There are specific hand mudras for the mind and the brain that can massively improve mental health and boost your intelligence.
Mudras like the Tse mudra, Hakini mudra, and Usahs mudra can stop stress, anxiety and depression, give you more energy, and lift your mood.
Now let’s take a look at some of the best mudras for the mind.
Ushas Mudra for Energy
Today I would like to discuss the Ushas mudra. It’s a very easy and healthy way to boost your energy. And it only takes ten minutes.
In this guide I’ll discuss the steps of the Ushas murda, the benefits that the mudra offers, and how and when you should use the Ushas mudra in your everyday life.
If you have read my Ultimate Guide To The Mudras, you will know that mudras are specific hand positions that are used in yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Different mudras offer different benefits. Some make you happy. Some help you focus. Some help with health problems. And so on.
I personally use mudra everyday and find them to be a wonderful addition to spiritual practice.
One of the best mudras is the Ushas mudra. This is a simple mudra that raises energy. So it’s good to use it anytime you’re feeling tired.
Ushas mudra Steps
As I mentioned, the Ushas mudra is a very simple mudra. In fact, there are only three steps to doing it.
- Clasp your fingers so your right thumb is above the left.
- The right thumb should be pushing on the left thumb gently
- Women should adjust the position ever so slightly so that the right thumb is between the left thumb and index finger.
- Hold this position for 15 minutes.
The photo at the top of the page shows the correct hand position for the Ushas mudra.
Ushas Mudra Benefits
This mudra is excellent for the chakras (Read: Chakra Dhyana Meditation).
The Ushas mudra is used for activating energy in the second chakra.
The second chakra, the sacral chakra, is the center of creativity and sexuality. There is energy in the chakra that is vital for pleasure, mental alertness and for producing that “get up and go” attitude.
When you use the Ushas mudra you activate the energy in your second chakra and release that energy into the energy centres above it. This wakes you up, harmonises your hormonal system, refreshes you, and makes you more alert.
So, the main benefit of the usha mudra is that it energises and invigorates you.
Because the Ushas mudra energises you, it’s a great “go-to” mudra when you’re feeling tired.
Naturally, one of the best times to use the Ushas mudra is first thing in the morning.
Wake up, put your hands behind your head in the Ushas mudra, and stay there for ten minutes while breathing deeply and meditating on your breathing.
There are several ways to make the Ushas mudra more effective.
1. While using the Ushas mudra, inhale deeply and welcome fresh energy into your body. This will make the mudra even more energising.
2. Try this visualisation.
While doing the steps above, use this visualisation:
- Visualise yourself lying down under a rising sun.
- Imagine the golden sun rays caressing your body and warming you.
- Imagine that you are beginning to awaken.
- Feel the energy of the sun passing through your body, invigorating you.
- Breathe in that energy and let it course through your body.
- Recite the affirmation “I am full of energy and life”. Recite this affirmation 108 times.
The ushas mudra will boost your energy when you’re feeling lethargic.
Tse Mudra For Depression
The Tse mudra is a powerful hand gesture for stopping depression and stress.
In our huge guide to mudras we reveal how different mudras can help you to be happy and healthy.
Science has proven that hand positions can have a big impact on mental health.
The hands act as a mirror for the body and for the mind. Specific coordination of the hands and fingers leads to activation of specific regions of the brain . Therefore, by holding our hands and fingers in the correct position we can eliminate stress and depression.
The best hand position for depression is the Tse mudra.
This powerful mudra is known to reactive the areas of the brain corresponding to happiness. In doing so it naturally cures depression.
We asked neuroscientist Donald Roland to explain precisely how mudras work.
“The fingertips are associated with different parts of the brain,” says Roland. “Some areas of the brain control mood and emotion, so by using mudras that activate those areas you can help to control mood, stress and depression.”
So, what is the best hand mudra for depression?
“The Tse hand mudra is a great place to start,” says Roland. “The Tse mudra is a Taoist method practiced by monks. It affects the water element in the body, increases magnetism, develops mental ability, and sharpens intuition.”
How to do the Tse Mudra for Depression
- Sit in a relaxed position and focus your mind on your breathing or a few moments to relax.
- Look at the palm of your hands. Now, while looking at the palm, make your thumb touch the area at the base of the inside of the little finger of the same hand.
- Make a fist by rolling the four fingers of your hand over your thumb. Now focus your mind on your breath coming and going through your nose.
- While holding this position and focussing on your breathing repeat the sound Om. Pay attention to the sensation of the sound. Try to do seven Oms in one breath.
- Exhale and push your belly button towards the spine. Now open your hand and imagine the feeling of depression fading.
- Repeat this process for ten minutes.
- Read my guide to stopping depression with mindfulness.
The best mudras to try alongside this one are:
These two can massively help with stress, depression and anxiety and can promote calm and happiness.
Hakini Mudra For Memory And Concentration
Looking for a mudra that can do wonders for your mind?
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that your mind is one of the most important things in your life.
If your mind is in the right place, you can achieve anything. That’s why many of the most successful people in the world focus on getting their mindset right before anything else.
In THE DAILY MEDITATION’s ultimate guide to mudras we looked at many powerful mudras that can boost your mind in amazing ways. There are mudras that can make you more intelligence, mudras that make you happier, and mudras that help with spiritual development.
The Hakini mudra is a powerful mudra for boosting your focus and concentration.
Meaning of the Hakini Mudra
The Hakini mudra gets its name from Sanskrit.
- Hakini means “rule” or “power”.
- Mudra means “seal” or “gesture”.
- Therefore: Hakini mudrs mean “Power gesture”.
The power that the hakini mudra refers to is the power of the mind. When e practice the Hakini mudras we boost our mind power.
Hakini Mudra Technique Steps
The Hakini Mudra is one of the most easy yoga mudras to use. Simply follow these steps:
- Face your palms towards each other, holding your hands up in front of you.
- Turn all the fingertips of both hands so they touch the fingertips of the other hand.
- Focus your gaze towards your Thid Eye Chakra
- Inhale and move your tongue so that it is touching the roof of your mouth
- Continue for ten minutes.
Hakini Mudra Benefits
The Hakini Mudra’s benefits include the following:
- Enhances memory
- Improve concentration
- Heightens the coordination between the two hemispheres of the brain
- Promotes calmness
- Promotes clarity of perception and thinking
These mudras heal the mind and help to lift the mood. And at the same time they reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and stress, and also helps with blood pressure.
Use these mudras once a week each for best results.
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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. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation