Vajrapradama Mudra – mudra for building confidence and tackling insecurities
Vajrapradama Mudra works by bringing cosmic energy and giving a feeling of self assurance. There are times when we feel drained out and feel abysmal. Our mental, physical and emotional state seems quite unable to tackle even minutest of day to day problems. We want to run somewhere. Here, Vajrapradama mudra along with meditation and some breathing exercises comes to rescue.
This mudra helps build the necessary confidence and trust from inside. Just cross the fingers of both the hands as indicated in the picture. Hold it in front of the chest. Sit for a while in meditation and concentrate on your breath.
Affirmation: I am filled with poise and self confidence. Nature provides for me and It supports me with its energy.
Granthita Mudra – mudra for activating throat chakra and self healing
Granthita Mudra or Knot Mudra opens the knot in the throat center. It activates the Vishuddhi Chakra (throat chakra), opens the vocal cord passage thereby making speech clear and sweet, balances the Thyroid gland, and induces self healing. This mudra is especially helpful for Cancer patients.
To do Granthita Mudra, you need to clasp your fingers as indicated. Touch the index finger and thumb as indicated in the picture. Sit with your spine erect. Hold this mudra in front of throat. Relax your body and meditate on throat center. Visualize space and light filling in the space inside the throat.
Hold this stance for 5-10 minutes. Breathe naturally.
Affirmation: My throat center is opening. I am experiencing the vast expanse called space. All the poisons and my karmas are being annihilated.
Kundalini Mudra – mudra for awakening sexual force
Our spiritual progress and well being is dependent on our sexual desires. Sexual desires holds an intense force. The awakened serpent can be an ideal illustration of this force. All of us experience the force in varied proportions during our active span of life. It begins with adolescence and reaches its peak and bottom, depending on age, health and environment.
Kundalini Mudra awakens the sexual force and prepares us for enlightening experience of union between masculine and feminine energy.
People fall mentally and physically ill because of repressed sexual desires. Kundalini Mudra helps everyone by activating their dormant sexuality.
Form fist with both hands. Extend your left index finger and stick it inside the right fist from below. Place the pad of your right thumb on the left fingertip. Hold the mudra in front of navel.
Practice it as desired or simply do it for 15 minutes twice or thrice a day during your active love life.
Kundalini Mudra is especially beneficial for females as it helps them to release the accumulated buildup of bacteria and fungus through vaginal secretions.
Trimukha Mudra – mudra for improving concentration
Trimukha Mudra or three faced mudra is performed with both hands. Trimukha mudra helps in spiritual advancement. It improves concentration and induces self-healing. Good for relieving headache.
Join the tips of little, ring and middle fingers as indicated. Sit in a comfortable position with erect Spine. The position of hands should be in front of navel. You can do this mudra for 10 minutes as when needed.
This mudra is extremely beneficial for students preparing for tests. Students must start their study routine with this mudra.
Affirmation: I am confident that I will make healthy choices for myself.
Shankh Mudra – for relieving throat / speech ailments
Shankh Mudra resembles Conch shell. Conch Shell is traditionally used in Hindu temples for worship. Conch Shell is blown to create pure sound vibrations.
Shankh Mudra in a similar way helps those with speech and throat ailments. Shankh mudra helps by clearing the throat. It relieves stammering. It gives a quality to your speech by restoring the pitch and resonance.
It also balances the Thyroxine secretion from Thyroid gland. However, the use of Shankh Mudra should be limited to 10-15 minutes as when needed. Never do this mudra after taking your meals.
Encircle your left thumb with the four fingers of your right hand. Touch the right thumb to the extended middle finger of your left hand. The two hands should look like a conch shell.
Practice japa of OM while doing Shankh mudra with an affirmation in your mind
“My voice is sweet like honey. I sing like a morning bird. I am calm, I speak sense.”
Press fingernails of middle finger as indicated. The other fingers will remain extended.
Practice Asthma mudra to aid Asthma medication. Asthma mudra will induce healing and will relieve Asthma in long run. Practice it for 5 minutes four to five times in a day.
Asthmatics should take care of their diet. Asthmatic symptoms like wheezing are prominent between 2am to 4am. It is advisable to have light dinner. Consumption of meat should be minimal. Avoid chilled, sour and preservative rich foods. Pranayama specifically Anulom Vilom, Nadi Shodhan and Kapalbhati helps in total elimination of the disease. Asthma is often caused by allergens like dust and pollen. Allergy management is essential for Asthma patients. Homeopathic Bio Combination (BC-02) also helps a lot.
Close your eyes, think and repeat the following in your mind while doing Asthma mudra
“I am already healed. My lungs are healthy. My lungs are oxygenating my body. I am blessed”
Mahasirs Mudra – for relieving headache and tension
Pharmaceutical companies have made a fortune by selling medicines for headache. Headache is a common problem affecting one or the other you know. The cause of headache is accumulation of energy and charge in the head. Headache is common among the people having digestive problems (Constipation, Flatulence). Being glued to monitors, television, mobile devices for long accumulates tension in neck and eyes creating a trigger of headache. Change in weather and run down condition like sinusitis / allergic reaction also causes headache.
Mahasirs mudra balances energy in the head and relieves headache and tension. Mahasirs mudra decongests the frontal sinuses. Just join tips of thumb, index and middle finger. The tip of the ring finger will rest at the root of the thumb. The little finger remains extended. Practice this mudra for 5-6 minutes with both the hands and see the magic.
