What is a mudra?
May 25, 2017
One of the goals of yoga is to cultivate awareness in the entire body by guiding energy, prana, blood, and information to all parts of the body. To achieve this, postures, kriyas, dristhi (the gaze) and also mudras are used.
However What is a mudra?The word mudra (मुद्रा), translates from Sanskrit as « closure » or « seal ». Mudra is a gesture It has the power to alter mood, attitude and perception. The mudras stimulate certain areas of our brain or our energy body and exert a influence. They are mainly executed with the hands and fingers, and can be recognized in many of the iconic images of Hinduism and Buddhism. They are used especially in Hatha-Yoga, but also in other types of meditation.
Each finger its meaningIt is said that in the hands, as in the feet, all our body points are reflected:
- Thumb finger: represents the element of fire and its energetic task is to balance the energies of the body. Also in it resides our divine consciousness.
- Index finger: represents the element of air and its mission is to provide us with the ability to create and think. In him our different moods. He is assigned the fourth chakra.
- Middle finger: represents the ether element and its mission is to provide us with the necessary energy to act and live in harmony with the spiritual world that you have at your fingertips. He is assigned the fifth chakra.
- Ring finger: represents the earth element and its mission is to provide us with the necessary strength to defend ourselves and fight for what is ours, as well as the inner balance to face any situation. He is assigned the first chakra.
- Little finger: represents the element of water and its mission is to provide us with the possibility of interacting with other human beings in society. He's the one who lets us relate to each other correctly. It takes care of working our emotions. He is assigned the second chakra.