Mudras are a fascinating part of the yoga practice and breathing exercise: symbolic gestures also known as “finger yoga”.
In the new series MUDRAS&MANICURE I share my favourite mudras fit for the season.
Sure, we can’t fully understand how or whether mudras really work and influence our bodies yet. Mudras aren’t prescribed by general practitioners or recommended by pharmacists to cure you either. Why do I bother with this practice if it lacks any scientific proof?
This being said, neither am I, nor is any yogi ever suggesting that you should meditate instead of seeing a doctor when you’ve got symptoms!
Sit comfortably with your hands in front of you, bring together the finger tips of the thumb, middle and ring finger of each hand like you were going to get a pinch of salt. Keep the pinky and the index finger of each hand very straight. Hold for up to 45 minutes during an extended meditation or pranayama practice.
Different sources suggest that you shouldn’t overdo the Linga Mudra, never holding it for longer than 15 minutes. To form the Linga Mudra put your hands together in front of your chest, keeping the left thumb up and intertwining fingers so that the thumb and the index finger of your right hand form a circle around the left thumb. Mudra teachers say that you notice overdoing the Linga Mudra if it starts causing feelings of lethargy.Both mudras, held during morning and bedtime meditations, help me stay healthy during the flu season (and of course my otherwise balanced diet and some very simple hygiene steps don’t hurt either).