Joint mudra reduces excess vata and dryness in the joints. It restores energy and heals the wearied out ligaments/tendons/muscles at and around the joints. Joint mudra can be applied to counter sore joints. A large population is involved in desk jobs and spends a large part of their day sitting in front of computer screens. This leads to stiffness and soreness in elbows, wrist, fingers and knees. Joint mudra helps by restoring the energy and space element in the joints. It reduces pain and facilitates movement.
Joint mudra is a blessing for old people and for individuals crossing their mid 40s. They should make it a habit.
To do Joint mudra you need to connect thumb and ring finger of your right hand (form Prithvi mudra); and thumb and middle finger of your left hand (form Akash mudra).
You can do it for 15 minutes twice a day. People or elders suffering from chronic joints pain should do it for 30 minutes thrice a day.
Tip: For chronic joints pain, gently massage Mahanarayan oil (an ayurvedic formulation) on the affected joint. Use Sesame oil if Mahanarayan oil is not available in your country/region. Cover the joints with thick cloth or crepe bandage to let the muscles absorb heat and medicinal effect of the oil.
Affirmation: Close your eyes and visualize yourself doing all the tasks with flexibility and dexterity.
Gyan mudra is a well known mudra in Hatha Yoga and across spiritual traditions. The mudra is formed by joining tips of index finger and thumb. The connection of index finger and thumb symbolize elated consciousness. The circle formed by joining thumb and index finger portrays the ultimate goal of yoga. Unify consciousness into zero or infinite. The three extended fingers represent sattva, rajas and tamas gunas.
Gyan mudra is a remedy for mental disorders, insomnia, high blood pressure and depression. Gyan mudra enhances memory and improves concentration.
Gyan mudra has a multiplying effect when performed in a meditative pose. The mudra can be practiced from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
Detoxification Mudra – mudra for elimination of toxins from the body
Every individual should undertake a detoxification treatment at least twice a year. The ideal time is during the conjunction of seasons. Spring time and early autumn is the best time to plan for detoxification. You can mark four to seven days for detoxification. What you can do in this period is take enema for cleansing of intestine. Alternate Oil (Balinese, Ayurveda) massage and Dry (Thai) massage at a good Spa helps in elimination of stiffness and vatta (element) from the body. Your diet should include soup of boiled vegetables, porridge and lot of fresh fruits. Take adequate rest and meditate to release grudges and bad memories. Light incense sticks or heat up aroma oil to freshen the surroundings.
Use Detoxification mudra as an aid for complete release of toxins. This mudra cleanses the earth element in the body. Hold your thumb on the inner edge of the ring finger as indicated in the pictorial. Do it with both hands.
Do this mudra only during the marked period for 10 to 20 minutes at a stretch. Visualize that you are being reborn.
Chandrakala Mudra – mudra for detoxifying Lungs and large Intestine
Chandrakala Mudra is a mudra used in Indian dance forms. The mudra, additionally, has several health benefits. Holding this mudra for 10 to 15 minutes either in morning or evening relieves lungs and large intestine of accumulated debris, which is in form of cough in the lungs and undigested (fermenting) food in the large intestine. It is very helpful for people suffering from Asthma and chronic Constipation.
To do Chandrakala mudra, you have to extend index finger and thumb as indicated. The thumb and index finger will be perpendicular to each other. The other fingers will fold into the palm.
Affirmation: I am being cleansed. In next few minutes, I will be pure, refreshed and energized
Pralamba Mudra – mudra for treating anxiety and improving cardiovascular health
Pralamba means the offering. Pralamba mudra is practiced during incantation and meditation. This mudra projects the prayers in the universe. Let peace and happiness fill the universe.
To do Pralamba mudra, you need to sit in a comfortable position. Spine should be erect. Join the tips of thumbs. The palms will be in front of the abdomen with palms facing down. The remaining fingers will be collected as indicated in the picture. Let your whole body be relaxed.
Pralamba mudra builds devotion. It soothes the blood flow and strengthens the cardiovascular system. This mudra reduces the blood pressure and relaxes excited nerves thereby treating anxiety. This mudra opens the heart and makes you a generous person.
Affirmation: I am relaxed. I am devoted. I am peace.
Pushan mudra – mudra for digestion and for relieving nausea / sea sickness
Pushan, in vedic tradition, is a solar deity and is referred to as god of meeting. The mudra represents the gesture of acceptance as well as giving. Pushan mudra helps in digestion by absorption of food and detoxification by elimination of waste from the body. This mudra affects the solar plexus and all the organs around solar plexus. It can be done immediately after taking meals. It has a remedial effect during nausea and seasickness.
Right Hand: Join the tips of index and middle finger with thumb. Left Hand: Join the tips of middle and ring finger with thumb (Apana mudra)
The mudra can be practiced for 5 minutes as a remedy or when you are experiencing fullness in the stomach.
Apana governs the pelvis and abdomen and controls the eliminative functions of the body. The body eliminates the toxins through various methods. The release of carbon dioxide from lungs, cough and mucous from organs of respiration, perspiration from skin, excretion through intestine, urination through kidneys and menstruation through hormonal cycle in females. Apana mudra helps by accelerating elimination. Place the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger together and extend the other fingers. Do it with both hands. The best time to do Apana Mudra is early morning immediately after you wake up. Practice it for 15 minute either sitting or on toilet seat. It helps in easy excretion, clears frontal sinus and removes phlegm from lungs. The mudra gives us patience, serenity, confidence, inner balance, and harmony.
Regular practice will make your skin radiant, pigmentation will get diminished and eyes will shine like a gem.
Caution: People suffering from diarrhea, dysentery or cholera should never attempt this mudra. Old people with weak stomach and liver should do it for maximum of 10 minutes.