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7 Hand Mudras You Can Incorporate into Your Yoga Practice Today ...

By Michelle

Hand mudras stimulate different organs to help cleanse your system during yoga and meditation. I’ve recently become incredibly obsessed with the various hand mudras and always love to learn new ones. I find it fascinating because hand mudras are not only used in yoga but also in Hindu rituals and classical dances. I think it’s important to bring your awareness to hand mudras and begin to incorporate them in your own practice.

1 Anjali Mudra

Anjali MudraThis is the most well-known hand mudra when it comes to yoga. Bringing your hands together in prayer form at the heart connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain according to yogajournal.com. It also focuses your awareness at the heart center or Anahata chakra. You may do this mudra in Mountain Pose of Tree Pose. What yoga poses can you think of that also include this hand mudra?

2 Gyan Mudra

Gyan MudraGyan mudra is used when it comes to meditation. Using this mudra along with meditation helps lower your anger, stress and anxiety levels. Simply bring your index fingers to touch your thumbs and let the other three finger rest naturally straight. It is okay if they are slightly bent. This mudra also helps strengthen your ability to concentrate and establish peace of mind.

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3 Varun Mudra

Varun MudraGently press your thumbs together with your pinkies. This mudra helps balance the water content in your body. You want to make sure not to push down on the nail but on the skin or else it will have a reverse effect, causing you to be dehydrated. Regular circulation of water in the body helps it to stay moisturized and prevents dry skin.

4 Apan Vayu Mudra

Apan Vayu MudraHand mudras stimulate certain parts of your body to initiate the health or healing of that mudra. Apan Vayu Mudra is used for heart health and is also a first aid step when dealing with heart attacks. Gently press your index finger against the base of your thumb while touching the middle and ring fingers to the thumbs. The pinky should be erect. This mudra helps improve circulation throughout the heart and helps prevent against angina.

5 Ling Mudra

Ling MudraTo build heat in the body and get over a cold and cough, consider doing the Ling Mudra. It’s super easy! Interlace your fingers together, making sure your right thumb is on the outside of your left thumb. Keep the left thumb up as the other fingers remain folded. Make sure the palms of your hands touch if you really want to feel the heat build.

6 Rudra Mudra

Rudra MudraPress the tips of your thumb, index finger and ring finger together to awaken the Manipura chakra located midway between the rib cage and the navel. The middle fingers and pinkies should be erect. Some of the benefits of this hand mudra include regulating breathing and blood pressure, reliving dizziness and improving eyesight.

7 Mukula Mudra

Mukula MudraThe Mukula Mudra helps balance the five elements of the body (earth, fire, water, air and sky) along with the seven chakras of the body. When these elements are out of whack, our bodies suffer from diseases. The Mukula Mudra helps to get rid of these toxins and strengthen the immune system. Straighten your arms so that your elbows aren’t bent and bring all fingertips together. Your palm should be facing the sky to help draw in healthy cosmic energy as your body works to balance itself with your mind.

Adding hand mudras to your practice can help stimulate your organs, promote a healthy body and deepen your practice. These finer elements of yoga make your practice what it is. What are some other hand mudras you like to do?

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