11 Powerful Mudras And Their Meanings

A mudra is a hand position which balances energy in the mind and body.

The Sanskrit word “mudra” is translated as a mark, seal, or gesture.

Mudras were created by ancient yogis to restore physical health, calm the mind, and optimize energy.

Mudras have been an integral part of many Buddhist and Hindu rituals. They are used extensively in meditation and yoga.

List Of 11 Powerful Mudras And Their Meanings:

#1 Shuni – Seal of Patience

The name of this mudra comes from the Sanskrit word ”shunya,” meaning “openness,” “emptiness,” or “spaciousness.”

The Shuni mudra helps turn negative emotions into positive ones. Also, it encourages purity, wisdom, compassion, and understanding towards others and patience to fulfill one’s duties and responsibilities.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, Shuni mudra is effective to those with a dominant vata, which is the dosha (governing energy) linked with waste elimination and the nervous system.

How to do it – touch the tip of the middle finger to the thumb tip, while keeping the other 3 fingers straight and relaxed.

The thumb symbolizes divine nature and fire. The middle finger symbolizes the courage to hold responsibility and duty.

When both fingers are placed together it is meant to signify and encourage discernment, focus, patience, and discipline.

#2 Dhyana

Dhyana mudra, also known as samadhi mudra or yoga mudra, is thought to have been used by Shakyamuni Buddha throughout his life — most notably during the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

In addition, Dhyana mudra is believed to invoke a sense of calm – perfect for sitting in meditation or silent contemplation.

How to do it – put the left hand on the palm of the right hand, both of the thumbs are on the opposite each other, and the palm of the right hand is toward the sky. Furthermore, the top of the thumbnails touches together.

#3 Prana

Prana mudra is designed to increase vitality and activate the Muladhara chakra.

This energizes the physical body and awakens all the organs.

How to do it – the tips of the ring finger and little finger touch the tip of the thumb. The middle finger and index finger remain erect.

#4 Prithvi

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This week for #mudramonday we have #prithvimudra in a full expression of malasana ! ——————————————————— Pinching the tip of the ring finger and thumb together. The ring figure is associated with the earth element. ——————————————————— Use Prithvi Mudra in postures and meditation to ~Balance the elements of the body. ~Strengthen your Root Chakra (associated with your immune system) ~ Open the mind ~Foster self-confidence and esteem ~Harness a deeper sense of spiritual understanding and purpose ——————————————————— Accompany this with any pranayama to have a powerful and grounding meditation. ——————————————————— Stay tuned for more #mudramonday , if you like this post leave a comment and let me know what your looking for in a Meditation and I will do my best to find the right mudras and posters for you! ———————————————————— • • • #yogaeverydamnday #yogisofinstagram #yogaeverywhere #yogainspiration #yogapractice #canadianyogi #calisthenics #handstands #hollowback #inspiredaily #backbends #yogadudes #locomotion #menatyoga #movement #inspiration #yogagram #yogagoals #yogadude #yogalover #yogapose #instayoga #yogadaily #yogaflow #yogalove #yogaboy #yoga #yogi

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The Prithvi mudra is so called due to the fact that it helps to equalize the element of Prithvi (earth) within the physical body.

The practice of this mudra generates confidence, stability, and strength. It also strengthens the bones.

How to do it – the tips of the ring fingers are pressed to the tips of the thumbs on each hand. The other fingers are kept straight.

#5 Chinmaya

The practice of this mudra is said to bring awareness to the physical body which helps in keeping the mind and body in excellent health. 

Chinmaya Mudra is a simple hand gesture using the index finger and the thumb.

How to do it – bring the tips of the forefinger and thumb together and form a circle. After, curl the remaining fingers into the palms, and place the palms on your upper thighs.

#6 Buddhi – Seal Of Mental Clarity

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⭐️ Elemento de poder: Buddhi mudra (o de la comunicación) – CONTACTO, PODER Y AGILIDAD MENTAL Este mudra se realiza uniendo las puntas de los dedos meñique y pulgar. La práctica de este gesto aumenta la capacidad de comunicarse con claridad e intuición, mejora las relaciones interpersonales y la capacidad de alegría y satisfacción. Además estimula el desarrollo psíquico. Por ello también se ocupa del terreno de la sexualidad. En la tradición de kundalini yoga los dedos están simbolizados por los planetas, el pulgar representa la personalidad de cada individuo – el Ego – y se simboliza con Marte, que es capaz de alimentar la energía de los otros dedos, absorber los excesos de la misma, y confirmar el gesto que se realiza. El meñique se simboliza con el planeta Mercurio, que encarna el poder mental, la comunicación y la agilidad. Existen dos maneras de realizarlo: La más común es uniendo la puntas de los dedos, y la otra es colocando la uña del meñique en contacto con la yema del pulgar manteniendo el borde de la uña en la segunda articulación del mismo. Mientras la primera es más sutil, la segunda es más potente y activa, multiplicando su proyección y mostrando el camino más directo. El uso de cada uno de ellos puede ser elegido por el practicante, pero normalmente en kundalini yoga se usa en general la forma más sutil, y la activa sólo en las meditaciones más fuertes. En cualquiera de los casos has de estirar los otros tres dedos y mantener el contacto con decisión. Además, lo más habitual es mantener las palmas en dirección hacia el cielo y los dorsos hacia la tierra mientras se efectúa, para enfatizar la conexión con la energía cósmica, pero algunas veces se puede plantear la práctica a la inversa para conectar con la tierra y nuestras raíces. Ahora sólo queda practicarlo, porque aunque la enseñanza este ahí desde hace miles de años, nuestra práctica siempre es un descubrir. Quizá por ello los maestros insisten tanto en que no hay que consumir el yoga, sino vivirlo… armonizatumente.blogspot.com . . #kundaliniyoga #kundalini #yoga #yogalife #yogainspiration #kundalinienergy #mudra #mudras #buddhimudra

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Buddhi means intellect, hence the Buddhi mudra enhances mental clarity. Also, Buddhi mudra balances the water element of the body.

