Yoga is an extremely beneficial process for the body, since it blends meditative energies and physical work out. So, you are losing weight, keeping your body in shape, as well as handling your mental well-being with perfection.
Hand-postures are called ‘mudra’, and you could use them to achieve various ends. In fact, they are deeply rooted in our mythology and the ancient scripts. If this does not convince you of their validity, then I don’t know what will. I know it sounds too easy, and far-fetched, but try it to find out the miraculous benefits for your own self.
Here are 8 ‘mudra’s you can use to heal your mind:
1. GYAN MUDRA: MUDRA OF KNOWLEDGE
This serves to aid our ability to remember things, and focus-span. It affects the glands that help us sleep, and you will no longer have to stay awake at 4 a.m staring at the blank ceiling. For this, you need to join the tips of the index finger and your thumb. The rest of the fingers need to be splayed. There isn’t a specific time for this practice, but remember to do this whenever you’re undertaking a cumbersome chore.
2. VAYU MUDRA: MUDRA OF AIR
If you suffering from Parkinson’s disease, chronic rheumatic conditions, gout, cervical spondylitis and arthritis, this will help to alleviate all of that. You need to bend your index finger in a manner where the thumb touches its distal phalanx. This will stress that area lightly. The rest of the fingers need to be splayed just like the previous exercise. It can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach.
3. PRITHVI MUDRA: MUDRA OF EARTH
This is for the times when you are feeling stressed out and exhausted. It helps in aiding the blood circulating in your body, and helps the system digest food better. Touch the tip of the thumb and ring-finger together. The rest of the fingers need to be splayed out, as you already know by now. You should ideally do this at dawn, but it’s okay if you don’t stick to this requirement.
4. AGNI MUDRA: MUDRA OF FIRE
It stimulates the thyroid gland, and if you have problems with weight, this can help with that too. It also supplements your digestive capabilities, and calms your anxiety. Slant your ring finger, so that the thumb is in contact with the second phalanx. Stretch out the rest of the fingers. This should ideally be performed while you’re sitting, without having eaten anything, early in the day.
5. VARUN MUDRA: MUDRA OF WATER
It helps in the fluid-circulation of our bodies. The tips of the little finger and thumb should be slightly in contact, while the other fingers remain vertical. To avoid accidental dehydration, do not touch it near the nail. You should be sitting while performing this, at any given point of your day.
6. SHUNYA MUDRA: MUDRA OF EMPTINESS
This can aid in your hearing capabilities. If you suffer from pain in that region, it will alleviate that as well. Slant your middle finger and connect the distal phalanx with the thumb’s base. Stretch the other fingers wide out. A fair bit of focus is required for this exercise to work.
7. PRANA MUDRA – MUDRA OF LIFE
This deals with the energies of the body. It balances the aura you emit, and consequently helps in filtering out the negativity that you absorb. Mudra of Life revitalizes the body and improves its immunity. It is good for insomnia and eyesight problems. The tip of the thumb should be touching the tip of the little and ring fingers. Keep the rest vertical. This exercise is suited to any point of the day, but be regular with it.
8. APANU VAYA MUDRA – MUDRA OF THE HEART
It strengthens the processes of your heart. Obviously, it means lower risks of heart attacks or other cardiovascular diseases. The tips of the ring and the middle fingers need to be in contact, with only the basic minimum stressing involved. This must be repeated as often as you possibly can for the best benefits. If you already suffer from cardiovascular diseases, practice this for at least fifteen minutes.