Yogic actions - linking the life with infinite source
- Dr. Vijay Kumar Mishra
Everybody desires to live happy life for which many experiments, done after due research have been mentioned in ancient tracts like yoga, meditation, “pranayama”, “asans” and exercises. Yogic actions are further extension of the yogic tradition. Their objective is to balance, the imbalance of the physical and psychological internal energy. These actions are blessings to the modern society. While moving around, their use could ensure healthy and tensionless, happy life.
Actions are the source of energy for our tired life. While eating, walking, thinking, working at home or office, lying on the bed, while reading or anytime in the life, these actions could be exercised. The actions, done with the help of fingers are of short duration but most effective. Different actions show different effects according to the diseases. The fingers of hands and legs are the infinite source of “prana” energy, which is a scientific fact. Actions stop the imbalance of the energy and regulate it. The practitioners say that whenever we feel depression, tiredness, lethargic or tense, the actions immediately generate positive energy. Men and women, associated to any field of life like management, engineering, education or even the students could increase their power, exercising these actions. Its popularity is increasing regularly as it helps men and women, engaged in night shifts more. It does not need separate time or resources. It does not require isolation but along with the daily activities, just turning the direction of the fingers, starts giving refreshing energy. People are exercising this traditional knowledge for their spiritual development, personality management and health. Here are a few of the important actions and their impacts.
1. Gyan Mudra (Knowledge action)
It is formed with the tips of the index finger and the thumb.
Rest of the fingers kept straight.
Benefits – It helps in the development of memory power, concentration and self- luster.
It reduces depression and negativity.
It also helps in generating the creative attitude.
It also treats headache, insomnia, migraine and other brain related diseases.
For better results, exercise "prana mudra" after this action.
2. Prana Mudra
It is formed joining the tips of little finger, ring finger and the thumb.
Benefits – It awakens the dormant energy centres in the body, energizes, increase the immune power, making the practitioner healthy and fit.
It also helps supplying necessary vitamins in the body.
During fast, it reduces hunger and thirst and tiredness.
When practiced for longer period, it is beneficial in improving eye-sight.
3. Prithvi Mudra
This “mudra” is formed joining the tips of thumb and ring finger.
Benefits – It is accurate treatment for indigestion patients.
It increases digestion capacity and treats physical weakness.
But obese persons should remain alert as it could increase weight.
This exercise increases “satvik” qualities of a human being.
4. Apan Mudra
This action is the combination of the tips of all fingers except baby finger or the little finger.
Benefits – It drives out odd elements from the body.
It is helpful in stomach pain, constipation, piles, gastric troubles, diabetes, urine problems, kidney troubles, teeth ailments, low blood pressure, stomach and heart ailments.
It helps in bringing out perspiration from the body.
It associates the minute action with the ultimate objective and takes the conscience to the high level of yoga.
Along with it, if “prana mudra” is also exercised, ear disorders.
5. Vayu Mudra
The action means pressing the index finger with the tip of the thumb lightly.
Benefits – All gastric related troubles, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, paralysis, palsy sciatica and other such diseases.
It is also helpful in pain of neck, back bone, mouth deformation and blood troubles. But remember that its use should be restricted to the disease.
“Prana mudra” if practicised with it, gives more benefits.
6. Shunya Mudra
First put the tip of the middle finger at the bottom of thumb and later press with the thumb.
Benefits – It is helpful in the treatment of heart ailments, fragile bones, gums, neck diseases and thyroid disease.
Remember; exercise it till you regain the health.
In case of ear-ache, deafness, exercise it for a longer period but it does not have any impact on deaf and dumb people since birth.
7. Akash Mudra
Touch the tip of the middle finger with that of the thumb.
Benefits – In ear related disorders, this action is useful. But if, “shunya mudra” is proving weak, exercise “akash mudra”.
It is beneficial in weak bones and heart ailments.
8. Sahaj Shankh Mudra
Join both the thumbs and hold fingers of both the hands tightly, bending inside.
Benefits – The exercise has miraculous impact on the faltering or lisping people.
When exercised for a longer period, it gives sweetness in the voice and has positive impact on the internal and external health ingredients.
This is especially beneficial for exercising celibacy.
For optimum benefit, exercise it in “Vajrasan”.
9. Shankh Mudra
The left hand side thumb is tightly held in fists.
Benefits – It is especially beneficial in neck and thyroid related troubles.
When exercised for longer period, gives sweetness in the voice, treating all speech related disorders.
It increases digestion capacity and treats deformities related to the intestines and abdomen.
10. Surya Mudra
The ring finger touching the bottom of the thumb and pressed gently by it.
Benefits – It reduces weight and thus obesity and hence, balances the body.
It inflames stomach fire and improves digestion.
It also balances cholesterol and treats diabetes and liver problem.
It is helpful in reducing tension, for the development of strength and energy.
For the best results, it should be performed in `Padmasan`.
11. Apan Vayu Mudra
When the tips of all the fingers are joined except the little one and pressed a little.
Benefits – It is beneficial for the heart and gastric troubles.
It is also important in the development of the physical deformity.
When any patient has heart stroke, this action gives relief, besides other regular treatment.
It also gives benefit in headache, asthama, high blood pressure, acidity and gastric troubles.
The persons, who feel tired ascending a little height or stairs, should exercise it 5-7 minutes before climbing.
12. Varun Mudra
When the tip of the little finger is touched to the thumb.
Benefits – It brings brightness and glow to the skin.
It gives miraculous results in skin diseases, blood disorders, pimples and diseases related to water deficiency.
It is the primary treatment in dehydration and diarrhea.
13. Kidney Mudra
For this "mudra" join tips of the index and ring finger and touch to the root of the thumb and then press the fingers a little with the thumb.
Benefits – It helps in kidney related diseases.
It has all the benefits of “jalodar nashak mudra”.
14. Ling Mudra
Join both the hands keeping the left thumb outside and place the right thumb around it.
Benefits – It increases body heat and improves cold and cough condition, asthma and sinus problem.
It is very helpful in stroke and low blood pressure.
15. Dhyan Mudra
Sit in “Padmasan”, keep waist straight and close eyes gently.
Keep left palm on the right hand palm and keep in the lap.
Benefits – It brings luster, improves concentration and helpful in reaching the highest status of meditation.
With the “dhyan mudra”, “gyan mudra” can also be performed.
Performing both of them would give joint benefits.
16. Aditya Mudra
In this “mudra”, touch the index finger with the thumb and press it gently.
Keep other fingers straight.
Benefits – During excessive work pressure, you feel lack of energy and for mental and physical freshness, it is useful.
Sneezing with sudden bout of cold could be treated with this “mudra”.
Basically, these “mudras” have been invaluable heritage, which reform a human personality in totality.
This reduces the daily tension, negative energy, increase positivity and keep the mind cool.
In other words, it is a “yogic” initiative in associating with the broader dimension of “yoga” and “pranayama”.
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