Mudra means "seal" or "mark" and is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture. Most are performed with the hands and fingers, although some involve the entire body. They are used in meditation, martial arts, yoga or pranayama in order to direct energy flow within the body.
Mudras can help us to come back to intentions within our practice. They stimulate different areas of our brains and bodies. They can even produce specific energies and states of mind.
MUDRAS CAN HELP US TO COME BACK TO INTENTIONS WITHIN OUR PRACTICE.
When practicing mudras, our fingers each represent a specific universal element:
- Our thumb represents the fire element.
- Our index finger represents the air element.
- Our middle finger represents the space element.
- Our ring finger represents earth element.
- Our pinky finger represents water element.
Mudras can help us to create a balance of the elements within ourselves.
<< Are you interested in becoming a contributor to our content? CLICK HERE to learn how! >>
Want to gain a better understanding of the mudras you're touching upon in your yoga practice and incorporate them more consciously? We're going to be breaking down mudras weekly in our #MudraMonday series.
Also called the "seal of patience", the Shuni mudra encourages patience, focus and discipline. Shuni is Sanskrit for "Saturn" (in Vedic astrology, Saturn is the planet of discipline). This mudra represents stability and strength and can be used to turn negative thoughts into positive ones and when you need support in following through on something.
The Shuni mudra is beautiful to practice when you want to find compassion and understanding towards others or when you find yourself becoming inpatient with someone. Use the Shuni mudra when you want to create stability.
TRY SHUNI MUDRA
Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed, feel open in your heart space. Place your middle finger and thumb together to unite the fire and connection elements. Relax your other three fingers outwards.
The SHUNI mudra is KNOWN AS THE "SEAL OF PATIENCE".
Try the Shuni mudra when you need to feel grounded and draw in some patience.
Jenny is a mama, DJ, yoga teacher and beach-obsessed boss babe at TheKaiLife.com. You can find her with a huge smile on her face adventuring with her husband, son Kai and fur babies Koa & Snorkel; spinning music and dancing with you late night; on her yoga mat or under a palm tree.
Follow her on instagram @iseekthewaves @jadoreurlife .
JOIN OUR FREE I LOVE BEACH YOGA FACEBOOK TRIBE to find friends who love yoga and the beach & gain access to special classes.