The famous Kundalini Yoga expert, Lothar Rüdiger Lütge, thinks that every area of the hand forms a reflex zone for an associated part of the body and the brain. Which means that, in this way, we can consider the hands to be a mirror for our body and our mind. Lothar Rüdiger Lütge practiced kundalini yoga since antiquity in combination with pranayama, asana and meditation. He says that mudras or hand gestures is a practice to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
You should also know that our hands define our karma and fingers being the power points, are a link between individual Pranic force and universal cosmic energy. The subtle hand and finger movements make important connections in the nervous system and stimulate specific energy pathways or nadis.
Lothar Rüdiger Lütge also says that the human body is an amalgamation of 5 elements of nature – Earth, Air, Water, Space and Fire & each finger acts as a representative of one element. So, if you want to cure any disease, you can simply tap into the energy of the elements and rectify the imbalance with the practice of suitable mudras. Starting from the thumb, the fingers represent Fire, Air, Space, Earth and Water.
Note: you should also know that the mudras redirect the energy flow to the upper Chakras, and gradually establish a link between all the Koshas (layers) of the body. Just take a look at the 7 mudras, its benefits and duration for improving our mental, spiritual and physical health.
- Gyan (Knowledge) or Jnana Mudra:
Gyan is the mudra of knowledge or gesture of wisdom. This mudra activates the pineal gland, relaxes the mind and improves concentration. The Gyan mudra increases the vaayu (Air) Element within the body. In this mudra thumb represents brahma (Supreme reality) & the index finger is an individual soul, and their union creates eternal knowledge and wisdom.
Method:how to use this mudra – it’s very simple. Just gently join the tip of thumb and the index finger, while the other three fingers are simply stretched out or free & slightly bent.
Duration: the best thing about this mudra is that you can practice it anytime, during the day or while you are performing yoga postures or during meditation.
Benefits:this type of mudra increases concentration, memory, reduces sleep disorders, helps to release stress and anger, eases depression and headache.
- Vayu (air) Mudra:
This type of mudra is best type for the Vata body types and reduces any constrictions in the body due to excess air in the body. Vaayu mudra balances the air element within your body
Method:you should know that the Vayu mudra can be performed while sitting, standing or lying. Here’s what you need to do – just fold the index finger, you would be able to see the phalanx bones. Press the second phalanx bone with the tip of the thumb, and the tip of the index finger should touch the base of the thumb.
Duration:you can use this mudra any time during the day, whether on full or empty stomach.
Benefits:this mudra will help you eliminate excess gas/air related problems like gout, flatulence, constipation. It also helps in diseases like arthritis, neck pain, trembling in Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.
- Prithvi (Earth) mudra:
You should know that the Prithvi mudra amplifies the earth element of the body. And remember – the Earth elements is a vital component of bones, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, muscles, tendons, internal organs, etc. Practice of Prithvi mudra builds and invigorates these tissues and strengthens the bones. It produces stability, confidence and strength. Prithvi Mudra is also called the mudra of the earth. It activates your body and reduces physical weaknesses.
Method:it’s very simple – you just have to sit down in lotus pose or easy pose to perform this mudra. Gently touch the tip of ring finger and thumb, while the other three are stretched or free.
Duration:make sure you do this mudra for 30-45 minutes every day, together or in 3 parts during the day.
Benefits:this type of mudra reduces stress, weakness, helps in weight gain, increases blood circulation & Kapha, boosts self-esteem& confidence. You should also know that it increases determination and directs individuals towards spirituality. It improves digestive power, develops vitality and removes deficiency of vitamins.
- Agni (fire) or Surya (sun) mudra:
The Fire or Sun mudra is a powerful mudra with significant healing capacity. This type of mudra increases the fire element in the body and reduces the earth element. The element Agni (fire) is associated with body-temperature and metabolism. This mudra will also help you maintain the body-temperature and keeps the metabolism going. This mudra increases the element of fire in the body
Method:you should practice this mudra in sitting position and on an empty stomach every day to reap benefits of this mudra. Here’s what you need to do – just fold the ring finger and touch the tip at the base of the thumb while the tip of the thumb presses the second phalax bone of the ring finger.
