Simply put, mudras are yoga of the hands. Certain pre-defined formations made with the fingers and hands have a deep, harmonizing impact in the mind and body, according to Buddhist and Hindu philosophies of wellness and spirituality. (If you look at figurines or paintings of Buddha, you will notice that his hands are always folded in one of the mudra hand yoga positions.)
Usually, this hand yoga system is practiced in conjunction with meditation, but you can go ahead and do them for a few minutes, even if you’re not meditating. Take some deep breaths to calm your mind, close your eyes and relax your body as you’re sitting or standing with the fingers folded in a mudra position. Hold this pose for 5-10 minutes and then release. Enjoy the feeling of deep wellness that spreads through the body afterwards.
There are 108 different mudras in tantra practice, and each has manifold impacts on the body. In this article, I will explain 3 mudras that have significant beneficial impacts on eye health:
For Burning And Dry Eyes: Varuna Mudra
How To Do It: Press the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb. Keep the other three fingers comfortably straight. They will tend to spread awkwardly because of the stretch cause by the little finger and thumb. Don’t worry about it.
Practice this position for 10-15 minutes, 3 times a day. Ideally, you should be sitting in the cross-legged, Lotus pose, but if you don’t have the luxury of time, do this while commuting on public transport, sitting in the park, watching TV — whenever you can be by yourself without disturbance.
Other benefits of Varuna Mudra:
• Rehydrates the body and skin
• Improves blood circulation
• Relaxes body muscles
• Relieves diarrhea
For Weak Eyesight And Retina-Related Problems: Gyan Mudra
How To Do It: Join the thumb and index finger to make an `O’ shape. Keep the remaining 3 fingers upright. Practice this for 10-15 minutes, three times a day, preferably in the cross-legged sitting position.
Other Benefits of Gyan Mudra:
• Promote mental peacefulness
• Alleviates depression
• Treats Insomnia
For Cataract Developing In The Eyes: Prithvi Mudra
How To Do It: Place the tip of the ring finger on the tip of the thumb. Alternatively, you can bend the ring finger until it touches the palm, and then press it down gently with the thumb. Straighten all the other fingers as comfortably as possible. Practice this mudra by sitting down in the cross-legged Lotus position for about 10 minutes, thrice a day, facing east.
Other Benefits Of Prithvi Mudra:
• Improves liver function
• Reduces digestive problems
• Promotes glowing skin