Mudra symbolism and natural elements
Mudras are closely related to the energy of the universe (Chi energy) and their purpose is precisely to channel it into our body to obtain certain benefits.
Almost every mudra is connected with a divinity of the Vedic tradition, which in turn embodies an aspect of energy tied to a quality we want to awaken in us. The mudra (and the divinities associated with them) are related to the five natural elements, energies that in the body are reflected on the psychophysical and spiritual plane, through the nadi, energetic channels that end right in the fingers of our hands.
Each finger, therefore, represents a connection point with an element and the energy connected to it. By positioning the fingers in a certain way, we are able to control the amount of elemental energy flowing within us and consequently draw on the qualities associated with the element we are invoking.
Here the list of the energies associated with each finger of the hand:
- Thumb: sun, energy, fire.
- Index: air, moving energy.
- Middle: space, expansion, opening.
- Ring: earth, solidity, rooting.
- Pinky: water, liquids, mobility.
A little bit of history
Mudra practice as we know it today has his roots in India more than 5000 years ago: we can found traces of it in ancient shamanism and in the Vedic culture, which contemplated the use of hand gestures accompanied by mantras during sacred ceremonies.
Through this ritual, the Brahmins invoked Earth and Sky energy at the same time, which was then channeled to obtain certain benefits, both material and spiritual.
Mudras are also used in some artistic expressions such as Indian dance, where their purpose is also to accompany harmoniously the motions of the body.
9 powerful mudras and them meaning
Surya Ravi Mudra
Benefits: this position, besides strengthening the muscle tissues, is capable of channeling positive energy that generates optimism and constructive changes.
How it’s done: the little finger touches the thumb slightly and the other fingers remain relaxed. It may be a bit more difficult than other mudras as it needs more elasticity to maintain its position for a long time.
Meaning: Buddhi Mudra is the position of mental clarity: the little finger represents communication and it’s union with the thumb symbolizes mental opening.
Benefits: this mudra helps balance water levels in the body, helping a lot those who suffer from dry mouth or poor tear. It also promotes communication in all forms.
How it’s done: the middle and the ring finger touch the thumb while the index and the little finger remain slightly tense.
Meaning: this mudra represents purification, both in the physical sense (being straightly linked to digestion) and in the spiritual sense.
Benefits: this position is very helpful in eliminating toxins from the body; it’s particularly suitable for digestive problems and beneficial for the heart and the blood circulation.