By Linda Anastasia Ransom and Sharon Story
What are Mudras?
Mudras are gestures or positions, usually performed with the hands and fingers, that act as “locks” to guide energy flows and reflexes to the brain during meditation and yoga practice. Mudras have been used for thousands of years to assist in meditation and healing. When we practice mudras they become an outward representation of one’s inward intentions. There are many different mudras and it is said that meditating on a specific mudra will help manifest certain hopes, energies, or devotions into your life. Mudras are a way to see what we want to be and what we need most.
Easy Mudras to use and remember
Anjali or Namaste Mudra: Reference
Placement: Place the palms together with the hands in front of the chest.
Benefits: Offering of reverence. Respecting all differences. To show respect, humble oneself, and surrender to the beauty of life.
Guyan Mudra: Mudra of Knowledge and Wisdom
Placement: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pointer finger.
Benefits: Inner strength, self-worth, confidence, wisdom, higher self-knowledge, love, unity with the divine of your choice.
Shuni Mudra: Mudra of the Seal of Patience
Placement: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger.
Benefits: Facilitates patience, responsibility, balance; calms emotions;promotes discernment and commitment.
Surya Mudra: Mudra of the Sun and Earth
Placement: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the ring finger.
Benefits: Balances the physical body, health, life energy, relationship to others and family; helps find trust and security; helps one adjust to change or disruption in life.
Buddhi Mudra: Mudra of Liquid and Flowing Systems of the Body
Placement: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinky finger.
Benefits: Promotes communication, inner calmness, creativity; elevates mood; helps to discern intuitive messages. Purifies the kidneys and adrenal glands, balances the water element in the body, activates the salivary glands, and provides moisture to the skin and eyes.