The HAND is magical as well as functional.
Early in life we use our hands in our first exploration
of the world as we learn to manipulate it and create in it.
The yogis mapped out the hand areas and their associated parts of the body.
Each area of the hand reflexes to a certain area of the body or brain.
Each area also represents different emotions or behaviors.
By curling, crossing, stretching and touching fingers to other fingers and areas we can effectively talk to the body and
mind. The hands become a keyboard for input to our mind/body computer.
Each of the six MUDRAs listed below is an example of this technique of giving clear messages to the mind/body energy system.
GYAN MUDRA (SEAL OF KNOWLEDGE)
How: Touch tip of index (first) finger and tip of thumb. Other three fingers are straight.
Effect: Stimulates knowledge, wisdom, receptivity, and calmness.
Planet: Jupiter; expansion.
SHUNI MUDRA (SEAL OF PATIENCE)
How: Touch tip of middle (second) finger and tip of thumb. Other three fingers are straight.
Effect: Promotes patience, discernment, and commitment.
Planet: Saturn; task master, taking responsibility, and courage to hold to duty.
SURYA OR RAVI MUDRA (SEAL OF SUN, LIFE)
How: Touch tip of ring (third) finger and tip of thumb. Other three fingers are straight.
Effect: Revitalizing energy, nerve strength, and good health.
Planet: Sun; energy, health, and sexuality. Uranus; nerve strength, intuition, and change.
BUDDHI MUDRA (SEAL OF MENTAL CLARITY)
How: Touch tip of little (fourth) finger and tip of thumb. Other three fingers are straight.
Effect: Creates capacity to clearly and intuitively communicate, stimulates psychic development.
Planet: Mercury; quickness, mental powers of communication.
PRAYER POSE (PRANAM MUDRA)
How: Palms of both hands and fingers are completely touching. The outer edge of the mound of the thumb is pressed into the sternum.
Effect: Neutralizes the positive side of the body (right, sun, masculine) with the negative side (left, moon, feminine).
There is a science to using Prayer Mudra. There is a polarity in the body between the right side, the pingala, and left side, the ida. When you put the right and left hands together, you are neutralizing the positive and negative polarities of the electromagnetic field. This action creates a neutral space in the electromagnetic field. The position of the knuckles of the thumbs – in the notch of the breastbone – is a reflex point for the vagus nerve, one of the major nerves going to the pineal gland up the front the body. This pressure immediately causes the pineal and pituitary glands to secrete, creating a resonance in the brain that moves it out of its normal rhythm to a meditative state. This allows one’s prayer to come from the heart.
How: For men, interlace the fingers with the left little finger on the bottom. Place the left thumb in the webbing between the thumb and index finger of the right hand. The right thumb presses the fleshy mound at the base of the left thumb. For women, the thumb positions are reversed and the right little finger goes on the bottom.
Effect: Channels sexual energy, promotes glandular balance, ability to concentrate easily.
Planet: The mounds at the base of the thumbs represent Venus; sensuality and sexuality. The thumb represents the ego.
Taken from 3h0