Hand mudras

Do you know what hand mudras are?ย  Have you ever used them?

They can be used daily for just a few minutes at a time, so like Reiki et al, they are a portable form of healing ๐Ÿ™‚
Based on yoga and the connections we make when we touch one or more fingers to another finger (or fingers), they have a healing effect on your physical body and energy system. If you are sensitive to subtle energies like Reiki then you will probably find that each mudra feels a little different from the others. Some are lighter, some are more “earthy” or even “buzzy”. Some help you to feel calm, others give you a little energy ‘boost’.

Here are just a few I use regularly:
Gyan – for calming, peace, stress relief
Akash – for nourishing the body
Prithvi – for grounding and boosting energy
Prana – for improving energy
Udan – for better energy flow
Saman – for relief from digestive discomfort
Linga – for colds and viruses
Surya – for losing weight (fat) and overcoming fatigue
Hakini – for balancing right and left hemispheres of the brain, and aids focus

There are many resources for working with mudras. I like the photographs and descriptions found in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2.ย  These have photographs showing you how to form each mudra (these are really VERY easy!)

I also use a book by Gertrud Hirschi which is a very good reference, particularly for the lesser-known positions. It is a very thorough guide. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re just starting out with hand mudras, I recommend you begin with the positions using thumb and one other finger (Gyan, Akash and Prithvi) – just hold for a couple of minutes until you get used to the process. You’ll soon find that you’ll want to hold a position for longer. If a mudra causes you to feel a bit edgy or over-stimulated, perhaps stop that one for the moment, and use another; or just come back to it another day. Just play and see which ones help you to feel more healthy or balanced.

Mudras can be done anytime and anywhere (although you may wish to do them discreetly!) I often do them when in the car as a passenger, and usually when meditating.

If you have any feedback on this article, would like to share your own experiences, or have any questions, please let me know! I am not an expert on hand mudras, but I do use them daily and like to hear about other people’s experiences. ๐Ÿ™‚

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