In traditional yogic practices, it is thought that Buddhi mudra helps us to increase concentration.

How to do it – the tip of the thumb and the tip of the little finger touch with light pressure, while the rest of the fingers remain extended.

#7 Prasanna

Practicing Prasanna mudra makes the hair healthy and lustrous. Also, it prevents hair loss and reduces graying.

Other benefits are:

  • treats dry and silky hair;
  • improves hair thickness;
  • strengthens hair;
  • stimulates hair regrowth;
  • prevents split hair.

How to do it – bring the hands near the chest and rub the nails of the 4 fingers with each other.

#8 Vayu

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Already the final day of #MudrasSecrets! This week flew. Our fifth and final mudra of this #YogaChallenge is #VayuMudra. How to for this one: •Place the tip of the index finger inside the base of the thumb •Gently press the base of the thumb into the index finger •Outstretch the other three fingers Vayu Mudra is practiced to balance the air element in the body; thus, this mudra is especially useful in combating diseases related to air imbalances, such as gas-related pain, joint pain, bloating, and abdominal discomfort. You can practice this mudra at any time of day – empty stomach, or after a meal. It was really beneficial to focus on these mudras for a few days with you all. While I know there are SO MANY more out there, I feel grateful to know a bit more about the five we focused on. Thank you to every one of ya that played along (and no worries if you’re behind! We’ll give you time to catch up), our super-stellar sponsors, and my beautifully supportive co-hosts. What a rockstar squad 🌟 Sending everyone lots of love on this Friday! Hosts: @yoga.janey @cassydoesyoga @shhjustgowithit @sabine.appleby Sponsors: @inspiritcollective @mala_lesateliersdebrahma @palosantosupply Wearing all @aloyoga 💕

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Vayu mudra decreases the air element in the body. The air component of the body becomes decently equilibrated with the practice of Vayu mudra.

The air element represents the ability to move freely, effortlessly, and lightly, and is embodied in the breath, putting us in touch with the flow of energy (prana).

How to do it – place the tip of the index finger inside the base of the thumb. Then, the base of the thumb is slowly pressed into the tip of the finger.

Note – the rest of the fingers should all remain straight. Furthermore, this mudra should be done with both hands simultaneously.

#9 Gyan – Seal of Knowledge

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It is a powerful mudra that is practiced for thousands of years by yogis. It brings calm, peace, and spiritual progress.

Also, the mudra empowers the mind, sharpens the brain, and improves the working of the endocrine system, nervous system, and pituitary gland.

Moreover, a regular practice of Gyan mudra brings spiritual openness and ease in meditation as well as it expands our field of possibilities and releases us from mental limitations.

How to do it – bring the tips of the index and thumb fingers together and form a circle. Keep the remaining fingers stretched and the palm facing upward.

#10 Apana

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Hello! Day 1 of #MagicalMayMudras is #hipopener with #apanamudra 👌🏼 I love this and I feel calm. Only my hair is not calm, sorry this thing has a life of its own, it doesn’t do what I wish it to do! 😂😁 . #Repost @sunnysideupsidedown (@get_repost) Apana mudra is known as an purifying, cleansing, or energy mudra ✨ Practicing this mudra enhances the downward flow of energy/prana in the body. Detox and purify the body, balancing the elements of space and earth within it. Generates energy in the filtering organs (liver, gallbladder, kidneys) supporting good digestion and preventing illness and disease. Brings a sense of ease and calmness. ⠀ Hosts: @sunnysideupsidedown @haley_b7910 @madisoninmotion @carrieagroff ⠀ Sponsors: @liveinleggingsboutique @magicallymadeshop @box.o.sunshine @sunnyside904 @happyyogishop @vayumudra @buddhateas @glassticbottle @galactikonsciousness ⠀ Poses: Day 1🌌Hip Opener + Energy✅ Day 2🌊Backbend + Water Day 3✨Fold + Space Day 4🌬Inversion + Air Day 5🔥Twist + Fire Day 6🌎Balance + Earth Day 7☀️Heart Opener + Life . #yogalife #yogachallenge #yogamudra #yogamagic #healing #mindbodysoul #center #balance #yogaeverydamnday #zenvibes

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The Apana mudra is a powerful mudra for energizing the body.

It is also very effective in eliminating toxins and wastes from the internal organs of the body.

How to do it – bend the ring finger, the middle finger, and the thumb so that the tips of these fingers are touching.

Note – the little finger and index finger remain straight.

#11 Surya

Surya means ”Sun” in Sanskrit and Surya mudra is known to increase the fire element (works like a catalyzer which boosts willpower against the yoga practices) in the physical body. In addition, Surya mudra decreases the earth element within the body.

In addition, it is thought that by practicing Surya mudra daily, you will be able to enjoy a healthy weight without hassle.

How to do it – bend both ring fingers and place their tips on the bases of the thumbs.

Note – Surya mudra can be done in any position you are comfortable with.


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