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.
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Translating to "life force seal" and also known as the healing mudra, the Prana mudra is practiced to awaken the senses. It assists in igniting and moving stagnant energy within. Whether you're looking for a quick pick me up or greater energy long term, integrate the Prana mudra into your practice.
The stimulation that the Prana mudra creates energizes all organs. It is thought to offer numerous health benefits including benefitting eyesight, reducing fatigue, addressing nervousness, improving circulation, enhancing clarity and focus, boosting the immune system and reducing insomnia.
TRY PRANA MUDRA
Standing or sitting in a comfortable position, extend your arms out in front of you. Draw the tips of your thumbs, ring and pinky fingers together. Extend your other fingers out straight.
The Prana mudra is beautiful and powerful when accompanied by a strong breath and or meditation practice. Try practicing the Prana mudra for 15-45 minutes a day. Notice the strong vibration throughout your body and the general invigoration after this practice.
Translating to "life force seal" and also known as the healing mudra, the Prana mudra is practiced to awaken the senses.
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