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 body and mind.
There are 8 basic gestures, and when you see what they can do, you'll be trying them right
1. Gyan Mudra
This gesture increases the air element, and to help with enthusiasm,
creative thinking, and drowsiness.
2. Vaayu Mudra
This is intended to decrease the air element
and to help people with an overanxious mind. It is good for aggressive and hyperactive people
3. Aakash Mudra
This gesture 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
This gesture decreases the space element, and helps with pain in the ear.
5. Prithvi Mudra
This gesture increases the earth element and decreases the fire element. It also
relieves fatigue and help muscles heal.
6. Surya Mudra
This gesture increases the fire element,
while decreasing the earth. It is “ideal” for those with suppressed thyroid activity.
7. Varun Mudra
This gesture increases the water element. It will aid with painful joints, arthritis, and
8. Jal Shaamak Mudra
This gesture decreases the water element, and is good for those
who have excessive sweat glands, runny noses, and watery eyes. These basic hand gestures can
help your body function right, and you can practice them even while sitting at your desk!