What is a mudra?
You may have heard of mudras or practised some of them in a yoga class.
Mudras come from Buddhism and Hinduism and are different hand gestures that are very symbolic. Mudras lock and guide energy flow through the body and mind.
Krys Hansen from Practise Wellness shares 4 mudras that can be added to any meditation practice.
|Shankh Mudra, also known as Shell Mudra, is the energetic version of the conch shell which is blown before devotional rituals. Use this mudra in your meditation to clear and purify the energy around you, and generate calm. It is also a powerful mudra for the throat chakra and should be practised by chanting OM three times at the start of your meditation. To practise, wrap the fingers of your right hand around your left thumb, then touch the right thumb to the tip of the middle finger of the left hand. Hold your hands to your chest, and Om Om Om...|
|Prithivi Mudra. Perfect for clearing weakness from the root chakra, Prithivi Mudra helps you to feel emotionally and physically grounded and strong. Practice this mudra for at least 20 minutes and take your meditation outside as this mudra is about nature and the elements. Breathe the open air deeply and reconnect with the divine. Find your balance, find your roots and find your joy in the act of simply being alive.|
|Matangi Mudra. This mudra draws the breath to the solar plexus and engages the wood and earth elements. As you breath think of new beginnings deeper inhalations. To practice bring the middle fingers together and interlace the other fingers so the right little finger is to the outside. Hold the mudra in front of your stomach and focus only on the breath for at least five minutes.|
|Mushti Mudra means business. If you have frustrations, anger, tension, or aggression to work out, this is your meditation partner. To release these feelings sit in meditation with Mushti mudra and repeat 'I feel quiet and at peace'. Anger and aggression are not shameful emotions - how we process and release them says a lot though. Aim for controlled and light-hearted expression rather than wild release or suppression. To practice curl your fingers into your palm and press the thumb onto the ring finger. Spend 15 minutes with this mudra, three times during the day.|