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18 aprile 2015

Mudra and Nadis


Mudras are Seals of Nadis

From various spiritual traditions and from Hatha Yoga many mudras are known and practiced for various purposes. For Kriya Yoga and the path of Love to God only a few select ones are needed. These are listed here and described either here or in the appropriate chapter.

We will have a look at one well known mudra - Yoni Mudra used to reduce distraction and to increase harmony and balance within during the beginning years of meditation practices. Below we have a graphic showing a hand with its typical and most important chakras.

Each fingertip has one chakra and near the center of the palm of your hand there are two chakras shown - one to receive, the other one to send LOVE. Hence the word "healing touch". Of course there are many more chakras in the fingers. Each finger tip has one receiving and one sending chakras. The receiving is used for sensing metaphysical energies - like illnesses in a body (lightbody) and more. Some of the shown point below are well known in acupuncture as acupuncture points as well. Most of the acupuncture points are small chakras.

The next graphic below shows the other 5 points to seal with these fingers to perform Yoni Mudra. They are at these exact locations. When becoming sensitive for metaphysical energy as a result of advanced spiritual progress on Your path to God, your will start to sense thousands of minor chakras and nadis on your body. The one chakra right on top of your eye - actually exactly inside your pupils is very strong. 

It radiates a "light-beam" similar to a infrared light beam. to read (received) and to send it sometimes is called the door to your soul. Looking in someone's eyes creates a deep and intense contact between the two souls. It is a good practice to look into other persons eyes as it helps to send and receive Love between the two souls and hence to dissolve anything that might be between the two souls that could separate them due to their present ego.

Performing this mudra facilitates peace within by reducing the distraction from outside. As these chakras are used to receive information from the metaphysical world surrounding you, this information received may cause turmoil within you - by causing your emotions to boil or your thoughts to jump.

Using the proper 5 fingers in the right positions of your head - on both sides simultaneously of course - creates more peace within. this is commonly used to enhance the progress and improve the results in achieving deep and silent meditations during the beginning years of meditation-practices.

Yoni Mudra is done with both hands on both sides of your face as shown below. When fully concentrating with all your attention, all your awareness in your kutashta you may do this Yoni Mudra for as long as it is comfortable to you - usually 15 to 30 minutes or more at a time. God will hold your arms up to tired.

Now we have a look at another very commonly used Mudra - used for prayers and also during conversations. By folding our hands in the way shown below we completely seal off all our fingertip chakras to be in ONENESS within our self. It helps to reduce distraction that might be caused by any facing person we are talking to and it helps to concentrate better toward inward to consciously perceive intuition and Divine guidance from within.

In any advanced stage of meditation - this is one of the most commonly applied Mudra for your hands. For example after extended practice of Yoni Mudra; - you may drop your hands and fold them as shown in the graphic above. Seals of Nadis to achieve a particular and desired condition of the energy system of your light body - resulting in a change of physical body, mind and emotions

A Mudra is a gesture or position, usually of the hands, that locks and guides energy flow and reflexes to the brain. By curling, crossing, stretching and touching the fingers and hands, we can "talk" to the body and mind as each area of the hand corresponds to a certain part of the mind or body.


From the little finger to the thumb: each finger represents earth, metal, fire, wood, and water, respectively. The entire universe lies within your ten fingers and it is also said that there is an infinite number of Mudras even though we only have 10 fingers. Mudras can be used both for meditation and/or healing.

Mudras and the mind

How we hold our hands can connect us with our psyche
By Erin Phillips


The surahi mudra is believed to heighten intellectual perception and involves facing one palm towards the body while the other palm faces out. The pinky fingertips overlap the fingertips of the opposite ring fingers.


The dharmadhatu mudra is one of the most common and involves resting one hand atop the other in a cupped position, with the thumbs touching at the tips. It is believed to heighten insight and awareness.


In the guyan mudra, held to heighten knowledge and ability, the tip of the thumb touches the tip of the index finger.

Hands are the eyes for those who cannot see, the words for those who cannot hear,and the tools by which we sustain our lives.

