A treasure of knowledge was created and experimented by ancient Indian Yogis and Sages. One such pitcher of treasure was the gestures or ‘Mudras’ that were advised to be performed while doing yoga practices. There are many forms of mudras done with various parts of the body. One of the most frequently performed ones are done with fingers of both the hands together and are called ‘Hast Mudras’ or gestures of hands. These are related to harnessing the power of and balancing of basic elements of nature which are ‘Fire’, ‘Earth’, ‘Water’, ‘Air’ and ‘Space’ and space. Please do not confuse them with periodic table elements. It is simply that all energies are ‘Fire’, all solid state things are represented by ‘Earth’, all liquid state things are represented by ‘Water’, all gaseous things are represented by ‘Air’ and everything the matter is suspended in as ‘Space’.
This course is an outcome of our personal experience of more than 40 years, about effects of gestures of hand or ‘Hasta Mudras’ for improving our mind body and soul related aspects and a technique that can be effectively used for supportive holistic healing. The highlights of this course are.
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Here you will know about how certain body formations that were related to balancing of mind body and soul can be effectively used for healing and protection.
Mudras are broadly categoried on the basis of body parts with which they are performed, such as mudras of hand, mudras of head, mudras of whole body etc.
The category of Hand Mudras, which will be the point of illustration in further sessions will be introduced here. The concept of connection of basic five elements
A quiz based on section 1 to test your skills related to basic concepts of mudras
Chin Mudra/Gyan Mudra is a hand gesture to combine index finger representing the air element with the thumb representing the fire element to achieve everlasting
Vayu mudra is also called the vayu shamak mudra as it is used to suppress the excess of vayu (air) element in your body. This is performed by using index finger and the thumb.
Aakash mudra is also called the aakash vardhak mudra as it is used to enhance the power of space element in your body. This is performed by using middle finger and the thumb..
Shoonya mudra is also called the aakash shamak mudra as it is used to regulate the space element in your body. This is performed by using middle finger and the thumb.
Prithvi mudra is used to enhance the power of earth element in your body. This is performed by using ring finger and the thumb.
This mudra regulates the earth element and causes the same effect in the human body the way Sun regulates various aspects of the Earth. This mudra is done using the ring finger and the thumb. This mudra is also called ‘Prithvi Shamak Mudra’.
Varun is the God of water, which represents the fluids in the human body. Fluids cover entire glandular secretions and other liquids. The little finger of the hand represents the water element. The balance of body fluids indicates good health and the imbalance indicates the presence of some ailment. To stablize body fluids Thumb is joined with the little finger to form VARUN MUDRA.
This is a variant of Varun Mudra and is quite important for its independent use. This is done with little finger and thumb.
Water, which represent the fluids and secretions in the human body, Earth which represents the tissue mass in the body and Fire, which represents the energy systems in the body are all used in this mudra for getting the benefits in problems that are due to imbalance of these elements.
Apaan mudra is a combination of earth element represented by ring finger and the space element, represented by the middle finger joined with the tip of the thumb which stands for the fire element.
Apaan vayu mudra is a combination of apaan mudra and vayu mudra. In this mudra the tip and the root of the thumb, both are utilized. The tip harnesses the power of ‘Earth’ and ‘space’ element which uses the ring finger and the middle finger resepectively. The root of the thumb is simultaneously regulating the ‘air’ element using the tip of the index finger. This mudra is also called the hridya or heart mudra.
This mudra is an extension of jalodhar nashak mudra explained earlier and it involves using the control over the earth element represented by the ring finger along with regulation of the water element which is represented by the little finger. As per ayurvedic concepts this mudra is also called the cough-nashak mudra.
A Quiz that can do a small test if you have understood things related to Hasta Mudras.
While practicing mudras you should follow certain guidelines that are a sort of cautions and hints. Learn them here point by point.
In every mudra session the benefits of mudras have been given. Here is a quick reference chart which will be a ready reckoner regarding which mudras are helpful in which diseases.
This a reference chart for a quick view of list of mudras, along with fingers used, elements affected, breathing technique, recommended sitting postures etc.
The conclusive remarks are not just formal. They contain some fine tips that will enhance the experience of this course and your mudra practice in day to day life. Please do read them.
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Became a naturopath and aromatherapist 20 years back when life of a loved one needed special care due to limitations of modern medicines. Also a qualified Electronics engineer and Management graduate, has now devoted life to educating others by creating a formal public organisation called Sunmitra Education and is now working as its Managing director. Invented the most successful education CDs in India known as 'Yaksha' for competitive entrance examinations and 'Abhigyan' for science learning by using the innovative CANDLE or Click AND Drag LEarning approach. Is also a trained memory specialists who has trained who has trained many students as well as old age people to increase confidence in their memories. Also innovated the Challenge Learning Approach of education where questions are asked in a way to provide learning. Is a strong supporter of collaborative education movement worldwide.
Practicing Yoga for last 49 years. A disciple of Jagadguru Swami Satyanand Saraswati Ji, Thiruanantpuram, Kerala
Has been awarded the qualification of 'Yog vidya Vichacshana' by Shri Shri Ram Das Mission.
Earlier retired as Chief Engineer with a power company in India.
Has trained and treated thousands of people in the corporates and in public life.