Mudra and its effects
What is Mudra?
The simple translation of Mudra can be ‘gesture’ or a ‘position’, usually done with the hands, that directs the flow of prana (life energy). Our ancient sages studied deep in terms of inner nature of human being and given us the knowledge about Yoga, Ayurveda, Mudras and other sciences. This part of the science imparts knowledge by means of balancing and maintaining health which leads to self-discovery and joy of living. Mudras, a part of Yoga is based on the principles of life, namely , the five elements – akash (ether/space), vayu (air), agni (fire), jal (water) and prithvi (earth); the five pranas namely – prana, udana, samana, apana and vyana; and three doshas namely – vata, kapha and pitta. There are about 108 mudras used in this science.
Our ancient sages discovered that the whole creation is composed of the five elements mentioned above. They found that Brahmanda (The Universe) and Pindanda (Our body) consist of these same five elements. Therefor secret of good health depends on balance of these five elements within the body and mind.
According to Yoga, the attitude and gestures adopted during Mudra practices establish a link between the five sheaths, seven energy centers (the Chakras) in the body and the dynamic power, Kundalini.
Types of Mudras
- Hasta Mudras: These are performed by simple finger gestures. So they are called Hasta mudras.
In yoga Shastra, it is said that human fingers from thumb to small finger represents fire, air, sky, earth and water (agni, vayu, akash, prithvi and jal respectively).
Hasta mudras primarily uses above five elements and are beneficial in maintaining health.
- Mana Mudras: These are related to the head and are called meditative mudras. They utilize the eyes, ears, nose, tounge and lips.
- Kaya Mudras: These are postural mudras that combine physical postures, breathing and concentration.
- Bandha Mudras: These are lock mudras that help in awakening the kundalini power.
- Aadhara Mudras: These mudras redirect prana from the lower centres to the brain.
Each of these mudras has different effect on the body, mind and prana.
Mudras can be used to cure all kind of problems. We can improve the energy elements with the help of mudras.
Mudras and Astrology
Mudras are linked to astrology. We can see in horoscope what kind of energy deficiency exists in the body and use appropriate mudra to overcome that deficiency. A person is not necessarily has to do all the mudras. That is where astrology helps. Every planet and house is associated with the above five elements, so we can see in the horoscope where the problem exists and we can use proper mudra to overcome it.
To know more about each mudra, click on the links: Jnana Mudra, Akakasha Mudra, Prithvi Mudra and Varuna Mudra