Yoga and acupuncture are very popular in the western world as a way to treat certain aches and pains. Mudra is less known, yet a very effective practice. Mudras are certain hand positions that are designed to stimulate different parts of your body and mind..
Originating in India, these Mudras are designed to stimulate all parts of the mind and body. There are eight basic hand positions and when you see what they can do, you’ll want to give them a try.
1. Gyan Mudra
This position increases the air element, and to help with enthusiasm, creative thinking, and drowsiness.
2. Vaayu Mudra
This position is intended to decrease the air element and to help people with an overanxious mind. It is good for aggressive and hyperactive people as well.
3. Aakash Mudra
This hand position aims to increase the space element, and to relieve fear, sorrow, anger, and congestive issues. It also detoxifies the body from metabolic waste.
4. Shunya Mudra
Decreases the space element, and helps with pain in the ear.
5. Prithvi Mudra
This position increases the earth element and decreases the fire element. It also relieves fatigue and help muscles heal.
6. Surya Mudra
This position increases the fire element, while decreasing the earth. It is “ideal” for those with suppressed thyroid activity.
7. Varun Mudra
This hand position increases the water element. It will aid with painful joints, arthritis, and cramps.
8. Jal Shaamak Mudra
Decreases the water element, and is good for those who have excessive sweat glands, runny noses, and watery eyes.
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