It’s been scientifically proven that mudra hand positions used in Hinduism, yoga and Buddhism can significantly boost your health and even cure diseases.
Yes. They can cure diseases.
Easterners have been using these mudras for thousands of years for alternative medicine.
It’s time we over here in the West embraced the power of spiritual healing.
There are hundreds of different mudras (108 in Tantric rituals + mudras in dance + over 250 mudras in Mohiniattam and 200+ in Bharatanatam).
These mudras have been used for thousands of years, unlike medication. Medications are being invented today. And many of them haven’t even been properly tested.
That’s right. Many medications have not been tested properly. Just think about the last time you saw a news story about a medication being recalled because it caused death or illness.
No mudra has even been “recalled.” Why? Because for four thousand years they’ve consistently healed people and made people healthy inside and out.
As I said just a sec ago, there are over 510 mudras.
But there are 10 hand mudras in particular that are huge for weight loss, fitness, and health.
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Top 10 mudras for health benefits
- You will also want to use mantras for healing.
Jnana And Gyan Mudra: For insomnia, depression and anxiety
The best mudra for insomnia is Jnana, which also helps with anxiety and depression.
The Gyan Mudra is performed by touching the tip of the index finger to the tip of the tumb and having the remaining three fingers held straight out.
The Gyan mudra enhances your ability to use knowledge. And it is the best mudras for insomnia.
The thumb’s tip relates to the energy of the endocrine and pituitary glands.
By using this mudra for ten minutes you will activate these glands.
This improves memory and helps to enhance the brain. It heightens attention and cures insomnia. It is a helpful mudra when you’re feeling anxious or depressed.
Meaning of Jnana Mudra
As with all mudras, the specific hand position of the Jnana mudra is very important.
The hand position communicates the meaning of the mudra.
The fingers and parts of the hand represent different emotions and different parts of the mind. When performing a mudra, the position of the hand and fingers influences the mind of the practitioner.
Take a look at the top.
This mudra has the thumb and index finger held together.
This is very important.
The thumb is the physical representation of Brahman, the supreme reality. The forefinger is the representation of the god and of the individual soul, and also of Jiva, the inner reality.
When we bring the thumb and forefinger together in the Jnana mudra we show the bond of Grahman with Jiva, the linking of the inner and outer worlds.
The remaining three fingers are the representation of the Gunas of nature.
- The little finger is Tama, which is confusion, inertia and dullness.
- The ring finger is Rajas, which is movement and passion.
- The middle finger is Sattva Guna, which is purity and light.
In order to ascend to supreme reality the three gunas must be transcended.
Therefore, this mudra can be said as the representation of transcending the Gunas to bridge the inner and outer worlds and ascend to supreme reality.
So what’s it mean?
The Jnana Mudra is a representation of the letting go of ego.
The index finger represents the ego, while the thumb represents universal spirit.
Thus, by holding the index finger down under the thumb, it is as though we are saying “The universal spirit is greater than the ego.”
How To Do Jnana Mudra
It is easy to make the Jnana Mudra / Gyan.
- Hold your hand out straight with the palm facing upwards.
- Curl your index finger to meet your thumb.
- Lightly push the index finger down with the thumb.
- Hold your other fingers straight.
- Hold this position for 10 minutes.
Benefits of Gyan Mudra:
- It is a natural cure for insomnia
- It develops the creative brain
- It improves memory
- Enhances spirituality
- Regulates air flow
- Creates a calm and stable mind.
Practiced Gyan mudra?
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Prithvi Mudra—Earth Mudra—For weight gain and musco-skeletal problems
The Prithvi Mudra is performed by touching the tip of the ring finger to the tip of thumb, with the other fingers pointing straight out.
The Prithvi Mudra helps to cure musco-skeletal problems. This helps with gaining weight and also helps to cure skin problems and to give the skin a healthy and beautiful glow.
The mudra is also called:
- Agni-shamak mudra.
- Prithvi-vardhak mudra
Let’s take a look at the meaning and benefits of this mudra.
Prithvi Mudra Meaning
The Prithvhi mudra is a symbolic gesture that is seen in Ayurveda and yoga. It literally means “The vast one” and is the name for Earth.
As you can tell from the name, this mudra increases the earth element, which helps with healing the body. For this reason, the Prithvi mudra is great for curing diseases (see below).
When this mudra is used for spriritual development it enhanced the root chakra (muladhara) and this improves mood and stability of mind.
Try the technique now. All you do is…
- Find a quiet, peaceful place to sit.
- Sit down with good posture, either in the Easy Pose or in Lotus Pose, or while standing.
- Curl the ring finger so that its tip touches the tip of the thumb. The remaining fingers should be pointing straight.
