“Tse”, “Ushas”, and “Hakini” are three powerful mudras for intelligence, depression, mood, anxiety, concentration, memory, and other aspects of your brain.
Now let’s take a look at some of the best mudras for the mind.
Looking for the best mudra for concentration and memory? Hakini mudra is number one.
Hakini gets its name from Sanskrit. Roughly translated: Hakini means “rule” or “power”. Mudra means “seal” or “gesture”. Therefore: Hakini mudra means “Power gesture”. It is one of the best mudras for concentration and memory and will boost overall mind power.
The Hakini Mudra is one of the easiest yoga hand gestures to use. Simply follow these steps:
- Face your palms towards each other, holding your hands up in front of you like you would in prayer. There should be a slight space between the fingers.
- Turn all the fingertips of both hands, so they touch the fingertips of the other hand.
- Focus your gaze towards your Third Eye Chakra
- Inhale and move your tongue so that it is touching the roof of your mouth
- Continue for ten minutes.
- Enhances memory
- Improve concentration
- Heightens the coordination between the two hemispheres of the brain
- Promotes calmness
- Promotes clarity of perception and thinking
The Ushas mudra is a simple yoga gesture that energises you. I recommend you use this one when you feel tired, and when you want to be productive.
This one is very simple. 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 of me below shows the correct hand position.
The Ushas mudra benefits you by opening your chakras. It raises energy levels in the second chakra, the sacral chakra, which is the chakra for creativity and sexuality. This energy is essential for happiness and mental alertness. It gives you that “get up and go” attitude.
When you use this mudra, the chakra Svadhisthana opens and releases its energy. This wakes you up, harmonises your hormonal system, refreshes you, and makes you more alert.
So, the main benefit of Ushas mudra is that it energises and invigorates you.
Because of the effect it has on the chakras, you will find that it boosts your energy levels and stops you from feeling tired. So, you might like to use it in the morning.
Wake up, put your hands behind your head in the mudra, and stay there for ten minutes while breathing deeply and meditating on your breathing. You will wake up with positive energy.
There are several ways to make the Ushas mudra more effective.
1: While using the hand gesture, inhale deeply and welcome fresh energy into your body. This will make it 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 Tse mudra is one of the best mudras for depression and stress.
Science has proven that hand positions can have a substantial impact on mental health. The hands act as a mirror for the body and 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 mudra for depression is Tse Mudra. This hand position reactivates the areas of the brain corresponding to happiness. In doing so, it naturally cures depression.
We asked neuroscientist Donald Roland to explain precisely how it works. “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 wonderful place to start,” says Roland. “It is a Taoist method practised by monks. It affects the water element in the body, increases magnetism, develops cognition, and sharpens intuition.”
- 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. 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 focusing 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.
The best mudra to try alongside this one is Anjali mudra
These hand gestures heal the mind and help to improve mood. They reduce the risk of depression, anxiety and stress, and also help with blood pressure.
Use them once a week each for the best results.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations.