There’s a thing about yoga which is unlike gymming or doing any other form of exercise – it helps you connect with your inner self and to gradually uncover it. Our inner selves are in a perpetual blissful state and yoga can help you reach there. A thing as simple as hand gestures, known as mudras in yoga, can help you relax and unwind. Mudras are done in conjunction with breathing exercises and help regulate the flow of energy throughout your body. Here we enlist five such mudras that have many benefits and can be done anywhere, at the bus stop, in cinema or while you are stuck at your seat in office.
GYAN MUDRA: This is the most common mudra and is believed to help increase one’s concentration, knowledge and memory. You can be sitting, standing or lying down to do this. However, you must make sure that your back is straight. To do this, you need to touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger while the other fingers are stretched out but relaxed. While doing so, focus on your breath.
PRANA MUDRA: This mudra is about prana, that is life. It concentrates on one’s energy and boosts their immunity. It can help improve the health of eyes and help with fatigue and insomnia. To do this, touch the tip of your thumb with the tips of your ring finger and little finger while you stretch out the other two fingers. This mudra must not be done while lying down.
PRITHVI MUDRA: This mudra helps you connect with prithvi, that is the earth. It helps one with achieving a balanced and fulfilling life by strengthening his body, reducing fatigue and keeping one grounded and free from irrational thought. To do this, touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your ring finger while keeping the other fingers extended. This mudra, like prana mudra, must not be done while lying down.
VAYU MUDRA: This mudra helps regulate air inside your body. It is very helpful in relieving pain and painful joints. It is extremely helpful for people suffering from arthritis, gout, rheumatism and cervical spondylitis. It can even help relieve pain for polio and Parkinson’s patients. This can be the mudra which helps you perform other asanas as well if you suffer from bodily pains as the mudra will alleviate them. To do this, roll your index finger towards your thumb so that its tip touches the mound of your thumb. The other three fingers should be stretched out.
SURYA MUDRA: Also known as Agni Mudra, this one helps regulate the amount of heat in your body. This mudra helps in boosting the metabolism of your body, leading to weight loss, helping in obesity, improving eyesight, relieving constipation, indigestion, common cold and other metabolism-related problems. To do this, fold your ring favour so that its tip touches the base of your thumb. Gently apply pressure with the thumb on the second phalanx of the ring finger. The other fingers should be stretched out. Avoid this mudra if you are feeling tired and fatigued.