- Hold this position while meditating for ten to twenty minutes. Try it now.
- Use this technique once a day for 30 – 40 minutes.
The many amazing benefits of the Prithvi mudra
- Balances the elements in the body
- Strengthens the body.
- Prevents fatigue
- Opens the mind
- Is great for weight loss
- Builds self confidence
- Boosts spirituality.
Prithvhi can help cure these problems:
(Red my guide to healing mudras to find a cure for health problems.)
Here are the problems this mudra can cure:
- Degeneration of articular cartilage
- Unwanted weight loss
- Weakness atrophied muscles
- Muscular weakness
- Brittle nails
- Dry, cracked, burning, mature skin
- Burning sensation of urinating
- Burning in anus,
- Burning in hands, feet, and head
- air loss
- Premature grey hair
- Burning in eyes
- Chronic fatigue
- Inflammatory diseases
Varuna Mudra – Water Mudra—For blood and muscles
The Varuna mudra is performed by touching the tip of the little finger to the tip of the thumb with the remaining three fingers being held out straight.
The Varuna Mudra / Water mudra balances water and helps to prevent dehydration. This is helpful in balancing the blood stream and helps with muscle shrinkage and Gastroenteritis.
Vayu Mudra / Air Mudra—For Arthritis, Gout, rheumatism, Parkinson’s disease and paralysis.
The Vayu Mudra / Air Mudra is performed by placing the index finger underneath the thumb so the tip of the index finger touches the base of the thumb. Hold the other fingers out straight.
The Vayu Mudra / air Mudra balances the air element and helps with relieving arthritis, gout, rheumatism, Parkinson’s disease and paralysis.
Vayu Mudra Technique
- To perform the Mudra follow these steps:
- Curl the index fingers so that the tips press into the mound of the thumb
- Curl the thumbs lightly so they apply a little pressure onto the index fingers
- Hold the remaining fingers straight
- Meditate while holding this position for ten minutes. Try it now.
Vayu Mudra Benefits
- The most important benefit is that it will regulate air in the body. This air flow regulation becomes a natural treatment for flatulence, sciatica, gout, arthritis and rheumatism.
- The Mudra is of benefit to those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease as it helps control tremors.
- Practicing the Mudra after eating helps digestion.
Shunya Mudra / Emptyness Mudra
The Shunya Mudra / Emptyness Mudra is performed by placing the third finger underneath the thumb, the tip of the third finger touching the base of the thumb. The other fingers are held straight.
The Shunya Mudra / Emptyness Mudra helps to sharpen your mind. It is best practiced for 40 – 60 minutes at a time. Use this mudra to cure earache ear infections.
Surya Mudra / Sun Mudra
The Surya Mudra / Sun Mudra is performed by placing the fourth finger underneath the thumb so the tip of the fourth finger touches the base of the thumb. The other fingers are held out straight.
The Surya Mudra / Sun Mudra is best performed for 10 -15 minutes. It helps with weight loss and also reduces anxiety.
Here’s more on using Surya for beautiful skin and hair.
Prana Mudra / Life Mudra
The Prana Mudra / Life Mudra is performed by pressing the tips of the ring finger and little finger to the tip of the thumb. The remaining fingers are held out straight.
The Prana Mudra / Life Mudra improves strength and mobility, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and helps with getting you active. It also boosts the immune system and helps sight.
Prana Mudra Instructions.
- Simply follow these Prana Mudra steps to use the technique:
- Sit in a comfortable meditative posture such as the Lotus Pose, or while standing. Make sure you have good posture and are relaxed.
- Close your eyes and focus your mind on your breath
- Hold your hands up at your sides. Hold your second and third finger straight. Bed the fourth and fifth fingers to touch the tip of your thumb.
- Holding this hand position, take a moment to feel chi running through you.
- Continue this meditation for fifteen minutes. Try it now.
Prana mudra benefits
- Creates energy in your body
- Centres your mind
- Boosts your immune system
- Is a natural way of relaxing the mind and helping to treat anxiety and depression.
Apana Mudra / Digestion Mudra
The Apana Mudra is performed by pressing the tips of the ring finger and middle finger to the tip of the thumb. The other fingers are held out straight.
The Apana Mudra is the best mudra for helping digestion. Practice it for 45 minutes a day and it will help regulate blood sugar, relieve constipation, gastroenteritis and IBS.
The Vayu Mudra / Heart Mudra is performed by pressing the tips of the ring and fourth finger to the tip of the thumb and curling the index finger over to press the base of the thumb while the little finger is stretched out. Practice this mudra for ten minutes at a time and it will help with the wellbeing of your heart. It regulates palpitations and helps digestion.
