|How to do it:Start by "washing" your hands as explained above, add symbols if wanted. Sit with a straight back. Create the sacred OM mudra by connecting the index finger with the thumb on the same hand (both hands). The thumb is the gateway to Divine Will (represented by the Crown Chakra) and the index finger is the Ego (represented by the Navel Chakra). As you do this Mudra you can do an affirmation or just chant OM (pronounced AUM). If doing the affirmation say to yourself when you breathe in: "I am one with the Universe" and as you breathe out "The Universe and I are one". This mudra is very good when your life is in need of peace and tranquility.|
|The Smiling Buddha MudraThis is one of my favorites and you might have seen this mudra also in paintings and statues. This is a gesture and exercise of happiness as it opens the flow of energy to the heart.|
How to do it:Sit comfortably either with crossed legs or on a straight backed chair. Bend ring and little fingers, pressing them down with the thumbs, keeping index and middle fingers straight (be comfortable do not force the fingers straight), palms forward. Elbows in towards the body (as far as it feels comfortable for you) and keep a 30 degree angle between the upper arms and forearms, keep the forearms parallel to each other.
Concentrate on your Third Eye and mentally chant (at the Third Eye) Sa Ta Na Ma ("Sa" - Infinity, "Ta" - Life, Existence, "Na" - Death, "Ma" - Rebirth, Light). Can be done without the chant but try to at least concentrate on your Third Eye.
Keep elbows in towards your body and your chest out (straight back). Continue for about 10 minutes, then inhale deeply, exhale, open and close the fists several times, and relax. Enjoy the experience!
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I don't know if this can be called a Mudra as it is a Qi Gong exercise that I learnt a long time ago. The effects and technique are certainly similar. This Mudra can be done anywhere as there is no preparation needed and it can be done discreetly.
As mentioned above your fingers corresponds to the five elements but they also correspond to emotions and the major organs. On the outside and inside (not top and bottom!) of your fingers run the meridians and there are several acupuncture points located here. These are represented by the black dots on the first picture.
By pressing or squeezing the sides of the fingers, according to your needs, you can affect both the emotion and the corresponding organ. This is how the fingers work:
Mudras attract cosmic energy into the microcosm and arouse the etheric body's latent energy into awakened activity. These awakened energies manifest as magnetic and electrical force, depending on their form. Like the physical body, the etheric body has its own "nervous system,” or channels, conveying prana (life force) and other energies of etheric origin. In yoga teachings, these channels are called nadis. Every mudra clears some of these nadis from impurities and psychic toxins.
Mudras benefit the mind, body, psyche and bio-magnetic fields in a variety of ways:
• Health: The power of mudras clears the subtle channels and psychic centers in the etheric body, allowing life force to flow unhampered to the organs and all parts of the body.
• I.Q. improvement: As the physical cleansing process takes place, clarity of mind is attained, and the mental faculties are considerably enhanced, making it possible for the innate soul-intelligence to express itself with greater intensity.
• Enhancing and expanding the aura: The magnetism produced by the mudras cleanses the bio-magnetic field of the body, empowers it with greater vitality and forms a protective shield against negative forces.
• Expansion of consciousness: As a result of the cleansing process and the activation of shakti (feminine creative principle) in the form of kundalini energy, one's consciousness is transformed, transcending ordinary awareness.
• Acquisition of siddhis/powers/attainments: The Gherand Sanhita and the Vajrayana Tantra (ancient hatha yoga and Buddhist texts) advise that the practice of mudras can bestow great powers and psychic abilities, called siddhis, on their practitioners.
• Transformation and regeneration: The overall effect of the constant practice of mudras is the complete transformation and regeneration of the mind-body principle and a spiritual expansion of the consciousness.
The human body is made up of five elements, and each finger represents one of the five elements:
• Thumb (fire): The thumb is the symbol of divine energy, energy that flows through our bodies unconditioned by our subconscious patterning or karmic complexities. The thumb is the symbol of will power, the power that can be drawn upon by our willing (not willfulness) consciousness.
• Index finger (air): The index finger is known as the Jupiter finger and is the symbol of our ego personality. It symbolizes energies controlled by subconscious mind patternings, and these energies produce expansion.
• Middle finger (ether/sky): The middle finger, symbolizing the Saturn force, is the most karmic or the most conditioned energies. This finger is utilized only in those mudras that require heavy, stabilizing forces.
• Ring finger (earth): The ring finger symbolizes the Sun’s energies. These energies relate to the strength of an individual.
• Little finger (water): The little finger is known as the Mercury finger. It emanates energies that are important in the unfolding of the intellect and of business. When combined in different ways, forming different mudras, they balance the ratio and proportion of that element in the body. When pressed at the tip, the element is increased. When pressed under thumb, the element is neutralized. When pressed at the base of the finger, the element is decreased.
Mudras can be practiced for a minimum of 30 seconds up to 45 minutes daily. The practice can be spread out over three times a day for convenience or depending on your capacity. Let your intuition function here. It will tell you when you are ready to stop or continue with a succeeding mudra, if required.
- Mudras are to be performed with both hands at the same time, unless otherwise specified.
- Fingers should remain comfortable during the procedure and not held stiffly or tight
(b) Index finger
(c) Middle finger
(d) Ring finger
(e) Little finger
Space or ether element
Now, we would learn various hastamudras as follows–
It is beneficial for improving memory and concentration and nervous system.It also prevents headache, loss of sleep, tension, anxiety, depression and fears. It helps in spiritual attainments.
This hastamudra is helpful for health problems like Gastro problems, joint pains, backache, sciatica and arthritis.
It is beneficial for removing all ear problems, vomiting and vertigo.
This hastamudra is helpful for health problems like deafness, vomiting, vertigo and thyroid problems.
It is beneficial for removing all digestive problems and helps to gain weight.
This hastamudra is helpful for health problems like diabetes, liver problems, reduces cholesterol levels and strengthens the body.
It is beneficial for removing all blood related problems, skin as well as urinary problems.
It is beneficial for removing acidity, reducing high blood pressure, curing Asthma and all cardiac problems. It gives instant relief in heart attack.
It is beneficial for removing kidney stones, kidney problems, piles and helps in removing all toxins from the body.
It is beneficial for removing eye and nerves related problems. It energises the body and balances vitamins in the body.
It removes stress and cures high blood pressure problem.
It is beneficial for removing cough, curing common cold, asthma, esinophelia, sinus and low blood pressure problem. You must take enough liquids like fruit juice, milk or water after doing this mudra.