Yoga Masters Swear By These 8 Hand Signs That Reduce Migraines, Anxiety, And Depression

Western medical science suggests that practicing yoga regularly increases the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system.  This system is responsible for the ‘rest and digest’ mode of the body and can help you feel more relaxed.

Yoga reduces stress, especially work-related stress. It is suggested that yoga, when compared to other forms of exercise, is more effective or better than traditional physical exercise.

In an article was written by Dr. Halland Chen, an MD who currently practices in New York at the Vein Institute and Pain Centers of America, he describes the 8 important hand mudras that can act as powerful therapy. But, first of all..

What are Mudras?

It’s often said that your health is in your hands. Mudras are hand and finger gestures that you adopt during meditation or pranayama (breathing exercises). They are considered to be ritual gestures. However, mudras can also involve the whole body.

According to Chen, mudras direct the flow of energy to the body and stimulate different areas of the brain. They also help maintain health and can improve various ailments. The esoteric context says that each finger corresponds to one natural element, namely air, water, earth, fire and ether (space).

Eight Yoga Mudras for Better Health

1. Gyan Mudra – Mudra of Knowledge

This mudra increases our knowledge and improves memory and concentration and can stimulate the pituitary and endocrine glands and also helps with insomnia.

Description: You will often see this mudra used during meditation. You need to touch the tip of your thumb against the tip of the index finger. The other three fingers are stretched out, but can also remain slightly bend if that feels more free for you.

Other Instructions: You can do this mudra any time of the day, but morning might be the most beneficial. It can be practiced in standing, sitting or even lying down.

2. Vayu Mudra – Mudra of Air

This mudra can release excess air from the stomach and can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic rheumatic conditions, arthritis, gout, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis and cervical spondylitis.

Description: There are three bones in each of the fingers called the phalanges (thumb only has two). Fold your index finger and place the base of your thumb against its distal phalanx (the bone close to the tip of the finger). The thumb comes over the index finger, and you should feel slight pressure. The other three fingers remain as stretched as possible.

Other Instructions: This mudra can be practiced any time of the day, on a full or empty stomach. To relieve the pain, hold it for 45 minutes and do it regularly. Once you achieve the desired benefits, you should stop with it as prolonged use can cause an imbalance in the body.

3. Prithvi Mudra – Mudra of Earth

This mudra is particularly beneficial when you are feeling exhausted and stressed out. It improves blood circulation naturally and reduces weakness as well as helps with the digestion system.

Description: In this mudra, the tip of the ring finger and the tip of your thumb touch. Press the tips together while the other three fingers remain as extended as possible.

Other Instructions: Preferably, perform this mudra in the morning, but other times of the day work, too.

4. Agni Mudra – Mudra of Fire

Agni mudra can also be called Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). It stimulates the thyroid gland and deals with digestion, weight problems, and anxiety.

Directions: Bend your ring finger and press the base of your thumb against its second phalanx. The other fingers remain stretched out.

Other Instructions: This mudra should be practiced only in the mornings, on an empty stomach and in a sitting position. You should hold it for 5 to 15 minutes, twice daily. If you are feeling very weak, avoid this posture. Also, don’t overdo it in hot weather.