Improper food habits, lack of nutrients, and the inability of the body to absorb food well could be the reason for being underweight. Hand mudras are the easiest yoga practices that can open up the body to absorb nutrients from food and increase metabolism.
BMI (body mass index) is something tells about your skinny or fatty body type. In the BMI index, the figure below 18.5 makes individual underweight and it should be considered a serious threat to your wellbeing.
How Do Mudras Help to Gain Weight?
Hand mudras, which are practiced using a combination of fingers in a different arrangement, can do wonders with internal body systems.
Our fingers are the seat for the five elements of the body, which in combination with our other fingers balances the concerned element.
Mudras help in gain weight by;
- Regulating the earth element. The earth element promotes weight gain by the formation and strengthening of the various tissues of the body.
- Similarly, the fire element regulates the metabolism, which ensures absorption and assimilation of food in the body.
Practice these 3 Mudras for weight gain;
- Prithvi Mudra
- Aditi Mudra
- Prana Mudra
Prithvi represents ‘mother earth’. So, this mudra holds the status of the mother. The way the mother nourishes her child, this mudra also nourishes the practitioner in the same manner.
Earth being the ultimate provider of livelihood, this mudra grants us life with ample benefits to lead a healthy life.
According to Ayurveda, the ring finger is the seat for the earth element in the body. Furthermore, the Earth element is concerned with the body tissues. This mudra enhances the earth element if practiced regularly. Ultimately, adds weight to the body.
How To Do Prithvi Mudra
- First of all, sit in a comfortable posture Padmasana (Lotus Pose), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose).
- Now, erect your back and set yourself stable in the pose and find your balance in the surrounding.
- From here, bring your both hand on thighs and curl your ring finger toward the thumb, to touch the tip of the thumb with your ring finger.
- Stay into the pose for some deep breaths and relax after some time, say 20 minutes.
While in between the practice of Prithvi mudra, experience the light in your forehead. Your eyes remain closed and motionless to ensure the profoundness in the posture.
If we look at it from a meditation point of view, this mudra as an associative practice can be termed as Prithvi mudra meditation. This tremendously improves the benefits attached to this mudra.
Right practice of Prithvi mudra leads to the stimulation of Mooladhara chakra, which comes up with various health benefits.
- Apart from weight gain, it is helpful in hair growth. Moreover, enhances the shiny appearance in it as well.
- Practicing this mudra helps in overcoming the immunity issues. Also strengthens it in the long run.
- It repairs the damaged skin cells by improving the moisturization through earth and water element.
- As the name itself, practicing this mudra keeps one rooted and promote inner growth. Further, contributes to the calmness of the practitioner.
2. Aditi Mudra
According to some ancient Vedic hymns, Aditi is the name given to the ‘earth’. However, this mudra is concerned with the ring finger, which is also believed to be the seat for the ‘earth element’.
Earth elements on being gently pressed by the thumb become balanced and contribute to the adjacent qualities. Therefore, practicing Aditi mudra fulfills the demand of earth element in the practitioners. One can yield a good amount of weight on the course of this mudra.
The earth is not just our environment. We are the earth and the earth is us. We have always been one with the earth.– Thich Nhat Hanh
How To Do Aditi Mudra
- Firstly, find yourself a perfect place for practice and then sit in any comfortable posture Padmasana (Lotus Pose), Sukhasana (Easy Pose).
- After placing your hand your lap, take your both hand simultaneously at the chest height.
- Now, press the base of the ring finger by your thumb finger. Here, the ring finger and thumb finger represent the earth and fire element. Extend the rest of the fingers.
- From here, maintain the posture for as long as comfortable. You can begin it with 20 minutes as a starting practice.
On practicing this mudra along with meditation regulates the prana flow, which further balances the chakra alignment in the body. However, it is also concerned with the improvement of physical stamina as well.
- It has been seen that sneezing and yawning sometimes disturb the meditation practice. So, this can be overcome by the practice of this mudra.
- Regular practice makes one body free from the wastes and toxins from the body.
- As it improves the fire element along with the earth, this enhances the digestive fire in the body and regulates metabolism. Ultimately, makes one fit.
- This mudra helps in lifting one higher in terms of spiritual alignment. It is believed that one can experience a higher state of mind on practicing this mudra for a fixed period of time.
3. Prana Mudra
Prana Mudra is the gesture ‘vital life force’ or ‘Prana’. It is one of the commonly known and practiced hand mudra to channelize the prana flow throughout the body.
This mudra activates the energy that is in the ‘still’ state at the base of the human body. It balances the earth element along with water and fire elements to vitalize the prana. Sometimes, weak pranic energy is also responsible for less body weight.
Therefore, by practicing this mudra on a regular basis one can transform his/her prana into a more active form. Initially, it brings changes at a subtle level, which on the course of the time can be easily seen upon the body.
How To Do Prana Mudra
- Begin by coming into any of the sitting posture Sukhasana (Easy Pose), Padmasana (Lotus Pose).
- Your back should be straight as it will assist in the prana flow.
- Now, bring your hand to your knees or lap and lift your hand to the chest level. From here, touch the index finger, ring finger, and thumb finger to each other.
- Hold here and maintain the posture for at least 15 minutes while deep breathing and then leave the pose, relax.
Prana mudra if practiced rightly results in the stimulation of the prana Vayu, which further promotes deep inhalation and exhalation.
The combination of Pranayama and Prana mudra 1 vitalizes the breath that further waters the ‘life or prana’ within the body.
This mudra, if practiced under the appropriate guidance and with the right technique activates the Mooldhara Chakra (Root Chakra).
- Apart from weight gain, this mudra strengthens the immunity of the practitioner that makes them resistant to various harmful diseases.
- It gives a glow to the body by enhancing the flow of prana. This makes one looks younger. It also overcomes various musculoskeletal disorders 2.
- By redirecting the prana flow, it helps in achieving a state of calmness and tranquility.
- Apart from regulating different elements in the body, it also balances the doshas to give one more barrier for illness and diseases.
Equally distributed weight makes an individual attractive socially and healthy personally. We cannot control our body in terms of its reaction toward a particular situation, which somehow transforms our weight.
But we can change the pathway for the same process to reach the desired destination indeed. Hand mudras are a useful tool to gain weight without doing any unhealthy eating habits or stressing the body in the gym.
By simply opting for a specific hand position one can brighten up the dim bulb of weight in their life and can live happily.
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