What are Yoga Mudras?

By The Spiritual Explorer | Published 1 February, 2017

The answer to what is a yoga mudra is to see some holy person perform an intricate gesture with his hands and in that moment, feel the effect it has on one’s meditation. I remember meeting a guru who in the midst of some confusion suddenly put his hands together in some configuration and immediately, the atmosphere changed to one of peace. For that reason these hand gestures are known as powerful yoga mudras.

What are yoga mudras?

Mudras. Yoga in Your Hands

Yoga mudras are positions of the body that have some kind of influence on the energies of the body or your mind. Mostly the hands and fingers are held in some position. But the whole body may be part of the yoga mudras as well. In that respect, I have heard stories of famous yogis contorting themselves into a position that could properly be termed a powerful yoga mudra. The effect of that yoga mudra was felt deeply and spiritually.

When does one perform yoga mudras?

Most people know yoga mudras through their own sittings. One sits in the lotus position or with crossed legs. Then one places both hands on the knees with the tip of the thumb and index finger joining.

Alternatively, one can place the fingers of one hand on top of the other hand in the lap. It is customary to have the palm of the right hand resting on the left palm. Surprisingly, when we join our hands together in a Namaste position that is also known as a yoga mudra. I think we can all recognize the moment of peace that emanates from that powerful mudra.

Some very powerful yoga mudras are performed spontaneously by many people when deep in a meditative state. In that place of stillness, it is often seen that people naturally assume some type of mudras consistent with their meditation. It has often been said of very holy types that they undergo spontaneous yoga mudras demonstrations.

There are many Buddhist statues that can be seen performing yoga mudras. While mudras are used as a spiritual practice on the way to enlightenment, I am also told that there are some that can be used to eliminate physical ailments.

When does one use yoga mudras?

It is well advised to use mudras for at least a couple of minutes. Even 15 minutes is a good time to hold mudras. But in truth there are no true times for effective mudras holding.

It is also suggested that both hands are used when doing yoga mudras. This is more powerful than doing a mudra with one hand. Some mudras are simple enough so that you can stealthily do them inside your pocket so that others do not see your practice.

It so wonderful that you can access your spirituality at any time of the day just by doing a simple unobtrusive yoga mudra.

A wonderful kundalini exercise for performing yoga mudras involves four yoga mudras that balance energy in a sequence.

Alternatively touch the tips of each finger with the tip of your thumb. Keep each connected for few seconds or longer. You can perform this with both hands simultaneously. The overall effect is that you get calmer, more relaxed and concentrated.

The separate yoga mudras have the following effects:

  1. Thumb touches tip of index finger (shown above)
    This opens the root chakra and moves energy to the legs and lower body. It makes one calmer and more concentrated.
  2. Thumb touches tip of middle finger
    This brings patience.
  3. Thumb touches tip of ring finger
    Energy, stability and self-confidence
  4. Thumb touches tip of pinky finger
    More intuition and feeling.

Performing these yoga mudras at any time of the day promises to bring peace and comfort during days of stress. Good luck.

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