The entire world is consists of five elements, Panchatatvas, and they are earth, water, fire, air, and ether.
AS LONG AS THERE IS BALANCE amongst those yoga mudras elements, there is balance in the world; and when any element amongst them become imbalanced, natural catastrophes take place, the consequences of which have to be borne by everyone. The truth is that mankind is responsible for all imbalances in the Panchatatvas or the FIVE ELEMENTS
- Earthquakes would occur when the earth element is imbalanced.
- Floods would occur when the water element is imbalanced.
- Volcanoes would erupt when the fire element is imbalanced.
- You will witness the rage of the winds when the air element is imbalanced.
- Violent storms, heavy rains, and cloud bursts would occur when the ether element is imbalanced.
To balance these situations, Lord Shiva explained some remedies to Parvati, through the medium of yoga mudras.
Just like the earth, our body also consists of five elements. The great Goswami Shri Tulsidasji says in the Ramcharit Manas:
“Chiti jal pavak gagan sameera, Panch rachit ati adham sharira”
This means our body is consists of all five elements. As long as they are in a state of balance, one remains healthy, energetic, strong, and balanced. When any of these elements are imbalanced, one becomes a host of ill-health and troubles.
Any kind of illness present in the body is related to one element or another. If we can balance all these elements, we will be free from ill-health. TO BALANCE THE FIVE ELEMENTS is very easy because the five fingers of our hands represent each of the five elements.
?Thumb – Fire element
?Index Finger – Air element
?Middle Finger – Ether element
?Ring Finger – Earth element
?Last Finger – Water element
The medium of yoga mudras as disclosed by the Great Lord Shiva, helps us not only to stay healthy by balancing the five elements within us, but it is also a medium to gain the divine shaktis because The Great Lord Bholenath did not disclose this knowledge to keep disease away, but to awaken the unlimited energies within us. Small common diseases can surely fade when you gain divine energies.
With the practice of the divine yoga mudras, the disciple can remain free from all illnesses and can awaken some of the divine energies within. To reap the full benefits, one must practice the yoga mudras for 5 to 25 minutes every day. ?♀️
1. Gyan Mudra
Bringing the thumb and the index finger together, one comes into the gyan mudra. Aids in the awakening of the Ajna or Third Eye Chakra, and also in curing mental tensions, depression, headaches, migraine, insomnia, anger, irritation, removing laziness and indolence, and increasing the power of tolerance.?
2. Vayu Mudra
Bend the index finger at the base of the thumb and press that finger down lightly with the thumb. STRENGTHENS THE BEAT OF THE HEART, keeps diseases away from the lungs. Prevents arthritis, sciatica, and gas-related problems.
3. Aakash Mudra
Bending the middle finger, place the thumb on it. This mudra cures all problems related to the ether element. The ether or sky element is present in our throat area. All throat-related problems such as thyroid imbalances, tonsils, neck pain, pain in the ears, etc can be cured with the practice of this mudra. Increases the power of speech, makes the voice sweet and pleasant.?
4. Surya Mudra
Bend the ring finger and hold it down with the thumb. This mudra is related to the fire element. By practicing this mudra, you can remove health problems such as gas, constipation, acidity, indigestion, cholesterol, etc. Also, this mudra increases digestion and appetite. This mudra helps to increase the weight of the thin and weak and helps to reduce fat in the overweight person.?
5. Prithvi Mudra
Bringing the ring finger and thumb together makes the Earth Mudra. This mudra is very useful for those suffering from diabetes, it also removes weakness, makes the body sturdy, and helps to reduce weight.
6. Varun Mudra
This is a water mudra. In this mudra, lightly touch the tip of the little finger with the tip of the thumb and keep the other fingers straight. This mudra balances the water element in the body, bringing radiance to the body. Removes skin diseases and KEEPS WRINKLES AWAY. Keeps the heat balanced in the body.
7. Miyo Mudra
Bending the ring and the middle finger, keep the other fingers straight. This mudra is very good to cure blood pressure, whether high or low.
8. Prana Mudra
Bringing the ring finger and little finger together, touch the middle finger slightly with the thumb, keeping all other fingers straight. This is Praan mudra. This mudra is very useful to strengthen your eyes. Builds faith in oneself. With the practice of this mudra, the disciple can stay for long periods without food or water.
9. Hridaya Mudra
In this mudra, completely fold your index finger, keep the little finger straight, and bring the middle and ring finger in contact with the thumb. Very good mudra to practice for people with heart problems. This mudra can save one’s life at the time of a heart attack. Holding it for just a few seconds one can ease away a heart attack. This mudra also aids in the balance of the wind element.?