Here’s more on using Apana mudra to detoxify and energise
Linga Mudra: Heat Mudra
To perform the Linga mudra, interlock the finger of both hands. Now hold the thumb of the left hand straight up and wrap the index finger and thumb of the right hand around it. Practicing the Linga Mudra for ten minutes will produce heat in the body and will assist the lungs and relieve phlegm. It can help to cure colds and fevers and is a great help with bronchial infections.
We recommend trying all the mudras and learning the benefits of each. That way you know them when you need them.
Of course, we can also use meditation for pain relief.
Linga Mudra Technique Steps
- You may use the Linga Mudra while sitting or standing
- Intertwine the fingers of your hands and hold the hands in front of the body
- Point your left thumb upwards and wrap the index finger and thumb of your right hand around it.
- Hold for 10 minutes. Try it now.
Linga Mudra Benefits
The Linga Mudra benefits practitioners by:
- Increasing body temperature
- Improving the immune system and making us less susceptible to infection
- Improves respiratory system
Khechari Mudra also goes by the name “Tongue Swallowing” because it requires the practitioner to turn their tongue upwards, inside their mouse, moving it into the nasal cavity.
Why would you want to do that?
It is believed that by practicing the khechari mudra we access the sensitive organs in the roof of the mouth, organs which many religions believe to be very important to the flow of prana.
Daoism teaches that saliva is a vital substance. Increasing the flow of saliva can have a tremendous affect on the body. Read this guide to Taoist techniques to learn more.
So Khechari mudra stimulates the cavities in the mouth and, er, helps to get stuff flowing. But it also does much more (see “Benefits” below).
The Meaning of the Khechari Mudra
The Khechari mudra has various names. It is also called the Khecari mudra, Kecharimudra, which translates from Sanskrit to mean “Seal.”
The importance of the khechari mudra is as a part of the spiritual awakening process leading to enlightenment.
In the Pali canon the Buddha describes the Khechari mudra as the pressing of the tongue against the palate. It is said that this mudra helps to control hunger.
In the Kecarividya, one of the hathayoga texts, it is stated that the khechari mudra provides access to the amrita which is stored inside the head. This helps to flow amarita into the body.
The Mālinīvijayottaratantra, a tantric Saiva, states that if the practitioner begins to experience a taste like iron then they must spit it out. Eventually the liquid will become sweet, at which point it should be swallowed.
Many yoga texts state that the khechari mudra position and technique helps with the flow of prana around the body.
Khechari Mudra Benefits
The Khechari mudra is one of the most important mudras for increasing the flow of prana around the body and should be used regularly by yoga practitioners.
- Frees the mind from negative emotions (anger, hate, attachment, etc.)
- Improves vocal tone
- Brightens the face, making us more attractive
- Reduces abdominal fat
- Increases vitality
- Makes eyes sparkles
- Boosts prana flow
- Stimulates saliva
How to do khechari mudra
- Roll the tongue, pointing it backwards inside the mouth such that the tip of your tongue touches the uvula (at the very back of the mouth).
- It is important that the tongue be placed in position without it becoming stiff and without the practitioner feeling any sort of tension (as with most mudras). Therefore, it is imperative that the practitioner only position the tongue as far back as it will go without any sort of stiffening or tightening of the tongue.
- The nasal cavity is above the soft palate. Roll your tongue so that it enters this area.
- Inhale while snorting at the back of the throat. Breathe out.
- As you gently release the mudra swallow saliva.
You may find it difficult to reach the specific areas of the mouth described in the instructions above. However, through routine practice you will gain more flexibility and be able to complete the Khechari Mudra.
Practice the mudra in the early morning. Be sure to speak with a healthcare professional before beginning use of this mudra.
Surabhi Mudra For Energy And Inner Peace
With the Surabhi mudra energy will flow freely through your body and mind and you will feel the prana within yourself. Why not try the Surabhi mudra today.
The Surabhi Mudra is another gesture which is popular in Yoga courses. It is used to improve the movement of energy / prana within ourselves.
Surabhi Mudra Technique Steps
The Surabhi Mudra is a somewhat complicated mudra, so be sure to follow these steps slowly and carefully.
- Bring the tips of the index finger of one hand to touch the tip of the middle finger of the other hand. Do this for both hands.
- Bring the ring finger of one hand to meet the tip of the little finger of the other hand. Do this for both hands.
- Touch your thumbs together gently. This is the Surabhi Mudra.
- It is recommended that you hold this Mura for 30 – 40 minutes. Try it now.
- Surabhi Mudra Benefits
- Yogis consider the Surabhi Mudra to be one of the most powerful mudras of all.
