Want to delve deeper into the the world of mudras to really get your meditation on? Here are 6 mudras every yogi needs to know, and what they do for you.
BY MELANIE SCHOOR
You already know that mudras means seal, and that it’s an important spiritual gesture, provides energy flow and stimulates different body parts. If you don’t know this you can read all about it here, and learn all about the 5 most common mudras that are seen in yoga studios near you. But there are also numerous other mudras that you can do.
In fact, there are over 100 of them, each of which stimulates something a different part of the body. Here are six mudras every yogi needs to know, especially if you want to deepen your meditation practice.
Also known as chin mudra, Jnana Mudra is the mudra of knowledge and wisdom that is done to connect you to your higher self. It calms the mind, lifts energy and improves your state of mind. To do it, you turn your hands so that the palms are facing upward and place the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb. You should be forming a circular shape on each hand, while the other fingers are stretched out.
This is a Mudra for reducing stress and depression, and for helping to relax and rejuvenate the mind. In Sanskrit yoni means womb, and your hands are actually placed on your lower belly right at your uterus. To do this mudra you bring the tips of your thumbs together and press them into your navel, while the tips of your index fingers are touching and pointed downward. The rest of your fingers are turned up towards your thumbs.
A mudra of Buddha, Abhaya Mudra symbolizes protection and peace. It’s often seen in temples around Asia, where buddha holds up his right hand to dispel fear. Still, it’s most often seen in Thailand and Laos. It’s believed that this was the first gesture that Buddha made after reaching enlightenment.
Hakini Mudra brings you spiritual power and increases mindfulness. It also increases concentration, boosts the memory and promotes calmness. The mudra is often held by people concentrating without them even knowing it’s a mudra . This mudra is also known to develop your connection with the third eye chakra (ajna). It is done with the fingertips of each of your fingers touching the fingers of the other hand. The same is done with your thumbs. All fingers should be facing upwards and your palms should not be touching. The tips of your fingers and thumbs is all that should be touching.
Apana means purification and is the mudra for purifying and cleansing the body. You connect your middle finger, ring finger and thumb by ensuring that they all touch each other. The other two fingers are then fully extended. It’s particularly good for woman, as it helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. It also eliminates negative thoughts from the mind.
This is a religious gesture that was used during Buddhas first ever preach. It’s the symbol of the dharma wheel and symbolises the most important moments in Buddha’s life. Doing this mudra will help to calm your mind and encourage a positive attitude. It will also give you a sense of timelessness, as there is a continuous flow of energy. To do this mudra, you do Jnana Mudra with your right hand and Gyan Mudra with your left hand. You then connect the thumb and index finger of your hand hand with the middle finger of your left hand.