Mudras

01/09/2011

Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used during Yoga and other Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. During the practice of Yoga hand poses are important during every position, especially meditating. In the Buddhist faith the different depictions of Buddha feature him with a different mudra highlighting his different teachings. Some also believe that mudras can be used to cure body ailments and sickness. Let’s talk about some of the most common mudras, some may already be familiar with a few because they are common Yoga hand poses.

Apan Vayu Mudra: To achieve this gesture bring your forefinger, middle finger, and ringer finger to touch your thumb. Keep your pinky comfortably erect. This position is believed to increase heart health, self confidence, and improve blood pressure. Gyan Mudra: To achieve this position bring your index finger and thumb together while your other fingers remain erect. This position is believed to improve concentration, and help eliminate depression, stress, and insomnia.

Prithvi Mudra: To achieve this position bring your ring finger and thumb together while all other fingers remain erect. This position is believed to increase energy and inner stability.

Surabhi Mudra: To achieve this position connect the pinky finger and ring finger together while at the same time connecting the middle finger and index finger together. This position is believed to sharpen your intellect.

Linga Mudra: To achieve this position place your palms together and lock your fingers together while keeping your thumbs connected and erect. This position is believed to strengthen the lungs and improve the digestion.

Those are just a few of the common yoga hand poses for more information on mudras and their benefits visit

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