Duration:this type of mudra can be practiced 20 minutes every day but avoid practicing when you have acidity or indigestion problem.
Benefits: this mudra is very useful: it dissolves excess fat in the body, reduce cholesterol, quickens digestion, boosts metabolism & immune system, controls low BP and regulates the thyroid gland.
- Jal (Water) Mudra:
This mudra is really amazing. Why – because it works on the biggest element of the body, water, by increasing it to an optimum level. The Jal mudra also prevents all diseases which come due to the lack of water or any kind of dryness. It also helps to rehydrate cells, tissues, muscles, skin, joint-cartilage, etc. Jal mudra balances the water element in your body.
Method:it’s very simple – you just have to sit in an easy pose or simply lie down and slightly touch the tip of the thumb with the little finger. The rest of the fingers can be left freely without any stress.
Duration:The Jal mudra is an easy mudra and it can be performed anytime during the day.
Benefits:we all know that the element water is associated with tongue and taste, which means that this mudra can be used to overcome disorders like loss of taste-sense, dryness of mouth, etc. Jal mudra nourishes the skin, making it glow. Eliminates skin diseases, increases blood flow, and reduces muscle aches.
- Shunya (Emptiness) Mudra:
Shunya – the mudra of emptiness or the heaven mudra! This type of mudra reduces the space element within the body. Since this element is associated with ears, it helps in getting rid of ear aches and many hearing disorders. The Shunya mudra will also help the practitioner to open their heart chakra, and is suitable for meditation practices. Shunya mudra can quickly heal earaches if held for a long period of time.
Method:how to use the Shunya mudra – just sit in any easy pose, bend the middle finger and place it at the ball or mount of the thumb then press the first phalanx bone of the middle finger with the tip of the thumb. Other fingers should either be stretched, and practice the same position with the other hand too.
Duration:make sure you practice this mudra for 15 minutes, three times during the day. Note: and remember – if you practice this mudra at the same time every day, it acts as a catalyst in achieving the desired results.
Benefits:we can easily say that this mudra is very effective for any ear, nose or throat problems. This mudra assists in listening and speech and cures any numbness in any part of your body. It is also useful in overcoming motion sickness and vertigo. Release the fingers as soon as the symptoms subside.
- Prana (Vital Energy) Mudra:
And the last, but not least important – the Prana mudra. This mudra can be used whenever you feel drained or tired, and need an extra boost of energy. The Prana mudra also helps optimal flow of the prana in the body, activates the root chakra and increases vitality. Prana mudra, or a mudra of life, creates energy within the body and improves strength and immunity
Method:here’s what you need to do – just be seated in Lotus pose, Perfect pose, lighting pose or on the chair (if you cannot sit in any other pose). Now, you need to place the ring finger and little finger at the tip of the thumb gently and keep the other two fingers stretched.
Duration:you should know that there is no specific time duration, one can practice at any interval and amount of time, or start with 5 to 6 minutes three times a day and increase it to 15 minutes.
Benefits:The Prana mudra cleanses our aura. How this works – well, the magnetic force generated by this mudra creates inner focus, clarity and a desire to delve deeper inside. You should also know that this mudra is also about vision. It is not just about improving the vision of your eyes, but also to have a vision for your life. The Prana mudra increases vitality, reduces fatigue and nervousness. But, you should also be careful – the Prana mudra should be avoided if you are suffering from cough and cold.
You should relax, breathe and feel the flow of energy within as each cell gets fully revitalized. Note: these mudras can be done anywhere and integrating this ancient healing tool into your daily life will help you connect with your inner self and the universal energy. Mudras imbue tranquility, balance, and serenity for you and the whole. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share!