Mudras have been practiced since thousands of years by ancient civilizations across the world. The practice of mudras, meaning gestures, is mentioned in ancient texts, which goes to show the depth of wisdom possessed by the people of the past.

Five Elements and Mudras

The five elements in the universe, namely, earth, water, fire, air and space are present in humans; they govern the body and mind. These five elements need to be balanced to support physical and psychological health of humans.

Every finger is associated with an element.

Thumb - Fire

Index finger - Air

Middle finger - Space

Ring finger - Earth

Water - Little finger

Positioning specific fingers in specific patterns stimulate function of associated element.

Benefits of Practicing Mudras

Every mudra has specific benefits to offer. Practicing mudras can offer loads of health benefits including:

  • Boosts immune function
  • Balances the three doshas, namely, vatha, pitha and kapha
  • Supports lung health
  • Regulates heart function
  • Improves brain function
  • Regular practice of the pose helps to strengthen the nervous system.
  • Promotes flow of life force
  • Supports skin health
  • Regulates digestive function
  • It is an effective yoga pose for insomnia
  • Relieves stress and promotes calm

We will cover various mudras and their benefits in this section.

Questions and Answers About Mudras

Before we proceed with learning how to perform various mudras and their benefits, here are some important points to note.

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Detoxification Mudra

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Prana Mudra

Prana Mudra is one of the most important mudras. Practicing Prana Mudra helps to regulate flow of prana, the life force, which is indispensable for body mind health...

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Mudras for Cold and Cough Relief

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Most Effective Mudras for Headaches Including Migraine

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Mudras for Stress Relief

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Mudras for Lung Health

Out of the many amazing arts that our ancestors gifted us with, mudra therapy is among those that are still practiced by various civilizations around the world. Mudra for lung health is the need of the hour considering the pandemic phase that global population is going through.

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Mudras for Neck Pain

By relieving tightness of neck and by strengthening neck, shoulders and upper back muscles, mudras aid in relieving neck pain...

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Mudras for Constipation

We had earlier uploaded a post on yoga poses for constipation. This post covers the most effective mudras for constipation...

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