The mudra’s used during Swami Ramdev’s pranayama
In simple words mudras are hand positions. By moving specific portions of the hand in specific ways, you can incur a reflex reaction in different parts of the brain. There are about 108 mudras in tantric practice. In Yoga, however mudras are used along with the Pranayamas, normally when seated in a pose called the Vajrasana pose. This is done so as to infuse energy in the various parts of the body.
Mudras generate electromagnetic currents in the body and which restore good health and take care of any deficiencies in any part of the body. It may look very simple, like simply joining the fingers of the hands but it, however this simple gesture send a whole lot of energy to the body thereby making the body active.
The seven mudras that are most often used by Swami Ramdev while doing the pranayamas are listed below.
Gyan Mudra: With the tip of your index finger touch the tip of your thumb and keep the rest of the fingers very straight.
Gyan mudra helps release stress, is a cure for insomnia, emotional instability, aggression, laziness, indolence and also helps in increasing the IQ. While one starts with the simple mudra, as you go higher and perfect the simple one there are variations of this mudra like purna gyan mudra, abhay mudra, dhyan mudra, mahagyan mudra and varad mudra
Shunya Mudra: Bend your middle finger and press it with your thumb.
This mudra is specifically for those who have hearing problems and ear aches as well. If practiced regularly, this mudra can help restore hearing powers as long as there are no physical deficiencies.
Varun Mudra: Touch the tip of the little finger to the tip of the thumb and keep the rest of the fingers stretched out.
The most important virtue of this mudra is that it balances water content in the body and hence is a medicine for all the diseases that occur due to lack of water. It is also helpful in countering gastroenteritis and muscle problems.
Apan Mudra: Bend your middle and ring finger and press it with your thumb. Stretch the other two fingers straight.
This helps in the removing all toxins and impurities from the body. Also helps keep the urinary problems in check and helps in easy delivery of the child, checks kidney disorders and is also useful for patients suffering from diabetes.
Apan Vayu mudra: With the tip if the middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of the thumb and use your index finger to touch the base of your thumb. Stretch the little finger to its maximum.
This mudra works brilliantly in case of heart attacks. Reduces the gas inside the body and performs miracles for the heart. Because of this, it is also referred to as the Mritsanjivani Mudra.
Aakash Mudra: With the tip of your middle finger, touch the tip of your thumb and let all other fingers stand straight.
This mudra helps counter weak bones and hearing impediments. This mudra should not be practiced when one is walking.
Prithvi Mudra: With the tip of your ring finger, touch the tip of your thumb and keep the rest of them fingers straight.
This mudra helps make the body energetic and active. People with low weight issues can also practice this mudra as it also helps to gain weight. It also makes the skin radiant.
The existence and the healing power of these mudras tell us that non-verbal self-expression is powerful. Regular practice also instils great virtues like clarity of thought, confidence, fearlessness and a sense of inner peace.