Mudras are “yoga for the hands” and are very simple and easy gestures you can use for a variety of moods you want to change. The two on the video are for an energy boost. Don’t take a nap or grab caffeine, do a mudra instead! Mudras take just a couple of minutes to do.
The word mudra come from the Sanskit language and can be translated into “to seal.” You start a mudra with an intention. You are stating that this is how you want it to be and therefore you are sealing in your intent. Your mood, or release of emotions, can happen using mudras because of this intention as well as the fact that you are physically participating by forming the hand gestures. Breathing is also integral to mudras. They all require a calming, deep breath to accompany the gestures. Set a time for 2 or 3 minutes or hold the mudra as long as you like. However, mudras are quick, which is one reason it makes them appealing in our busy lives. You can sit cross-legged or in a chair. Your back should be straight.
The first mudra is simply making a circle with your thumb and first finger. Rest your hands, palms, up, on your knees as you sit cross legged or next to you if you are ina chair. During the 2-3 minutes you are making a circle with your thumb and first finger, so there is movement of these two fingers during the mudra.. Breathe deeply during the mudra. On the first breath, set an intention such as “This mudra will bring me great energy.”
The second mudra is also for an energy boost. Use it in place of or in addition to the first mudra. Hold your hands out, palms up. It is as if your hands make a W shape. Make sure your elbows are away from the body and your palms are up. Visualize that you are drinking in all the energy from above. As before, set an intention on the first breath. For this mudra you simply hold the position. There is no movement involved.
I hope this helps you boost your energy when you need it. It is certainly more healthy than an energy drink or coffee. I would love to hear from you if you use these mudras. Please leave a comment below.