The word “mudra” means “seal” and mudras are hand and finger positions held anytime and especially during meditation to produce a particular effect on the body and mind. The hand and finger positions of mudras affect the nervous system of the body and have been a part of the Ayurvedic healing system used in India for thousands of years.
In the photo above, I am practicing Matanga Mudra. This is also known as Elephant Mudra and it is said that this mudra brings peace of mind, strengthens digestion, reduces mental tension, improves the ability to communicate and fosters a sense of innocence and self-trust.
Interlace the fingers with the right little finger on the bottom and the left thumb over the right thumb. Extend the middle fingers and press them together from base to tip. Hold the mudra in a relaxed fashion over the solar plexus with the fingers pointing out.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, this mudra is used to treat indigestion, gallbladder and liver dysfunction, kidney problems, diabetes, TMJ, and jaw tension and pain.
This is Prana or Vitality Mudra. Touch the thumb tip to the tips of the ring and little fingers. This mudra improves circulation, moderates blood pressure, strengthens the heart, increases vitality, aids in recovery and immunity, reduces fatigue, strengthens willpower and confidence, sedates the mind and relaxes the body.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, vitality mudra is used to treat chronic fatigue, weakened immunity, intolerance to heat and stress, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, sore throat, skin rashes and menopause symptoms.
This is Apana or Elimination Mudra. Touch the thumb to the tips of the middle and ring fingers.
This mudra is said to purify and energize the body and improve elimination on all levels. It enhances balance, harmony, patience, and the ability to envision. It gives courage for new beginnings, promotes mental clarity and clears negative emotions.
In the Ayurvedic tradition it is used to treat constipation, hemorrhoids, bladder and uterus problems, liver and gallbladder dysfunction, skin rashes, cervical spondylosis, diabetes, dry skin and hair, flu, joint pains, kidney problems, nausea, osteoarthritis, and weakenss.
This is Apana Vayu Mudra. It is also known as Life-Saving Mudra and is used to reduce the effects of heart attack. Place the tip of the index finger to the base of the thumb and use the thumb to hold the index finger down. Touch the thumb tip to the middle and ring fingers.This mudra improves circulation, moderates blood pressure, strengthens the heart, increases vitality, sedates the mind and relaxes the body
In the Ayurvedic tradition, it is used to treat heart attack, chest pains, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, arthritis, appendicitis, abdominal pain, kidney ailments, nausea, headaches, toothaches, backaches and all joint pains.
This is Vata Nashak Mudra, also known as Air and Space Reducing Mudra. It aids in grounding, reduces spaciness and scattered thinking. Place the tips of the index and middle fingers down to the base of the thumb and press them gently down with the thumb.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, this mudra is used for lack of stamina, chronic fatigue, poor memory, indecisiveness, sleeplessness, emaciation, cold intolerance, numbness, dry skin, hair and nails, painful joints and other painful conditions such as headache, earache, throat pain, heel pain, joint pain and toothache.
It's up to you to practice them and see for yourself! After all, it's all just practice! I hope that you will enjoy this information and integrate the use of mudra into your life.