Maureen Moylan Syler

As an occupational therapist I have studied the intricacies of hand anatomy and marveled at these tools. Our hands are truly miraculous in design and function. They are a unique balance of strength and finesse. But it is obvious that they act as much more than tools. We recognize the power of a firm handshake to convey trust, the invitation of a soft touch on the shoulder to say, "I understand, and am here for you," and the intimacy of walking hand in hand.

In yoga, hand mudras are used in conjunction with the body posture to intensify the effect. Mudras are ways of positioning the hands, either with an open palm, fingers interlaced, or with the thumb resting against one or more fingertips. The different gestures are thought to call to mind specific qualities such as patience or peacefulness. For example, Chin mudra, bringing index to thumb, represents our longing to be one with our "cosmic unconsciousness or the Divine."

Gertha Mirschi, in her book "Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands," writes that "mudras engage certain areas of the brain and/or soul and exercise a corresponding influence on them." Hatha yoga expresses state of mind through gestures and postures. The reverse is also true. Certain gestures can influence the psyche.

Western medicine also reveals a connection between the mind and the hands. The human brain devotes a great deal of space and energy to the movement and sensation of the hands. The hands are filled with nerve endings that originate in the motor and sensory cortex. The brain and central nervous system branch from the spinal cord to reach the extremities. This hard-wired connection from mind to hand makes it understandable that the posture of the hand may have healing effects all over the body.

My favorite example of how East meets West in the hand mudras is the mind-body connection represented by the simple postures of an open hand, either palm up (the mudra for giving and receiving) or palm down (the mudra for abiding and calm).

When the palms turn up, the shoulders rotate outward and the chest opens. The cervical spine, in response, raises upward and the eyes are directed forward. This represents a healthy, upright posture with muscular and skeletal balance. When used in meditation, the upward palms up positions both the mind and body in an open posture that enhances listening. Our body and sensory organs are positioned to receive information from the outside world. It is little wonder that Eastern practices call this the "giving and receiving mudra."

When the palms turn down, the shoulders rotate inward and the chest seems to collapse. The head slopes down and the eyes follow. This is a slumped posture that softens the spine and makes us more aware of the breath. For meditation, this closes out the world and the noise. It allows inward focus for a time of discernment. This is the "calm-abiding mudra," believed to quiet the mind.

Simply sitting at our desk or table and turning our palms up or down, we can feel the subtle differences it makes in our body posture and breathing. The mind responds in kind. So when we seek to listen and be more open in our decision making, perhaps it helps to turn the palms to the heavens. And when we feel the stress and noise of a busy week, perhaps we can turn our palms to the earth and once again find ourselves grounded.

Aware of this body-mind connection in our world of technology and social networking sites, we can ask ourselves the effects on our posture and our psyche of keeping our palms turned downward on our keyboards all day or curled round a cell phone. Toreconnect with the people and environment around us, maybe we can begin with repositioning our hands.

Common mudras
  • Guyan mudra, knowledge and ability: Tip of the thumb touches the tip of the index finger
  • Shuni mudra, patience: Tip of the thumb touches the tip of the middle finger
  • Prana mudra, health and vitality: Tip of the thumb touches the tips of the ring and pinky fingers
  • Anjali mudra, balance and centeredness: Palms pressed together and held over the heart, thumbs resting against the chest
  • Ganesh mudra, concentration:Fingers curled and hooked together, right thumb resting on top, left thumb resting on bottom
  • Dharmadhatu mudra, intuition, insight and awareness: One hand rests atop the other in a cupped position, thumbs touching at the tips
  • Surahi mudra, intellectual perception: One palm faces the body while the other palm faces out, with the fingertips of the pinkies overlapping the fingertips of the opposite ring fingers.
Silent language

Mudras are a silent language of self-expression used in Hindu and Buddhist teachings. Mudra hand gestures or poses are often used in yoga practice, meditation, and for healing purposes

Shankh Mudra
Shankh

How to form the Shankh mudra: The left thumb is placed on the center of the right palm. The right hand forms a firm grip around the left thumb. The left hand rests against the right fist. Right thumb touching the left index finger.

