These amazing mudras will help you enhance your mental health and feel better!

Mudras are ancient gestures used to alter to flow of energy in one’s body. The idea is to intentionally channel your energy and allow stuck energy to move and travel more freely throughout your Nadis(energy pathways). Mudras also create contact with the various nerve endings in your fingers and hands which impacts the way energy moves throughout your body on a measurable scientific level.

The benefits of using mudras throughout meditation or during the day can positively affect your overall mental health by assisting energy flow, calming the mind, and balancing the body.

This article was designed to offer you 5 mudras that can assist you in feeling better. Let’s explore them together.

Prana Mudra

To form this mudra, you simply need to extend your index and middle finger outward, while touching the pads of your ring and pinky fingers to your thumb pad.

This is believed to improve not only your eye health and combat fatigue but also stimulate the dormant energy or prana within your body. That is why it is called the prana mudra.

This is an amazing mudra for people who are experiencing hormonal imbalances that cause symptoms of depression. This mudra creates more energy and liveliness.

Apam Vayu Mudra

This Mudra is formed by pressing the pad of your index finger to the base of your thumb. The pads of your middle finger come to join the tip of your thumb while your pinky extends outward. This Mudra is believed to regular your hormones and has been said to work extremely well for people who experience anxiety, impulsivity, and hyper-vigilance.

It is one of the most powerful mudras in India and has been historically believed to prevent heart attacks and cardiac problems. People that have severe anxiety and stress tend to increase their risk of cardiac disease through their elevated heart rates and the stress that’s placed on the heart muscle. This is a great mudra to support the mind-body connection.

Anjali Mudra

The Anjali Mudra is commonly known or referred to as prayer mudra. Anjali means in Sanskrit, salutation or divine offering. To do this mudra, the hands are brought into a prayer position and the palms are joined at the center of the chest, connecting with the heart chakra.

I like as a teacher to use to mudra a lot when thanking people or sending some love across far distances. It is also a great mudra for when you want to close your eyes and reflect on your own internal processes, emotions, and feelings.

This mudra helps with connecting yourself to a sense of appreciation and gratitude, which has a tremendous effect on mental health. It also calms the mind, improves focus during meditation, and relieves stress.

Gyan Mudra

This mudra is formed by touching the pads of the thumb and index finger and relaxing the rest of the remaining fingers outward. It is the mudra you see the most when you see someone meditating or any images of that sort on social media. This is a great mudra to facilitate mental alertness, enhance your mood, boost memory and connect to a source of the higher self. It is also said to eradicate the dull and stagnant energy from the body. Some people report a strong sensation of energy buzzing and moving on the pads of the thumb and index finger. This could be related to an energetic elimination of stuck energy.

Kalesvara Mudra

This mudra is formed by touching the pads of the left and right middle fingers on each hand and bending the left and right index fingers inward to touch knuckles. The thumb pads also touch with the thumbs extended downward creating a point. The remaining fingers are either folded in as well or kept outward.

It is one of my favorite mudras because the shape it forms resembles a heart. This mudra is said to calm the mind by reducing the amounts and quantity of thoughts, releasing the addictive patterns of the mind, reducing anxiety and agitation, assisting you in reflection, enhancing memory, and creating space to set intentions.

This mudra comes from the Sanskrit words kala and esvar meaning time and god. Therefore, this was designed as a prayer to the god of time. If you find yourself currently anxious or agitated in regards to a perceived time restraint, this mudra is definitely for you.

These 5 mudras all have their specific characteristics and they are amazing tools in supporting your mental health. You can use them at any point in time throughout your day and when you need a moment to recharge and relax from your hectic and busy life. These mudras will facilitate the flow of energy within your body and help you feel much better.