Mudras for the Road

Mudras are gestures or positions that in conjunction with Yoga, meditation and breathing help stimulate different parts of the body allowing energy to flow. This energy release can produce health benefits to the mind and body. Most mudras involve hands and fingers positions. We are all familiar with the “praying hands” position called Anjali Mudra or “Namaste” but there are many other mudras and combinations. Mudras can be practiced at all times while sitting, standing, lying or even walking. You don’t necessarily have to be in a Yogi position and you can do them anywhere without drawing too much attention.

During my long road trips, I practice mudras while meditating in silence just being aware of the road and everything surrounding me. On the road, time is on my side and I use that time to synchronize with myself. You can practice with one hand or both and the longer is practiced the better usually 15 minutes or more. Of course start little and then add more time as you progress.

Gyan Mudra enhances knowledge. Effective in cases of mental ailment, imparts happiness, the intellect develops, and memory is sharpened. Join the tips of the index finger and thumb and keep the other 3 fingers stretched and joined.

Shoonya Mudra Relief in diseases and pains relating to the ear. Press the middle finger on the base of the thumb and keep the thumb on middle finger. Keep the other three fingers straight.

Apaan Mudra Helps with digestion clearing the body by elimination of waste matter from the mouth, eyes, ears, nose etc. Helps when urine is obstructed, reduces constipation. Join the tip of the thumb with the tip of middle and ring finger, keeping the other finger straight.

Prithvi Mudra (mudra of earth) Reduce physical weakness. One experiences happiness. Join the tip of the thumb and ring finger.

Prana Mudra Helps in pumping the life force into your body. It’s called mudra of life. Beneficial for all types of diseases. Imparts special power to the eyes. Join the tip of the thumb with tip of little and ring finger. Keeping other two fingers straight.

Vayu Mudra Helps in diseases like arthritis, trembling in Parkinson’s disease. Better results obtained if practices after Prana mudra. Also known as the mudra of air. Press the index finger on the base of thumb and keep the thumb on the index finger. Let the other fingers be straight.

Varun Mudra (mudra of water) improves the deteriorated quality of blood due to shortage of water & gives freshness to the body. Join the tip of the thumb and little finger.

Ling Mudra (mudra of heat) Produces heat in the body and helps in curing cold and cough. Interlock the fingers of both hands together. Keeping the left thumb up (encircled by right thumb and index finger) i.e. left thumb should be vertically straight and right thumb around it.

Meditation should be part of your daily regimen of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth. It’s a time to recharge your body, heal your emotions, enhance mental awareness and enrich your soul. Whether I am on the road or at home, I set aside time to meditate, to reconnect with myself. Problems cause stress and the accumulation of stress can lead to a physical and emotional breakdown. However, with meditation along with Yoga poses and Mudras anyone can live a balanced life.