10. Apaan Mudra
Slightly touch the tip of the middle and ring finger with the thumb to come into the Apaan mudra. This mudra removes all impurities of the body. Very useful for women during menstruation, especially those who suffer from painful periods. Pregnant women can use this to have a painless delivery but they should practice this mudra only after the eighth month and not before. Expecting mothers also can practice this mudra for 10 minutes three to four times a day. This mudra also cures kidney problems.
11. Byaan Mudra
Bringing the tip of the first finger and middle finger into contact with the thumb, and holding it with a slight pressure makes the Byaan Mudra. This mudra is good for only those suffering from high blood pressure.❤
12. Ling Mudra
Interlock your fingers keeping only the left thumb up. This mudra creates great heat in the body. So you can only practice this mudra in the winter period. Immediately removes the cold, cough, etc.?
13. Shankh Mudra
Wrap the fingers of your left hand around your right thumb, and bring the hands into the shape of a Shankh or a conch. Corrects any disorders of the throat. Removes arthritis and joint pain.
14. Samaan Vayu Mudra
This mudra brings a BALANCE IN YOUR FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS. Builds up the courage and makes the mind peaceful. In this mudra make a fist with both your hands and hold them together, elbows out by the sides.
15. Bhairav Mudra
Place the left palm over the right palm and we are in the Bhairavi Mudra. This mudra is very beneficial for meditation.
Yoga Mudras Used For Awakening the Kundalini Shakti
ASWHINI MUDRA IS THE STARTING MUDRA to prepare one for the correct practice of Mulabandh. Ashwini mudra is practiced by repeatedly contracting and releasing the anal tract. THROUGH THIS PRACTICE, the urinary and semen vein is strengthened, and all diseases related to these organs are prevented.
You can practice this mudra any time sitting in any asana, one can also do it standing up or lying down.
Practicing this mudra in the beginning helps one to perform Mulabandha easily
Vajroli is actually a kriya from the Hatha Yoga tradition, not really a mudra but some practitioners classify it in the yoga mudras. One practices this mudra by drawing in water, milk, pure oils, ghee, and mercury (only for advanced levels) through the urinary tract. Drawing in milk and mercury are most superior. According to Hatha yoga, one who does the Vajroli does not need to follow any other rules, he becomes the winner of death. This is a hidden kriya and can only be learned by the grace of a guru.
This mudra is practiced by sitting in the Vajrasan or Padmasan. If you are PRACTICING THIS MUDRA in the vajrasana, then make a fist with your hands and place them on the side of your navel. If you do this mudra in the padmasan, your hands will be held together on your back.
Technique: Sit in padmasan on a blanket or something soft. Place your left foot on your right thigh and your right foot on your left thigh. Try to keep the ankles on the level.
1. Close the right side of the nose with your thumb and breathe in from the left. Holding your breath in do the Jalandhar lock.
2. Take both your hands behind your back and catch hold of the right wrist with your left hand, and bending forward from the waist, bring your forehead to the ground performing Kumbhak.
3. When you feel THE NEED TO EXHALE, raise your body making it straight, close the left side of the nose with the thumb or ring finger and slowly breathe out from the right. Breathe out completely. After a few seconds breathe in from the right. Do the Jalandhar bandh and once again take your hands behind you, this time catch hold of the left wrist with your right hand. Bend forward bringing your forehead to the ground and hold the pose in Kumbhak. Slowly come up and breathe out from your left.
This is one round of the Yoga Mudras
IN THIS WAY, perform three rounds to begin with, and then add one more round every day. You can practice this in the morning and evening. A dedicated yoga practitioner who is doing sadhana can practice 20 rounds, four times a day- morning, afternoon, evening, and night.
Benefits: With the practice of this mudra one can be rid of all ailments of the stomach such as:
Amroli is not really a mudra but comes under the classification of yoga mudras.
In Amroli, one performs Jal Neti with his own urine. One also drinks his own urine through the nose. To do this one must discard the first and the last flow of urine as this contains impurities.
This kriya is also called Amrolipan Shivambhupan
ACCORDING TO THE LEARNING TRADITION, this is considered a very easy kriya to do. The followers of the Vaishnav Tradition look at the practice of Amroli with disgust and this practice has almost been forgotten. Yet, if someone would want to take advantage of this kriya, it can be easily practiced through the right yogic means.
‘Kha’ meaning ‘sky’. If one practice the Khechari Mudra one gets the ability to inhale in the sky. This mudra is very difficult and takes a long time of practice. This mudra should be practiced under the guidance of a guru.
