3 Yoga Mudras Explained

Posted on 03 July 2019

Most of us are familiar with the benefits of yoga - improved flexibility and balance, more physical strength, clearness of mind, and coordination.


But the ancient practice offers much more for us, so long as we are willing to reach out and take it. This is where yoga mudras come in.


But what are mudras and what benefits do they offer? Let’s find out.


What Are Yoga Mudras


In essence, a mudra is a hand gesture which helps guide energy to different regions of the brain. Different areas of our hands are connected with different parts of the brain, and practicing mudras helps us establish unique energy circuits within the body.


This helps deliver numerous health benefits, as well as bring about different states of mind. 


Yoga mudras are often done in conjunction with different breathing techniques to increase the flow of prana (life force) within the body.


So, the next time you roll out your yoga mat, try one of these three mudras:


Ganesh Mudra


The Ganesh mudra is done by clasping your hands together in front of your chest with your elbows flared out, which is said to represent protection and the strength to overcome obstacles in life. 


Notable benefits of the mudra include strengthening of the heart, boosting one’s confidence, releasing tension from the upper back and neck, lifting one’s spirit, and building the courage to face life head-on.


Dhyana Mudra


This mudra is used during meditation and is done by placing both hands on your lap with your right hand over the left with palms facing up. The connection of the thumbs is said to represent the connection between a man and a woman. 


Notable benefits of dhyana mudra include healing and improved concentration. It is also used to bring peace within the mind and is said to help balance the left and right side of the brain.


Chin Mudra


Chin stands for consciousness in Sanskrit, and the mudra is performed by holding your thumb and index finger together with the remaining three fingers extended out. The index finger represents self, and the thumb represents consciousness. Bringing them together symbolizes the union between self and universal consciousness.

The mudra is often used to build patience and discipline, as well as to improve one’s awareness, concentration, and overall mood. Chin mudra is also used by many to increase creativity and rid the body of dull energy.

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