The most well-known mudra is “Pranam Mudra”, or the Prayer Mudra, which is used in every yoga practice. You are in the Prayer pose any time you press your palms together at the heart center. Through pressing the palms together, you balance both halves of the brain as well as the right (male) side and the left (female) sides of the body. *As you might already know, we consist of both male and female parts, Sun and Moon, Yang and Yin, and we need to keep the balance between them to be healthy and happy*. The balance and harmony we achieve with the Prayer Mudra is a vital condition for concentration, it helps us to focus and creates the basis for meditation and mindful asanas flow.
There are many other mudras, but today I would like to focus on the following eight.
Gyan Mudra (Mudra of Knowledge or Perception). It is one of the most utilized in Yoga and symbolizes the unification of the individual and universal souls. The mudra grants awareness and confidence, stimulates intuition, promotes intelligence and mental growth, and strengthens inner harmony.
Vayu Mudra (Mudra of Air). Vayu means “air”, so this mudra takes care of the air element of the body, controls the restlessness, and calms an uneasy mind.
Shunya Mudra (Mudra of Emptiness or Patience): It promotes discipline and patience, strengthens the sense of responsibility and courage, grants the ability to learn from experience.
Surya Mudra (Mudra of the Sun). The Sun represents energy, health, and confidence. This mudra harmonizes energy and vitality, promotes health, and strengthens the nervous system.
Varun Mudra (Mudra of Water): It increases the ability to communicate clearly and intuitively.
Apan Mudra (Mudra of Digestion): It is used for improving the function of the digestion system in the body.
Prana Mudra (Mudra of Life): It stimulates the entire human body and energizes it.
Linga Mudra (Mudra of Heat): It builds heat in the body, helps heal cold or cough.
Stay healthy and happy!