Yoga is the favorite exercise of millions of people, as it provides countless health benefits, relaxes and soothes the mind, and makes them feel much better. It is even scientifically confirmed that the regular practice of yoga boosts the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Boosting the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system promotes relaxation and is in charge of the ‘rest and digest’ mode of the body. Yoga is as effective as, or even better, than any other traditional physical exercise, and it also reduces stress.
It can also help you target your mental well-being, and treat memory issues, depression, and anxiety. You will also boost your awareness through the breathing patterns, meditation, and simple gestures.
We will present 8 essential hand mudras in order to treat your problems. You can perform them anytime as they do not take much time and can be done in the commodity of your home.
What are Mudras?
Mudras are hand and finger gestures which are used during meditation or yoga breathing exercises. However, they involve the whole body, not only the hands and fingers. They stimulate different brain areas and also control the flow of energy in the body. Moreover, in the esoteric context, each finger represents one natural element, that is the fire, air, earth, water, and ether (space).
8 Mudras to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Migraines
1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge
It enhances concentration, improves memory, helps with insomnia, and stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands. Touch the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb, stretching the other 2 fingers, or keep them bent. Perform the mudra in the morning for optimal results, while you sit, stand, or lie down.
2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air
This mudra releases excess air from the stomach and can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.
Description: There are three bones in each of the fingers called the phalanges (thumb only has two). Fold your index finger and place the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx (the bone close to the tip of the finger). The thumb comes over the index finger, and you should feel slight pressure. The other three fingers remain as stretched as possible.
Other Instructions: This mudra can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach. To relieve the pain, hold it for 45 minutes and do it regularly. Once you achieve the desired benefits, you should stop with it as prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.
3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth
4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire
The mudra of fire treats anxiety, weight issues, and digestion issues, and stimulates the activity of the thyroid gland. Perform this mudra on an empty stomach in the morning.
Instructions: Bend your ring finger and place the base of the thumb on its second bone. The other three fingers should be stretched.
5. Varun Mudra – Mudra of Water
It provides numerous benefits for the skin, moisturizes it, and regulates the fluids in the body.
Instructions: You should slightly touch the tips of the thumb and little finger, and keep the other fingers stretched out.
To prevent dehydration, you should not press the nail of the little finger. You can perform it anytime during the day while sitting. Also, avoid it in the case of asthma or other respiratory issues.
6. Shunya Mudra – Mudra of Emptiness
This is a great mudra to be performed if you have earaches or hearing issues. Bend the middle finger and put the thumb over it, pressing the distal phalanx (bone close to the tip of the finger) of the middle one with the base of the thumb. Stretch out the other fingers. Focus on alleviating the ache. Stop performing it once the pain goes away.
7. Prana Mudra – Mudra of Life
As the name suggests, this is a very important mudra and balances the body’s energy. It revitalizes the body and improves its immunity. It can also be used for insomnia, problems with eyesight and when fasting as it reduces hunger pangs.
Directions: Touch the tip of your thumb with the tips of the little and ring finger. The other two fingers are kept straight.
Other Instructions: The mudra can be practiced any time of the day; if performed regularly, it will make you feel more active.
8. Apanu Vaya Mudra – Mudra of the Heart
This mudra is of great help for people who have suffered a heart attack, as it significantly strengthens the heart.
Instructions: You should touch the tip of the thumb with the tips of the middle finger and ring finger. The index finger should touch the base of the thumb and press a bit, while the little finger is stretched out. Hold for 15 minutes and perform it daily.