Technique: The tongue? needs to be rolled up to the back of the mouth, this produces nectar which is slowly taken in as in the form of Amrit. For this mudra, the tongue needs to belong. TO INCREASE THE LENGTH, hold your tongue and pull it backward, forward, and to the sides.
This lengthens the tongue a little. The second practice is to cut the tongue very slightly, just at the base of the tongue where it is connected to a nerve. My request to the practitioners is to refrain from doing so. I, myself have seen all those who had tried to cut the nerve to lengthen the tongue and achieved nothing as a result except losing the ability to speak properly, the result of which was heavy lisping.
This is because the nerve is connected to the Sushumna Nadi and related to speech
And that is why THE POWER OF SPEECH and voice is destroyed. And so I urge my fellow practitioners not to take this step. You can also stretch your tongue to gain the lengthening effect – pull the tongue back and reach behind the passage to the nostrils with the back of the tongue.
Benefits: With the practice of this mudra, the inner part of the skull is protected – Brahmataal, also known as the moon center from where the flow of nectar or Amrit is secreted. Normally this nectar ‘burns away’ in the fire center but here it is stopped and at the time gets absorbed by the saadhak. The fruits of which are that the practitioner gains mastery over death.
This is a ‘SHORT CUT ROUTE’ to win over death. Needless to say, one should never attempt this practice just by reading it from a book but by living with a guru and practicing under his careful guidance and supervision. Otherwise, it can be very harmful.
Shakti Chalni Mudra
THIS YOGA MUDRA is the kriya after Mulabandh. You can also call this the last part of the Mulabandh, which means one starts with the Ashwini Mudra, followed by Mulbandh. After this, one practices the Shakti Chaalni Mudra. Shakti means energy or Kundalini, and the practice of Shakti Chaalni is the awakening of the Kundalini.
Here, the anal tract which is connected to the Shankhini nerve, and the Urinary tract which is connected to the Kuhu nerve are pulled up and one practice holding them in. You can perform this kriya only by holding it in Kumbhak. The Uddhiyaan Bandh also takes place; when the Shankhini and the Kuhu nerves are pulled up, pull the navel point in as well with the Uddhiyaan Bandh.
With regular practice, you will awaken Kundalini and spirals (chalni) upwards.
that is why this kriya also popular as Shakti Chalan✍
At the time of practice, one should keep one’s attention fixed on the Muladhar Chakra. Apart from this, there are many other advantages to performing the Shakti Chalan Mudra.
With the Kundalini Shakti awakened, it paves the way for the opening of all the energy centers of:
All these chakras are centers of shakti. The first five energy centers or chakras are related to the five elements, and once awakened the disciple is no longer under the influence of these elements.
Ajna Chakra is the energy center for the mind and the Shasrara is the energy center of the highest – ShivShakti.
All these energies are activated with the intense lifting of the Shakti Chalan and the yogi gains not only the siddhis of these chakras but also when all the powers get energetically evolved and controlled, then the kundalini power is increasingly derived from regeneration and the yogi (practitioner) attains the best utmost element of lord Shiva.
Technique: Sit in any meditative pose, close the eyes and place your hands on the knees in the gyan mudra. Take a deep breath in and slowly shift your body towards the left shoulder. Hold your breath for some time and then exhaling, slowly bring your head to the center and breathing in again, shift your body towards the right.
After some time BREATHE OUT COMPLETELY and bring your head back to the center. Inhale deeply while raising your head, exhaling completely bring your chin down to the chest. This completes one round. In this same way, one can easily perform eight such rounds.
⭕High blood pressure
⭕All mental ailments are all cured
Also makes one’s mind steady and focused.
THIS KRIYA IS performed in padmasan, vajrasan and also can be done standing.
Technique: Place your hands on the knees and exhaling completely, perform the Uddhiyaan Bandh, and then do a quick pumping in and out of the stomach at least 10 to 15 times. As your practice increases and you can hold your breath out longer, you can easily practice up to 40 to 50 rounds of pumping in and out of the stomach.
Benefits: Just as the nature of fire is to burn, in the same way, the practice of this kriya burns away the extra fat in your body and the power of digestion increases tremendously, removes constipation and any diseases connected to the stomach are removed, this also makes the path easier for the RISING OF THE KUNDALINI.
All these kriyas and yoga mudras have an effect which is easy and fantastic…?
…and they are a thousand times stronger and more effective than asanas and pranayam. Although the yoga mudras look easy and simple, you can immediately feel the effect.
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