Pushan

How to form the Pushan mudra: Right hand: Thumb, index finger, and middle finger touch at tips. Ring finger and pinky fingers are fully extended.

Left hand: Thumb, middle finger, and ring finger touch at tips. Index and pinky fingers are fully extended.


Mantangi

How to form the Mantangi mudra: Fold both hands together with fingers inter-twined. Extend both middle fingers outward and point them toward the skies.

yoga mudra benefits
Gyan

How to form the Gyan mudra: Thumb and index fingers touch at tips. Middle, ring, and pinky fingers are relaxed, curved slightly.


Kubera Mudra
How to form the Kubera mudra: 

Females: Interlaced fingers with palms facing upwards. Encircle right thumb between left thumb and index fingers. Males: Interlaced fingers with palms facing upwards. Right thumb rests on top of left thumb with gentle pressure.

Apan Vayu Mudra

How to form the Apana mudra: Tips of thumb, middle and ring finger are joined. Pinky and index fingers are extended.

Garuda Mudra
Garuda - Mystical Bird


The Garuda mudra is used to heighten intuition and enable communication with the spirit world.
How to form the Garuda mudra: Place right palm over the top of left hand, spreading fingers apart and crossing thumbs.

Pran Mudra
Prana Mudra

Symbolized Life Force

The Prana mudra can be used whenever you feel drained or need an extra boost of energy. Good to use in the morning to awaken and fully embrace the new day.

How to form the Prana mudra: Thumb, ring, and pinky are touching. Index and middle finger are extended.


Shiva Linga Mudra

Protective Mudra

The Linga

How to form the Linga mudra: Interlace fingers of both hands, extending one thumb upwards, encircle extended thumb with the index finger and thumb of your other hand.


Shunya Mudra

Alternative Name: Heave Mudra

The Shunya mudra assists listening and speech. Primarily a remedy for ear afflictions.
How to form the Shunya mudra:Lower the middle finger and place finger pad on the fleshy mound area of your thumb, cover it with your thumb. Index, ring and pinky fingers are extended.


Vajra Mudra

Alternate Name: Fist of Wisdom

The Vajra mudra transforms ignorance into wisdom. Symbolizes the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and metal.

How to form the Vajra Mudra: Right-handed fist surrounds left index finger. Remaining fingers of left hand also form a fist below the right hand.



Dhyana Mudra
Meditation Pose



The Dhyana mudra is universally used during meditation and relaxed states.

How to form the Dhyana mudra: Hands form a cup or bowl. Thumbs touch at the tips or comfortably overlapped.



Mahasirs Mudra

Tension Reliever

The Mahasirs mudra is used to help give relief for head-related afflictions. Headaches, stress, tension, etc.

How to form the Mahasirs mudra: Thumb, index and middle fingers are joined at tips. Ring finger is folded into the palm and tucked into the fleshy part of the thumb. Pinky is extended.



Anjali Mudra

Alternate Name: Namaste

The Anjali mudra is used as a salutation or greetings

How to form the Anjali mudra: Hands are held together in prayer fashion directly over the heart/chest.



uutarbodhi

Uttarabodhi Mudra

Enlightenment


The Uttarabodhi mudra is a gesture that identifies with a supreme power. Symbolizes perfection.

How to form the Uttarabodhi mudra: Index fingers touch one another and are extended, pointing toward the skies. Remaining fingers are crossed and folded down. Thumbs are cross or held next to each other. Clasped hands are held over the head.



Ahamkara Mudra

Self Confidence

The Ahamkara mudra can be used when you are feeling "less-than" or fearful.

How to form the Ahamkara mudra: Index finger is bent slightly. Place thumb on the middle of bent index finger. Middle, ring and pink fingers are extended.


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Bhudy Mudra

Intuition

The Bhudy mudra helps you get in touch with your innermost feelings.

How to form the Bhudy mudra: Pinky and thumb tips are touching. Index, middle, and ring fingers are extended.