Mudras are hand and finger postures that quickly move and redirect the flow of energy within our body, mind and spirit. You can shift your consciousness and revitalize your organ systems in a matter of minutes by practicing these sacred hand gestures.
What’s even better is that just about anyone can do them. Unlike other yoga practices, this one does not require flexibility. To top it all off, it can be done almost any time and anywhere. This is an amazing practice that you can easily and joyfully integrate into your daily life.
While mudras are traditionally used during meditation and visualization practices, their versatility allows you to take them out into the “real” world. I love to use them when I find myself idle, or in a period of “waiting.” I use them while I’m in line at the market, at an after school activity, resting between reps at the gym or watching a movie. While many of you may be apprehensive about using them in public, know that doing so might actually inspire others to explore this ancient healing tool for themselves. Now you’re spreading the love!
The following are three of my favorite mudras. If you would like to learn more, I encourage you to read Gertrud Hirschi’s Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands, or Sabrina Mesko’s Healing Mudras.
Kubera — Mudra for Manifestation
Plant the seeds for your heart’s desires. Use this mudra to bring your dreams into reality. I suggest using this mudra every morning to actively set your intention for the day. You can also use it when starting a new project, making an important phone call, or any time you’d like to use your power as a deliberate creator. I also use this mudra whenever I feel worry. It helps me to snap out of my fears and focus on what I truly want.
Get into a comfortable position (preferably lotus position), form the mudra and visualize your desired outcome while repeating the affirmation, “I do my best, and God does the rest.” This mudra always helps to sooth my fears, so that I can attract what I want instead of what I fear. Even more importantly, it helps me to “let go and let God,” which is much easier said than done without this mudra!
Join your thumb, index finger, and middle finger together (pressing lightly on the tips), and placing the other two fingers in the middle of your palm. Do this with both hands without any strain in the palms. Take slow, deep breaths while focusing on your heart’s desires. Intensity of focus is more important than time for this mudra. You may find that deeper, more elaborate desires call for more time. Duration: 1 minute to 1 hour.
Ksepana Mudra — Releasing Negativity
Clear your energy field, cleanse your emotions. Try this mudra after being in a large crowd, following an argument, or when you find yourself caught up in the throes of negativity.
Clasp your hands with index fingers touching flat on each other (point downward) at sacral chakra (below the navel). Cross the thumbs. Affirm “I fully release all negativity from my body, mind and soul. Pure healing energies flow into me now.” Take several deep, slow breaths. With each exhale, release all the drama and baggage. With each inhale, take in the pure loving energies of the divine. Duration: 2 minutes or more.
Prana Mudra — Energizing
Usher in vital life force energy. Use this when you feel drained, fatigued or depressed.
Join your thumb with both your little and ring finger, while keeping the middle and index fingers extended. Hold your hands in either a vertical or horizontal position. Take several deep breaths and place your focus on the pure revitalizing energy that is pouring into your body. Each cell is being fully revitalized now. Affirm, “I plug into the universe and recharge my batteries.” Duration: 5-30 minutes.
Practicing mudras engages both the body and the mind, creating a very focused and powerful healing practice. I invite you to practice these mudras for a week and see what miracles unfold in your life. I’d love to hear your stories, too! Please share them with me at [email protected].