Mudras for Stress Relief

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In one of the previous posts, we have written about the most effective yoga poses for stress relief. Read on for the best hand mudras for stress relief.

Mudras for Stress Relief

Perform the below-mentioned mudras for relief from stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. 

1) Chin Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose / Thunderbolt Pose / Easy Pose.
  • Bring the tips of index finger and thumb together. 
  • Keep the other three fingers stretched. 
  • Hold the mudra for 10 to 15 minutes. 
2) Abanavayu Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose, Thunderbolt Pose or Easy Pose.
  • Place the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb.
  • Bring the tips of middle finger, ring finger and thumb together.
  • Keep the little finger stretched. 
  •  Practice Abanavayu mudra for 30 minutes everyday. You can practice twice a day for 15 minutes during every session.  
3) Anjali Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose, Thunderbolt Pose or Easy Pose.
  • Bring the palms together closer to your chest, the seat of heart chakra.
  • Place the palms against each other as in salutation. The elbows should be aligned to each other in a line.
  • Hold the mudra for few minutes.
4) Adi Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose, Thunderbolt Pose or Easy Pose. 
  • Bend your thumb and place it on the palm under your fingers.
  • Place the remaining four fingers over the thumb.
  • Hold the mudra for 15 minutes.
5) Prana Mudra

Instructions

  • Keep your back and neck straight. Assume Lotus Pose or Thunderbolt Pose. You can also assume Easy Pose.
  • Stretch your fingers.
  • Bring the tips of your ring finger, little finger and thumb.
  • Keep the remaining fingers stretched.
  • Close your eyes and focus on the Mudra.
  • Maintain normal breathing.
6) Prithvi Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose, Thunderbolt Pose or Easy Pose.
  • Bring the tips of ring finger and thumb together.
  • Keep the remaining fingers stretched.
  • Perform the mudra in both hands.
  • Perform the mudra for 30 to 45 minutes.
7) Vayu Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose / Thunderbolt Pose / Easy Pose. 
  • Place the tip of the index finger on the base of the thumb. 
  • Fold your thumb and place it on the index finger.
  • Keep the remaining fingers stretched.
  • Hold the mudra for 30 to 45 minutes. 
8) Mushti Mudra

Instructions

  • Assume Lotus Pose / Thunderbolt Pose / Easy Pose.
  • Form a fist using the fingers except thumb.
  • Place the index finger on the bent fingers. The thumb should touch your ring finger.
  • Perform mushti mudra for 45 minutes breaking it into three 15-minute sessions.
9) Suriya Mudra

Instructions

  • Stretch your fingers.
  • Bend your ring finger and place the tip of the ring finger under your thumb.
  • Bend your thumb and place it on the folded ring finger applying very light pressure.
  • Keep the remaining fingers stretched.
  • Focus on your mudra. Maintain normal breathing.

Note: Those with fever and experiencing excessive tiredness should refrain from practicing suriya mudra. It is also not recommended to practice suriya mudra during peak summer.

Performing at least one of the above-mentioned mudras on a regular basis will help to be relieved from stress.

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Rama Thamizharasu

Welcome to Yogaaatral. I am a yoga therapist, touch healer, seo consultant, writer and translator. I have authored e-books on subjects including yoga therapy for certain health conditions and natural remedies to treat illnesses for my clients across the world.

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