There are many tools we can use to help us reach an enlightened state of mind that doesn’t entail sitting by a tree for eight years. Our energetic and physical bodies are connected, when we manipulate one the other will respond. Using hand positions or mudras is a great way to subtly shift our inner vibrations. Check out our Body Awareness post for a meditation that can be used with these mudras.
There are hundreds of mudras, some for physical ailments, some to help emotions, etc. Here is a list of our personal favorites.
Gyan (Mudra of Knowledge) This is one of the most common mudras. The tip of the index finger comes together with the tip of the thumb. Other fingers remain straight. Gyan stimulates the pituitary and endocrine glands, increasing memory, mood, and clarity as well as enhances knowledge. Great for meditation and can also help prevent insomnia.
Shuni (Mudra of Patience) With this mudra, you touch the top of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb. All other fingers are relaxed. Shuni is a great mudra to kindle patience and understanding by helping you stay in the present moment. Best to start with ten minutes a day.
Prithvi (Mudra of Earth) When you touch the ring finger to the thumb, other fingers remaining straight, this mudra will help with grounding. Prithvi promotes body functionality by reducing physical and spiritual weaknesses and increasing the life force. Perfect to use anytime and can help clear skin.
Bhudy (Mudra of Intuition) This mudra is when you touch the tip of the pinky finger to the tip of the thumb, keeping the other fingers relaxed. Bhudy helps activate intuitive gifts and abilities. Great to use during meditation or anytime you lack faith in yourself.
Apan (Mudra of Energy) For a burst of energy throughout the day, touch the thumb to the middle and ring finger. Keep the index and pinky finger straight as possible. Use Apan whenever you need a lift, but when first starting out, limit to ten minutes. *note the similarity to the “rock on!” hand.
Hakini (Mudra of Concentration) This mudra is quite famous for great thinkers. Using both hands, touch the tips of the fingers together. Hakini elicits focus and concentration by helping you to remain present and clear minded. A good tool to use during a conversation or before a meeting.
Hansi (Mudra of Courage) In this mudra you touch the the tips of all the fingers together except for the pinky. Hold the pinky finger out straight. Hansi can help release anxiety and ease feelings of isolation and loneliness. Use anytime to induce courage and fearlessness or when you want to encourage self-love and acceptance.
Uttarabodhi (Mudra of Enlightenment) Interlock both hands together, keeping only the index fingers and thumbs straight, then extend so they are opposite each other. This mudra can deepen your sense of spiritual awareness and consciousness, by calming the nerves and releasing fears or blocks. Uttarabodhi is perfect if you suffer from stage fright. Caution, this is a very powerful mudra, begin with ten minutes a day.