- 1. Health in Your Hands!
Light workers, Manila Sep10- 2010byAmena Bal
2. Mudra Thoughts
Your hands open and close : close andopen.
If it were always a fist, or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence is in every contraction and expansion
beautifully balanced and coordinated as a birds wings.
Mudrais invigoration in relaxation ! Freedom in routine!
Confidence through self control! Energy within and energy outside!
3. What is Mudra?
5000 yrs oldVedic Science of Communication
Hand yoga, used in conjunction with meditation
Profound hand positions and gestures that lock and guide energy to the brain and different organs/chakras in the body.
Used widely in Indian classicaldance
4. Use of Mudras in Indian Classical Dance
5. Why Use Mudras?
Harmonizes and Heals, mind,body & spirit
Creates Equilibrium by regulating the flow ofPrana/ life force
Builds immunity, and cures disease as they work on our organs
Stimulates and balances chakras
Long-term practice leads tohigher state of consciousness
Helps Balance and Activate Chakras
7. Why Use Mudras?
When combined with Hatha yoga and Pranayama, the therapeuticand curativeeffect of mudras iscompounded
Helps balance the elements of space, air, fire, water and earth in our body
Same benefits as yoga butcan be done anywhere& saves time
Helps to instantly reconnect to stillness when used with Pranayama exercises
8. BroadClassification of Mudras
9. Spirit Consciousness
10. Breathe! You are Alive
Inhale and the Divine powerapproaches you.
Hold the inhalation and the Divine power stays within you.
Exhale and you approach the Divine
Hold the the exhalation and you surrender to the Divine
11. Shankh Mudra Conch/Shell/ Throat chakra
Encircle your left thumb with the four fingers of your right hand. At the same time, touch the right thumb to the extended middle finger of your left hand. Together, the two hands look like a conch shell. Hold your hands in front of your sternum.
Very effectivefor throat related disorders. Activates throat chakra. Sing "OM" several times when practicing this mudra. Then listen within yourself, to the silence, for several minutes afterward. Its connecting to our inner sound and divine energy
Used during rituals in many Hindu temples. The conch horn is blown in the morning to announce the opening of the temple doors. The same applies to our inner temple, where the divine light shines.
12. BHAIRAVA/BHARAVIBalance and Fearlessness
Bhairava - Place the back of the right hand on the palm of the left hand. Both hands rest in the lap. Bhairavi mudra is practiced the same way but the left hand is placed on top of the right. The thumbs can also join together.
The two hands represent the duality of our being as yin and yang energy andindividual and supreme consciousness. By connecting the hands we harmonize coordination of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and unite all opposites.
Universally used for meditation as it brings the feeling ofpeace, calm and balance
13. Lotus Mudra Purity & Love
- Place both hands in front of your chest so that only the edges of your hands and pads of your fingers touch each other: This is the bud of the lotus flower.
14. Now open your hands, but maintain the contact between the tips of the little fingers and the outer edges of your thumbs. Spread the other fingers open as wide as possible. 15. After four deep breaths, close both hands back into a bud, place the fingernails of the fingers of both hands on top of each other; now join the backs of the fingers, the backs of the hands, and let your hands hang down relaxed for a while. In the same way, bring your hands back into the bud and the open flower. Repeat a number of times.This Mudra belongs to the heart chakra and is the symbol for purity. Love lives in the heart, together with goodwill, affection, and communication. Do this Mudra when you feel drained, exploited, misunderstood, or lonely. Open yourself to the divine force and be ready to receive whatever you need
16. Body & Emotions
17. Mudras for Body and Mind
Life Force (Prana)
Energy (Linga ) Mudra
18. CHIN or GYAN Mudra Wisdom
Join the tips of the index finger and thumb and keep the other 3 fingers stretched and joined.
In consciousness terms the index finger represents I orThe self/ Ego and the thumb stands forDivine or cosmic consciousness.This mudra is symbolic of oneness and unity between the two. Most common in meditations as it stills the mind and connects us to a state of tranquility.
Thethumb has reflex points that reflex to the endocrine organs the brain. Chin mudra enhances memory. Activates the brain.Helps with mental ailments. Curessleeplessness. Controls anger and restlessness.
19. Vayu / Air
Press the index finger on the base of thumb and keep the thumb on the index finger. Let the other fingers be straight.
Balances the element of air in the body & thus corrects disorders caused by its imbalance .
Curative in bone and skeletal system related problems . Helps in Parkinson's , arthritis, cervicalpain, neck problems, curing paralysis and controlling stomach gas .
20. Shunya /Heaven Mudra/Space
Bring the middle finger to the base of the thumb and gently press the thumb over it. The other fingers stay joined and straight.
Creates balance in the empty spaces in the body
Very effective in ear problems especially chronic ear infections
21. Surya /Sun Mudra
Bring the tip of the ring finger at the base of the thumb and slightly press the thumb over it.
Helps in reducing body weight.
Brings down anxiety
Helps in indigestion
22. Prithvi /EarthRoot chakra
Join the tip of the thumb and the ring finger.
Makes the body sturdy
Helps in gaining weight . It Improves skin toneand complexion, making it glow.
Makes one active and happy.
Very useful for grounding and root chakra balancing
23. Varuna / Water
Join the tip of the thumb with the little finger. Keep all other fingers stretched out .
Improves the quality of blood in the body, balances water contentand imparts a freshness to the body.
Prevents Gastroenteritis pain and muscle shrinkage
Helps in kidney disorders.
24. Prana / Life ForceAll Chakras
Join the tip of the thumb with the tip of the little finger and the ring finger, keeping the other two fingers straight.
Pumps and regulates life force in the body.
Gives a special power to the eyes.
Beneficial for all diseases as it works with all chakras
25. Apaan /Excretion
Chakra Solar Plexus
Join the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger and the ring finger, keeping the other fingers stretched out.
Helps eliminate waste matter from the body
Aids digestion and excretion
Reduces constipation and urine related problem
26. Heart/ Hirdya Mudralife saving
Press the index finger to the base of the thumb and join the tips of the ring and middle finger.
Mudra therapists claim this is as effective asfirst-aid in heart conditions.
Ideal during states of intense emotional conflict- one of the main problems with cardiac personalities.
27. Energy /Linga Mudra
Interlock the fingers of both the hands and have the left thumb vertically straight up with the right thumb and the index finger encircling it.
Activates sexual energy.Produces heat in the body and effectively cures cold and cough
28. ClosingYogic Mantra
Fear less, hope more
Eat less, chew more
Whine less, breathe more
Talk less, listen more
Judge less , understand more
Resist less and surrender more
Hate less, love more!
29. JUST DO YOUR DAILY PRACTICE & ALL IS COMING !