I’ve been aware of yoga mudras for a while but I hadn’t looked into it in any depth until recently. I guess it was a sign from the Universe that I was ready to learn about using healing yoga mudras because I kept coming across information about it.
If you’re interested in learning about using healing yoga mudras to help keep your body in good health, this article will give you the basic information you need to get started.
If you prefer to watch videos, this YouTube video gives a great overview:
The Basic Principles of Using Healing Yoga Mudras
Yoga mudras are an ancient practice that works to balance the five elements of the body.
This practice maintains that everything in the Universe consists of the five elements, including the human body.
These five elements are:
If there exists an imbalance of any of these elements within the body (either an increase or decrease) this can allow for various diseases to manifest in the physical body.
The energy centers (or chakras) in our bodies are connected to a specific finger on our hand. When we perform a mudra (positioning our fingers in a specific way) we create a flow of energy that helps to re-balance the bodily elements.
As you can see from the image below, each finger represents a specific element.
Your thumb represents fire or Agni
Your forefinger represents air or Vayu
Your middle finger represents ether/space or Akasha
Your ring finger represents earth or Prithvi
Your little finger represents water or Jala
Using healing yoga mudras – How to balance each element
The fire element is the body’s metabolism and converts the energy we consume into making new bodily cells. Because fire has transformative properties, the thumb is used in each mudra to balance the other elements.
Before beginning a mudra practice, sit or lie in a comfortable position with your palms facing upward.
How to balance the air element
The air element is responsible for any physical movement or mental activity.
If you have an increase in the air element in your body, you may experience some of the following ailments:
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Gas and other gastric issues
- Stress, anxiety and tension
If you have a decrease in the air element, you may experience:
- Weak or thin bones (osteoporosis) and joints
- Hair thinning or loss
- Weak and brittle teeth, or tooth decay
You can balance the air element in your body by doing the Chin Mudra.
To do this, simply touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger, while keeping your other three fingers as straight as possible.
This is one of the most important mudras and you will find it helps with stabilizing the mind and allowing for mental clarity, calming strong emotions, reducing stress and giving relief from insomnia due to a racing mind.
How to balance the ether/space element
The space element relates to the spaces and cavities that exist within the human body.
If you have an increase in the space element in your body, you may experience:
- Issues with your heart
- Deformed bones
If you have a decrease in the space element, you may have:
- Loss of feeling/sensation in certain parts of your body
- Hearing problems
- Speech issues
To balance the space element you use the Akash Mudra.
To perform the Akash mudra, simply touch the tip of your middle finger to the tip of your thumb while keeping the other fingers straight.
This mudra is beneficial to anyone with issues relating to their heart, with poor eyesight or with high blood pressure. It will help to strengthen your bones and it is said to increase your spiritual capacity.
How to balance the earth element
The earth element is represented in our bodies as sections such as the muscles.
If we have an increase in the earth element, we may experience the following issues:
- Weight gain/obesity
- Increased fat around the abdomen
- Sagging of the buttocks and breasts
- General flabbiness
- Scrofula (inflammation of the lymph nodes in the neck)
- Glandular swelling
- Cough or bronchial conditions
If we have a decrease in the earth element, we can experience the following conditions:
- Weakened muscles and body aches
- Joint pain
- General fatigue
- Back pain
- Enlargement of the spleen
To balance the earth element we use the Prithvi Mudra.
To perform the Prithvi mudra, simply touch the tip of your ring finger to the tip of your thumb while keeping the other fingers straight.
This mudra is great for reducing any type of physical weakness, it also helps to maintain a healthy body weight, remove toxins from your body and solve digestive issues.
How to balance the water element
All forms of liquid in the body are made from the water element.
An increase in the water element in the body can elicit:
- Water retention
- Excessive sleep
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bronchial asthma
A decrease in the water element results in:
- Increased thirst
- Dry skin
- Cardiac pain
- Burning sensation in genital area
To balance the water element in your body, use the Varun Mudra.
To perform the Varun mudra, simply touch the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb while keeping the other fingers straight.
When should you do the mudras?
The best part of this healing modality is that it can be done by anyone, anywhere and at anytime.
It’s advised that you avoid using healing yoga mudras until 2 hours after a large meal, as up until that time the body will be busy using its energy for digestion.
You can choose to sit in a yogic pose while performing the mudras, but they can also be done in a comfortable sitting or lying position.
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How to use the mudras
If you are using healing yoga mudras as a preventative measure, you should hold each of the mudras for 15-20 minutes, while in a meditative state and observing your breathing.
If you are trying to heal a specific ailment, use the appropriate mudra and hold it for 30 minutes. Follow this by holding the Prana Mudra for 15 minutes.
The Prana mudra is performed by bending the ring finger and the little finger to meet the tip of the thumb. The other two fingers are kept straight. Click here for a demonstration.
The Prana mudra is also known as the ‘mudra of life’ and it is said to help boost the immune system, improve eyesight and remove vitamin deficiency and fatigue.
If you find that your fingers keep disconnecting during your mudra practice, you can vary the pose by placing the tip of the thumb over the finger nail to hold it in place. This will keep the flow of energy going as you build up to a greater awareness of your body over time.
Using healing yoga mudras in combination with crystals
Mudras help to balance and restore our mind, body and spirit. Crystals can also be used for the same purpose and some healing practitioners suggest using them in conjunction with mudras to intensify the healing possibilities.
Click here for a great article on which crystals to use for specific mudras.
What’s your experience?
Have you used yoga mudras to heal your body? I’d love to hear your story in the comments section below.