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 bud, the Mukula Mudra represents the shape of the bud of a lotus flower. This is a simple mudra that is said to harness many physical and mental benefits and is thought to be one of the most effective mudras. It can be both energizing and healing depending on how you're working with it.
The Mukula Mudra is thought to send energy towards where you need and direct your healing. It assists in strengthening concentration and meditation. It can help in strengthening the immune system.
TRY MUKULA MUDRA
Standing or sitting in a comfortable position, extend your arms out in front of you. Unite the tips of your fingers to form a beak-like shape.
Try sitting with this mudra for 5-15 minutes a day for added energy.
If you are working on healing a specific organ, the mudra can be directed towards the area you are focusing on (ex on the part of your body that requires more energy).
Practice in meditation for added concentration and calmness.
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