Walking, jogging, going to the gym, yoga, aerobics are  some of the forms which people choose as a means of keeping good health. But there is yet another way for keeping fit, especially if you are hard pressed for time. Mudras offer the perfect way to health and are an excellent remedy for many of today’s lifestyle associated diseases and problems What is a mudra ? A mudrā is a Sanskrit word meaning “seal” and is described in Hindu scriptures. It is a “spiritual gesture” and energetic “seal of authenticity” employed in spiritual practice in Hinduism and in classical Indian dances. There are over 200 mudras in the dance form of Bharatnatyam and over 250 in the dance form of Mohiniattam.
In general terms,  a mudra is  a symbolic or ritual gesture. While some mudrās involve the entire body, most are performed with both the hand and the fingers. Along with āsanas (“seated postures”), they are employed statically in meditation and dynamically in Nātya practice of Hinduism. The Nātyaśāstra  lists 28 asayuta (“separated”, meaning “one-hand”) and 24 sayuta (“joined”, meaning “two-hand”) mudrās. While in classcical Indian dances, each mudra has a very specific meaning, in spiritual and health practices each mudrā has a specific effect on the practitioner and these effects are very powerful and beneficial. If you practice these mudras regularly you can experience some amazing benefits for yourself. Here are a few mudras you can try out.

Name of Mudra Method Effects Time Duration Benifits
Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge)  Bend the forefinger to touch the tip of the thumb
and let the other three fingers remain stretched out.
As it its name — a mudra of knowledge – denotes, it
enhances knowledge. The tip of the thumb has an influence on the
pituitary and endocrine glands. When you press the tip of the thumb with
the forefinger, the working of the two glands is streamlined.
You can practice this mudra anytime, or as long as you
like and in whatever position you find comfortable — sitting, standing
or lying down.
 Increases memory power and sharpens the brainEnhances concentration and prevents In
Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air) Keep the forefinger on the
base of the thumb and press with thumb. Let the other three fingers
remain stretched out.
It prevents all diseases
caused by imbalance of air in the body.
If you practice this mudra for
45 minutes, it will contribute to reducing the severity of a disease in
12 to 24 hours. To obtain better results, it should be practiced for at
least two months.
It contributes to curing Rheumatism,
Arthritis, Gout, Parkinson’s disease and paralysisIt is useful in cases of  Cervical Spondilytis, Face paralysis and
‘cricks’ in the  neckIt corrects gas disorder in the stomach.
Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life) Bend the ring finger and
little finger and touch the tip of thumb with their tips. Let the other
two fingers remain stretched out.
Being the mudra of life, it
improves the power of life. If  practiced regularly, it makes one more
active.  Weak people become strong. It also reduces ‘clamps’ in blood
One can practice it any time,
for any duration with which one is comfortable.
It improves immunityIt Improves the power of the eyes and reduces eye related
problems and diseases.

It removes  vitamin deficiency and fatigue.

Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness) Bend  the middle finger and
bring it down to the mount of Venus (see illustration). Then press the
bent ginger with the thumb. Let the other three fingers remain stretched
It reduces lethargy in your
You can practice it for 40 to
60 minutes daily.
It  contributes to relieving an earache
within 4 or 5 minutes It makes you feel more energetic.
Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun) Bend the ring finger and press
it with the thumb. Let the other three fingers remain stretched out.
It sharpens the center in the
thyroid gland.
Practice it twice daily for 5
to 15 minutes.
It reduces cholesterol in the body and
helps inreducing weightIt reduces anxietyIt corrects indigestion problems.
Apana Mudra (Mudra of Digestion) Bend The tips of the middle
finger and  the ring finger and touch the tip of thumb. Let the other
two fingers remain stretched out.
It plays an important role in
as it regulates the excretory system.
Minimum daily practice time
recommended is 45 minutes, but practicing it for longer time yields more
It regulates diabetesIt cures constipation and piles

It helps in excreting normal waste regularly.


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