Mudras offer a subtle but transformative healing practice. The Sanskrit word “mudra” means “gesture,” and mudras are gestures of the hand that can influence the vital energy known as prana, which circulates throughout the body. By forming a loop between the chosen fingers, each mudra influences the flow of energy in the body, restoring balance and good health.
By folding, crossing, and stretching the fingers, and using the fingertips to form and hold the prescribed mudra positions, we create beneficial effects in different parts of the body. This is because several of our nerves terminate in our fingers and a significant amount of energy flows at the fingertips. When the fingertips touch each other, an electromagnetic circuit is created, and it triggers a distinct energy movement. This energy stimulates corresponding centers in the brain. The brain then triggers the concerned organs, and there is an effect felt in the body.
When the mudras are held for some time, they can be used as a focused healing practice. Mudras favor the successful integration between the two sides of the brain, which is necessary for improving all brain processes including those for reading, writing, academic achievement, motor skill development, and all other higher-order cognitive processes.
According to the theory, each finger corresponds to one of the five essential elements that make up the human system — fire, air, space, earth, and water.
The 5 fingers are each connected to one specific element:
Mudras can be introduced into our daily lives, and are easily practiced in the workplace to revitalize and rejuvenate the body and mind.
Rules of Mudra
When the tip of the thumb joins the tip of the other fingers,
the respective elements is balanced.
When the tip of any finger touches the base of the thumb,
the strength of the respective elements is reduced.
By touching the thumb at the base of the other fingers,
the respective elements are increased in the body.
Mudras with palms facing upwards will receive energy.
Mudras with palms facing downward will keep you grounded.