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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SHUNYA MUDRA : The Heaven Mudra
Also known as the "Heaven Mudra", the word "Shoonya" means "emptiness" in Sanskrit, referring to "ether", one of the five elements of Ayurveda. If too much "ether", or "emptiness" spreads in the body, it impacts the other four elements, not allowing them to fully thrive. They Shunya Mudra assists in clearing this space.
The Shunya Mudra is also thought to assist with motion sickness, vertigo, ear pain, tinnitus, numbness throughout the body and thyroid issues.
TRY SHUYA MUDRA
Standing or sitting in a comfortable position, extend your arms out in front of you. Bend your middle finger down towards the base of your thumb. Then press your thumb over your middle finger. Extend your other fingers out straight. Try incorporating this mudra into a daily practice for 5-15 minutes a day (up to 45 minutes a day) and begin to notice its great benefits over time. If you're practicing this mudra to address a specific ailment, discontinue it once you notice relief.
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