Use your hand gestures for good not evil…


India is home to many amazing therapies and alternative treatments. One area of Ayurvedic tradition is mudra therapy or hand postures. The Ayurvedic tradition believes the body is made up of five simple elements. These are space, air, fire, water and earth. All these elements affect different parts of the body. To maintain good health we need to maintain a balance of these elements in our body. Too much of one element can disrupt the flow of energy in our body and can ultimately make us sick. We can use hand gestures or mudras to help re-establish better links between these parts of our body.

The five fingers of each hand represent the five elements:

FIRE is found in the THUMB

AIR is found in the INDEX FINGER

SPACE is found in the MIDDLE FINGER

EARTH is found in the RING FINGER


The thumb is the most powerful of all the digits and is used in conjunction with other fingers in many of the mudras.

The mudra I am going to teach you today is the simple GYAN MUDRA.  This mudra is completed by joining together the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb. It is a great mudra to do in a seated position with hands resting gently on the knees.

The GYAN MUDRA is useful in strengthening the mind. It gives a feeling of well-being and relaxes the nerves. It is effective in treating lethargy, lack of enthusiasm and memory loss. To gain maximum effect do this mudra 45 minutes a day ( in 3 fifteen minute intervals if possible). It is a simple mudra that can be practiced anywhere anytime.

Why are mudras SO fantastic? Well…

They are free.

They can be performed easily any place at any time of the day. Once you start practicing them you will find that your hands will naturally move to the mudra position.

Mudras can be used by everyone ~ young and old.

Mudras can be used to treat a myriad of ailments.

Please try the gyan mudra and watch the benefits…you’ll be amazed.


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