The word mudra is a Sanskrit word which means seal. The yoga mudras are used to seal or affirm an idea or intention. These hand and finger positions are designed to allow a flow of the body's energy in specific patterns that support the meditation mantra. The mudras are a nonverbal mode of communication consisting of hand gestures and finger postures. In the practice of yoga, mudras invoke divine power in the mind.
Mudras have been used for various mental and physical health treatments since the beginning of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The ancient statues of the Buddha depict various hand mudras. Hindu deity figurines depict mudras that convey their focus. Today, yoga practitioners use mudras to affirm their intentions.
A mudra believed to specifically help with weight loss is called Surya Mudra. Many believe that it can help cure obesity. It is said to control hunger and temptation for food and change the metabolism so that it is easy to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight balance. Another mudra, Prithvi Mudra is said to reduce cholesterol in the body while helping to reduce weight.
The yoga mudras are utilized to seal the practitioner's intended wish, desire or thought focused upon in meditation. For the purposes of weight loss you may also use the mudras of health, vitality and energy to make changes to your metabolism and digestion of food.
It is believed that practicing these mudras regularly can yield health benefits. Yogic philosophy assigns specific internal organs to each of the fingers, and so holds that using mudras will correspond to enhanced function of internal organs. Many are said to cure mental heaviness, reduce body fat, normalize blood pressure and even strengthen the heart.
Prithvi Mudra is performed when the tip of the ring finger touches the tip of the thumb, with the other three fingers stretched out. To practice Surya Mudra, touch the third (ring) finger to the pad of thumb. Press the thumb gently over this third (ring) finger. Keep the other fingers straight and apart.
- Health Mad: Health in Your Hand: Seven Mudras for Amazing Health Benefits
- "Light on Yoga;" B. K. S. Iyengar; 1995