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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Sanskrit for air, Vayu also refers to as breath. The Vayu Mudra helps to balance and regulate the movement of air within your body. The Vayu Mudra is thought to reduce excess air from your stomach and body, strengthen and tighten your chest and build immunity from cold and chest ailments. Other conditions such as parkinsins, joint pain, stress and anxiety are said to have positive responses with a regular practice of the Vayu Mudra as well.
TRY VAYU MUDRA
Standing or sitting in a comfortable position, extend your arms out in front of you. Fold your index finger down towards the base of your thumb. Then press your thumb against the back of your index finger. Extend your other fingers out straight. Try incorporating this mudra into a daily practice for at least 15 minutes a day and begin to notice its great benefits over time.
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