I Tried 7 Yoga Mudras And The Benefits Were Amazing
I Tried 7 Yoga Mudras And The Benefits Were Amazing
Yoga teacher holding hands in a yoga mudra position

In my Huge Mudra List I shared every single hand mudra and explained how they work. Today I’d like to share with you my favorite yoga mudras, how you can use them, their benefits, and the effects I personally experience when I use them. I recommend opening that previous link because it contains images and guides for all the mudras I’m about to discuss.

As a meditation teacher lots of people ask my how to go further in meditation and how to get more out of it. One of the best ways to get more from your meditation practice is by using yoga mudras.

You might have heard yoga mudras being discussed in your yoga class. Your yoga teacher might one a meditation or pranayama session and showed you a mudra or two to use. And you might have wondered just what a yoga mudra is and how you can use them.

They aren’t just used in yoga, either. There are also some very powerful Buddhist mudras you should try.

So what is a yoga mudra?

The Sanskrit word “mudra” means “Closure” or “Seal”. They are basically hand gestures that are created by putting your hands and fingers into different positions. Different parts of your hand correlate to different regions of the brain and body, so when you put you make a mudra you stimulate those regions. And that’s how mudras help your health [READ: Top 10 Health Mudras]

You can read all about how mudras work in my big list of mudras (the link is at the beginning of this article).

Let me share with you my favorite yoga mudras and the effects they have. But let’s have fun with this. I’m going to lead you through a meditation that involves 10 yoga mudras.

 

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Try these 10 yoga mudras and you’ll feel amazing!

I’m going to show you my favorite yoga mudras. But I want you to feel peace, love and happiness too. So, let’s do this as a meditation. Are you with me?

Start by taking ten deep relaxing breaths to still your mind. Now begin to work through each of these yoga mudras slowly, taking 15 breaths on each one.

1: Anjali Mudra

 Anjali Mudra is probably the most recognisable yoga mudra in the world. It is the same gesture that is used for prayer. It’s very easy to perform. You simply place your palms together in front of your heart.

Anjali Mudra shows respect and honor towards the universe. When I use this yoga mudra I immediately feel a sense of inner peace and I am aware of the beauty of the universe.  

Take 15 breaths while holding this yoga mudra. You can learn more about this in my article about Anjali mudra.

 

2: Surya Ravi Mudra

The Surya Mudra and mantra are great ways to stimulate the earth and fire elements, and they can help to improve your skin and hair. They also bring renewed energy into your being and help with inner balance.

To make this mudra, hold your fingers out straight. Now bring the tips of your thumbs and forefingers together.

When I perform this mudra I feel a very positive energy that helps me to get into my flow state.

 

3: Surya Ravi Mudra

The Surya Mudra and mantra are great ways to stimulate the earth and fire elements, and they can help to improve your skin and hair. They also bring renewed energy into your being and help with inner balance.

To make this mudra, hold your fingers out straight. Now bring the tips of your thumbs and forefingers together.

When I perform this mudra I feel a very positive energy that helps me to get into my flow state. 

2: Gyana Mudra

Another very famous yoga mudra is the Gyana Mudra. There’s a good chance you’ve used this mudra in yoga class before.

To do it, place the tip of the thumb against your index finger and hold the other three fingers together, lightly stretching outwards. Now take 15 breaths while holding this mudra.

This yoga mudra stimulates the fire and air elements and makes us feel one with the universe. Benefits of Gyana mudra include: creativity, concentration and wisdom.

 When I perform Gyana mudra I feel very balanced and Zen. Take a moment to feel these sensations.

 

3: Shuni Mudra

To perform Shuni mudra, hold all your fingers out straight, then bring your thumb and middle finger together so that their tips touch. This mudra stimulates the fire element and improves concentration. The mudra symbolises discipline and patience.

When I perform Shuni mudra I feel inner stillness and self control. It’s a great mudra for when you want to feel more grounded and stable.  

 

 

4: Dhyana Mudra

You may have heard about the powerful meditation technique called Dhyana Meditation.

Going hand-in-hand with Dhyana meditation is the yoga mudra Dhyana Mudra. This is a great mudra for developing contemplation and when you need to reflect on something.

To perform this mudra, put your hands on your lap with both palms facing upwards. Place your left hand below the right hand with the thumbs touching.

This is one of the best yoga mudras for relaxation and is perfect for when you want to go deep in meditation. Try taking fifteen breaths while holding this mudra.

I love to use this mudra when I need deep inner peace. It really makes you feel still and calm.

  

5: Prana Mudra

 The prana mudra, of course, related to prana energy. It is a great mudra for increasing energy levels. It’s simple to perform. Just place the tips of your thumb, ring finger and little finger together. This stimulates your prana and will help you to feel energised and motivated.

When I use this mudra, I feel my energy coming together and I am more able to power through the things I need to do.

 

6: Buddhi Mudra

The Buddhi mudra is one of the best yoga mudra for increasing your intuition.

To perform this mudra, hold the tips of your little finger and thumb together. This stimulates the water and fire elements and improves communication and intuition.  It will also help you to find your inner wisdom.

When I perform Buddhia mudra I feel a lot more grounded and I find it helps me to clear my mind.

 

7: Apan Mudra

This is a mudra with a lot of different health benefits. You can read my guide to Apan Mudra for complete details on this one.

Some of the benefits of this yoga mudra include relief from piles, constipation, diabetes and kidney problems. If you have heart or stomach problems it will help. It eliminates toxins to help restore purity to the body.    

Read the link above for details on how to perform this yoga mudra.

 

Those Are My Best Yoga Mudras 

Those are the best mudras from yoga. Try each of them now and notice how they make you feel. I love mixing up my mudras and using the specific ones that offer the benefit I need. For instance, when I want to feel deep inner peace I will use the Dhyana Mudra. And when I want to feel gratitude I will go for the Anjali mudra.

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Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential.

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