Types of Yoga Mudra

Rudra Mudra
The Rudra Mudra strengthens the earth element and its organs. It is a good antidote for weakness. It should be practised with both hands for about five minutes three to six times a day.

  • The tips of the thumb, index finger and ring finger should be placed together.
  • The middle and index fingers should be relaxed and extended.

Dharmachakra Mudra
This is very significant and symbolic of turning the wheel. The hands form two wheels and in Hindu mythology the wheel signifies completion. The two wheels here indicate the teaching of reincarnation. The left middle finger (Saturn) represents the transition from this world into the next – from death and birth.

  • Raise both hands in front of the chest with the right hand higher than the left.
  • Join the thumbs and index fingers of each hand.
  • The palm of the left hand faces the heart and the back of the right hand faces the body.
  • The left middle finger touches the place where the thumb and index finger of the right hand form a closed circle.
  • While forming this Mudra, breathe deeply and slowly.

Varada Mudra
This Mudra indicates forgiveness and is quite common in Hindu mythology.

  • Place the left hand forward and downward with the open palm facing outward.
  • Place the right hand on the lap or thigh

Lotus Mudra
This Mudra belongs to the heart chakra and is the symbol for purity. It is good during times of loneliness and despair.

  • Put your hands together, the fingers vertical, relaxed and spread out.
  • The lower portion of the palms touch as well as the pads of the little fingers and thumbs.
  • If the hands are closed, they resemble the bud of a lotus flower.
  • When the hands open and the fingers spread out wide, it is akin to the lotus opening.
  • After four deep breaths, close both hands back into a bud and place the fingernails of the fingers of both hands on top of each other.
  • Then join the backs of the fingers, the backs of the hands and allow the hands to hang down for a while, all relaxed.
  • Bring the hands back into the bud position and the open flower.
  • Repeat several times.

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