- The mudra stimulate the energy of all elements
- It creates inner calm and peace
- It improves concentration
- It improves digestion
The Chin Mudra / Gyan Mudra is a yogic mudra that represents wisdom, knowledge and the unification of consciousness. One of the most important mudras when learning meditation, there are many a great many benefits of the chin mudra.
The Chin Mudra Position
- Join your forefingers and thumbs together to create a circle. Hold the nail of the finger lightly to the thumb’s soft pad.
- The remaining three fingers should be extended with the palm facing upwards.
- When this pose is used with the palms facing downwards it become the jhana mudra.
- Try meditating with the mudra with your hands on your knees. Try it now and notice how it feels. This meditation position stimulates Nadi.
There are many great benefits of the mudra, some of which you will feel as you try the mudra now. The Gyan mudra benefits include:
- Energy creation and maintenance. The mudra redirect prana in the body.
- The Chin mudra increases focus.
- Improved sleep
- Improved stamina and energy
- Helps to eliminate common pains.
- Helps to relax and is a natural way of beating stress.
- Can help with depression and anxiety by removing stress.
The Maha mudra is one of the mudras used in Hatha Yoga. It is used to increase control of the sexual organs (much like the Vajroli Thunderbolt mudra).
It is considered essential that the yogi practice maha mudra in order to release the Kundalini energy dormant at the base of the spine and to achieve siddhi (spiritual powers).
When we do maha mudra we use the heal to apply pressure to the perineum (area between scrotum and anus). This area is important to sexual functioning. This also activates Muladhara Chakra (root chakra), which is associate with the earth element and which helps us to feel grounded in life.
While in this position we are also in Jalandhara Bandha (with the throat compressed) which is helpful for activating the Vishuddha Chakra. This forces air to be drawn from outside and carried down. This straightens Sushunma, heightening the passage of prana.
To practice maha mudra properly we incorporate pranayama, which may be done via alternatve nostril breathing.
The overall effect of this is that it activates the energy of the akasha. This awakens kundalini energy which travels through Sushumna Nadi (a channel through which prana passes). The energy travels up the spine, transforming lower energy into spiritual energy.
The result is enhances sexual functioning and the awakening of kundalini.
- Before using this one read my guide to the chakras.
Maha Mudra Instructions
- Both hands are place flat on the mat next to the buttocks.
- Bring the shoulders back, thus opening the chest. At the same time, reach the crown of the head up and press the hands down.
- Breathe in deeply. Move the right foot up so that it comes inside the left thigh. Move the knee down as you exhale.
- Take another breath in and raise your arms over your head while gazing at your fingers. At the same time engage the Mula Bandha.
- Exhale. Gently roll forward with a straight back and move your arms downwards so you can hold your feet.
- Breathe in again, let go of Bandhas, release your feet, raise your arms upwards as you inhale and bring them to your side.
Maha Mudra Benefits
- The Maha Mudra strengthens and lengthens the spine and tones the legs, thighs and buttocks.
- Helps digestion.
- Builds confidence
- Tones uterus and ovaries
- Improve the immune system
- Creates energy
- In the texts it is said that this mudra will lead us to great success.
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Qi Gong Healing Mudras
In addition to our extensive coverage of mudras in this online meditation course I would like to briefly share a Qi Gong mudra which is a very powerful way of controlling the emotions. This mudra for healing is a powerful way of naturally treating depression and anxiety and helping with other emotional problems.
In Qi Gong, the fingers are seen as representing organs of the body, emotions and elements. Inside the fingers are many acupuncture points (four on each side of each finger).
By pressing the side of the fingers you can positively alter the balance of the elements, emotions and organs.
Here’s how each of the fingers ties-in with the elements, emotions and organs.
The Littler Finger: This represents the water element, fear and the kidneys. If you try squeezing your little finger a few times now you will feel a calming effect.
The ring finger represents wood, the liver, nervous system, bladder and anger. Try squeezing the ring finger and you will diminishes any anger.
The middle finger is fire, the small intestine, respiratory system and circulatory system. This finger corresponds with the emotions of haste and impatients. Squeeze the finger a few times now and notice how it makes you feel more relaxed and less rushed.
The index finger corresponds with the element of metal, the large intestine, lungs and with the emotions of grief and depression. Try squeezing the index finger a few times and you will feel happier.
The thumb: The thumb is earth, the stomach and worry. Squeeze your thumb a few times and you will stop worrying.
Use this Qi Gong mudra technique to natural treat any emotional complications. It works!
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Complement these with these top 7 Buddhist mudras.
These mudra hand gestures are immensely potent. They are the best mudras for health benefits. You might as well start using them today, right?
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