumb to the edge of the index fingernail upper part. Let other fingers remain straight in direction.