5 FAST FACTS FRIDAY: MUDRAS
Mudras are like yoga for your fingertips, and they just so happen to be in the spotlight for this week’s 5 fast facts Friday post. They are one of those things that come across as very yoga-ey, and to people new to yoga, they can be confusing and maybe even a little intimidating. What are they? What do they mean? What do they do? While realistically, we can’t demystify the entire world of Mudras in one 5 fast facts post, we hope this will help as an entry point to learning more about Mudras and their significance.
1) A Mudra (which means seal) is a gesture made with your hands and fingers while practicing yoga or meditation.
2) They are especially present in Buddhism, and can be seen in most Buddhist art.
3) While there are a large number of mudras, there are 10 main ones, and 5 of them are most commonly seen in Buddhist images.
4) In yogic teachings the human body is composed of 5 basic elements: fire, air, space, earth, and water. Each finger is connected to the 5 elements, and utilizing Mudras can help you to balance those elements.
5) It’s thought that imbalance of the elements is the cause of certain ailments such as thyroid disease and neck pain, and through the use of Mudras in re-balancing your elements, you can heal said ailments.
There is still so much information out there on the practice of Mudras, but we hope that these 5 fast facts have provided a basic understanding of Mudras and sparked your interest to learn more.