Yoga Mudras – Hand and Finger Postures
Mudra is the science of hand and finger postures. It can help to cure bodily ailments in a wonderful manner. It affects the body’s energetic sysytem and the flow of prana (life energy) within it. It actually helps in balancing the five elements ( panch-tattvas ) in the human system to their optimal levels.
“Abhaya” means “fearless”. Abhaya Mudra represents protection, peace, benevolence, and dispelling of fear.
“Gyan” means “knowledge”. It is the gesture of knowledge. This mudra is considered to bestow intelligence and wisdom. Hence the name.
“Linga” or “Angustha” means “phallus”. Thumb is a symbol of masculinity.
“Prithvi” means “Earth”. This mudra helps balance the earth element in the body.
Purna Gyan Mudra
This is the mudra of Lord Buddha.
“Surya” means “sun”. Sun is the source of energy. Virtue of its energy is present in all living beings. Surya mudra attracts energy of the Sun.
“Varuna” means “water” in Sanskrit. It balances the water element in the body.
“Vaayu” means “air” in Sanskrit. It balances the air element in the body.