Mudras - HSM & YOU

"Mudra" simply means hand and finger postures. Like yogic body postures, it is also a discipline to rejuvenate the body by balancing the five elements (fire, water, air, ether, earth) to their optimal levels. When the elements are balanced, the yoga (unison) of mind, body and soul can be achieved.
Mudras are used in conjunction with Pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to stimulate different parts of the body and to affect the flow of prana.
There are innumerable mudras and each has a specific effect. The following are very effective and simple hand mudras to maintain health and wellness.

Prithivi Mudra

  • grounding
  • inner stability

Dhyani Mudra

  • empty mind
  • full being

Lotus Mudra

  • opens heart
  • able to receive

Inner Self Mudra

  • devotion to the Divine
  • hold at 3rd eye
  • chant ohm

Naga Mudra

  • deep insight
  • solving issues
  • clears obstacles

Shankh Mudra

  • all throat issues
  • hold at sternum
  • chant ahh-ohm

Apan Mudra

  • eliminates toxins
  • balances mind
  • boosts confidence

Dharmachakra Mudra

  • letting go of deep patterns
  • surrendering to eternal change

Pushpaputa Mudra

  • open to receive
  • acceptance of life's blessings

Vayu Mudra

  • eliminates flatulence

Jnana Mudra

  • clears & stabilizes the mind
  • aids concentration

Garuda Mudra

  • stimulates blood circulation
  • alleviates exhaustion

Ksepana Mudra

  • releases negative energy & tension
  • aids in letting go

Kalesvara Mudra

  • helps shift addictive behaviour, core beliefs & unwanted character traits

Mantangi Mudra

  • inner harmony
  • excellent for belly breathing
  • relieves body pain & jaw tension

Uttarabodhi Mudra

  • energizes & refreshes the body
  • hold at solar plexus

The very nature of mudras is repose, silence, and peace. Most health disorders, whether on the physical or mental-emotional level, develop from a lack of inner and outer repose.

~Gertrud Hirschi


Physical ailments are a result of the disturbance in the equilibrium of the five elemental forces of the body. Appropriate mudras can help restore proper balance.

~Acharya Vikrmaditya


Without intention, all the postures, breathing practices, meditation, and the like can become little more than ineffectual gestures. When animated by intention, however, the simplest movement, the briefest meditation, and the contents of one breath cycle are made potent.

~Donna Farhi