Your confidence is in your hands

An entire system is dedicated to Mudra Vigyan in the yogic sciences. These sciences talk about how the palms of the hand and each finger in them can correspond to each of the five elements that constitute this body. While the thumb represents fire, the index finger represents air. Likewise, the middle finger stands for ether or space, the ring finger for earth and the little finger for water.

Radhika Iyer Talati, who’s the founder of Raa Foundation and Anahata Organics, has been a yoga practitioner and teacher for over 12 years now. Radhika, who’s also a yogini, mountaineer and philanthropist shares, “The energy I feel in my hands and fingers every time I practice an asana or mudra connects me to the energy of the micro cosmos itself. Practicing asanas or even dhyana (focus) with mudras have helped me activate the subtle body within. It has helped me maintain my level of balance and increase both my mental as well as physical strength.”

The yogini shares five mudras or finger positions that, when practiced, can deepen attention span, build confidence and enhance well-being.

“Make sure you wear comfortable clothes so you can focus on the mudras. Find a quiet spot every time you start the practice. Fix a time slot to help you sit or lie down with the mudra practice every day,” says Radhika.

Gyan Mudra
A common yogic mudra, this mudra, like its name suggests, helps increase one’s concentration, knowledge and memory. It can be practiced while sitting, standing or sleeping, as long as one’s spine is straight. Holding the gyan mudra while meditating will help stimulate positive thoughts.

To do the mudra, simply touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger, keeping the rest of the fingers stretched out and relaxed. Once you are settled in this position, focus on the breath.

Buddhi Mudra
Practiced by yogis for centuries, this mudra helps increase mental clarity in the practitioner. It’s specifically positioned to read into your intuitive mind, interpret dreams and strengthen deep meditation practices. The buddhi mudra sharpens the intellect, improves communication and calms the mind relieving it of anxious thoughts.

Practice this mudra by touching your thumb to the pinky finger, while holding your other three fingers straight. Remember to keep your spine erect and the shoulders relaxed. Breathe consciously, focusing your attention on the breath.

Prithvi Mudra
This mudra helps ground you. It connects the practitioner with earth (prithvi), helping one achieve a balanced and fulfilling life. Practice this mudra for 20 minutes three days a week to strengthen the body, reduce fatigue and keep yourself grounded and calm.

Touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your ring finger while keeping the other three fingers extended. It helps increase confidence, safety and security. This mudra is also highly beneficial in helping relieve joint pains and muscle stiffness.

Vayu Mudra
This mudra of the vayu or the air element in the body helps regulate the movement of air inside. Practicing the vayu mudra is known to help get rid of diseases that occur due to the imbalance caused by air. Practising this mudra consciously helps expand your breathing, make the spine more flexible and eliminate shortness of breath. Particularly helpful for patients of arthritis, the vayu mudra is a miraculous cure.

To practice this mudra, roll your index finger towards your thumb so that its tip touches the mound of your thumb. The other three fingers should be stretched out. Do not confuse this to the gyan mudra.

Karana Mudra
This mudra is practiced to channelize the flow of vital life force energy or ‘prana’ in the body. The practice of karana mudra helps dispel negativity, anxiety, fear and depression. It helps increase positivity, happiness and contentment. Yogic gurus use this hand gesture widely to cultivate a strong aura around them. The vibration created with this mudra has the power to eliminate negative prana from one’s body, mind and spirit.

Sit with your back straight, gently drawing the right hand towards the heart with the palm facing forward. The index and little fingers are extended upwards while the other two middle fingers are folded to be held by the tip of the thumb.


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