We have all heard a lot about the many benefits of yoga postures that can bring positivity to mind, body, and soul. But, not all can manage to perform the tough yoga poses with much ease due to several reasons.
For those people, yoga mudras can be a good alternative to stay healthy and keep diseases at bay without putting much pressure on their body.
Here are the five yoga mudras that one can perform to stay in the best of their health and well-being.
Gyan Mudra – Yoga Mudra For Mind
Gyan mudra is one of the most commonly practiced tog mudra, and it corresponds to the word wisdom, which means ‘Gyan’ in Sanskrit. It is also a part of yogic pranayama and is believed to provide spiritual enlightenment.
Benefits of Gyan Mudra
• Relaxes mind and body
• Helps in relieving stress
• Improves focus and concentration
• Stimulates brain
• Strengthens nervous system
Duration of Gyan Mudra
Gyan mudra should be practiced daily for 30 minutes an early morning. Chanting ‘OM’ while performing the mudra has a calming effect.
Surya Mudra – Yoga Mudra For Weight Loss
Also known as PrithviShamak Mudra, Surya mudra helps in reducing the earth elements from the body. It is considered to be one of the best mudras for weight loss. This mudra also raises the fire element in the body that brings improvements to the digestive system. It lowers cholesterol which helps in healthy weight loss.
Benefits of Surya Mudra
• Improves appetite
• Improves vision
• The increased fire element cures cold hand and feet
• It helps overcome the KaphaDosha in the body by increasing the pita element.
• Energizes your inner-self
• Motivates you out of lethargy.
Duration of Surya Mudra
Surya Mudra should be practiced 30minutes daily during early morning hours.
Prana Mudra – Yoga Mudra for Life Energy
Prana mudra is known for its innumerable health benefits. It is considered to be the source of vital energy and life force, thus names prana mudra. It helps in increasing the earth and the water element in the body. It also brings down the fire element.
Benefits of Prana Mudra Prana Mudra is beneficial in:
• Stress and mental tension
• High blood pressure
• General debility
• Low immunity
• Acidity and ulcers
• Vision related health issues
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Joint pain
• Inflammatory disorders
• Health problems arising due to deficiency of water and earth elements
Duration of Prana Mudra
Prana Mudra should be practiced 30 to 45minutes daily, preferably during early morning hours. If you are unable to do it continuously, then you can perform it three times in a day with 15-minute batches.
Vayu Mudra – Yoga Mudra For Pain Relief
Also referred as VayuShamak Mudra, the Vayu mudra is important for regulating air elements in the body.
Benefits of Vayu Mudra
• Helps in balancing the air element of the body
• Beneficial in issues arthritis, gout, sciatica, and rheumatism, etc.
• Vayu mudra in Vajrasan Yoga posture is an excellent way to improve digestion
Duration of Vayu Mudra
Perform Vayu mudra for 10 to 15 minutes every day for relieving joint or body pain.
Varun Mudra – Yoga Mudra For Beauty
Also referred as JalVardhak Mudra, Varun mudra is known for increasing water elements in the body. The simple mudra comes with a host of health benefits.
Benefits of Varun Mudra
Practicing of Vayu Mudra is beneficial in –
• Muscle cramps
• Dryness of skin and lack of moisture
• Dryness in eyes, throat or mouth
• Low urination
• Tongue related health issues
• Indigestion and constipation
• Other health concerns arising because of Vatadosha in body
Duration of Varun Mudra
20 to 30 minutes of Varun mudra every morning is considered beneficial.
Even though yoga mudras are great for healing and well-being, excess of them can also bring negative results. One must perform a yoga mudra for the duration they are meant to be performed only. To know more about yoga mudras and to clarify any confusion pertaining to any particular yoga mudra, it is best to consult a yoga expert and perform mudra under supervision.