yoga mudras for healingBy Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500

Are yoga mudras for healing effective? Mudra is a Sanskrit word meaning “hand gestures.” Mudras have historically been a part of Yogic practices, and are also found in many spiritual practices. They are an important part of meditation and yoga. Simply put, mudras involve pressing specific fingers together or placing the hands in specific postures to channel energy through the body and provide balance. Although they are simple to perform, they can provide powerful results for common ailments including insomnia, arthritis, anxiety, and more. When using Yoga mudras to heal, it is important to become knowledgeable about the yoga mudras for healing to determine which mudras will target the problem area or disease. Add mudras to your current yoga or meditation practice, repeating them often for the full benefits. Below are four yoga mudras for healing purposes.

Linga Mudra

The Linga Mudra produces heat in the body, which can help cure hypothermia or a chilled body, common cold and cough ailments where the body has produced too much mucous, asthma and other respiratory ailments, and sexual debility in males. Perform the Linga Mudra only when symptoms are active in the body, not as a preventative measure and discontinue once symptoms are relieved. Overuse of this mudra can cause lethargy and sluggishness. Do not use the Linga Mudra when fever is present.

To perform the Linga Mudra, interlock the fingers and palms keeping the left thumb pointing up.

Prana Mudra

The Prana Mudra is recommended for the overall health of the body’s immune system. It activates the body’s defense mechanisms, enabling them to fight disease. Regular practice can fight against thyroid problems and many types of cancer.

Bring the tips of the pinky and ring fingers to rest on the tip of thumb on one or both hands. Hands can be placed horizontally or vertically.

Vayu Mudra

Practice the Vayu Mudra to help with symptoms of arthritis, trembling, rheumatism, gout, joint pain, and sciatica.

Hold the index finger down with the thumb pressing on top of it, keeping the three other fingers straight.

Guyan Mudra (also known as Gyan or Om Mudra)

This is probably the most widely known and often practiced of all the Yoga mudras.

Relieve stress and depression, sharpen the memory and concentration, relieve insomnia, and achieve mental peace with the Guyan Mudra.

Press the tip of the thumb and index finger together, with very little pressure, while leaving the other three fingers in an upright position.

During meditation or relaxation sessions, Paulji often tells us to connect the index finger and thumb so lightly that we are not thinking about the sense of touch at this precise point. The result is a ring of energy that naturally flows without forcing it to happen.

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