An imbalance in a chakra can be unblocked by practising yoga mudras.
So, let’s practice these 7 Mudras for chakras balancing.
1. Prithvi Mudra for Root Chakra
Prithvi mudra is a gentle contact between the ring finger and thumb. The ring finger represents the earth element and the earth element directly controls the root chakra.
- The area at the tip of the thumb possesses acupressure points, which on pressing in Prithvi mudra stimulate the centres of the endocrine system present at the base root chakra.
- Facing palms down in Prithvi mudra helps you be grounded and feel connected to the earth. Grounding energy keeps root chakra in balance and connects individual consciousness to the universal.
- Prithvi mudra promotes grounding to alleviate survival instincts or materialistic fear, which is a common symptom of the imbalanced root chakra.
2. Shakti Mudra for Sacral Chakra
Colour – ORANGE | Mantra – VAM | Element – WATER
Shakti mudra represents feminine potential. This energy is concerned with the creation of the universe.
- Lacking pleasure or sexual excitement is the reason of too open, imbalanced, or blocked sacral chakra. Shakti mudra has a replenishing effect on the reproductive system and encourages the feeling of happiness.
- Sacral chakra locked desires, feelings, and emotion in its subtle state, which are induced by the practice of shakti mudra.
- Shakti mudra vitalizes the nerves reaching to sacral chakra concerned with various inferior qualities. Therefore, it improves the low confidence, lack of motivation, infertility, low libido in an individual.
3. Matangi Mudra for Solar Plexus Chakra
Colour – YELLOW | Mantra – RAM | Element – FIRE
Matangi is said to the Goddesses of tantric wisdom. Practising Matangi mudra evokes self-esteem in the seeker.
- Low self-esteem and confidence with selfless feelings, negative thoughts arise due to the imbalance or blocked solar plexus chakra. Matangi mudra provides harmony and deep satisfaction to the seeker.
- This mudra manages the function of digestive related ailments, which is also one of the causes of the disturbed solar plexus energy. Therefore, Matangi mudra harnesses the digestive fire.
- Matangi mudra also helps in the stimulation of the pancreas and adrenal glands, which are responsible for the extraction of prana or energy from the digested food.
4. Padma Mudra for Heart Chakra
Colour – GREEN | Mantra – YAM | Element – AIR
Padma mudra can be compared with the journey of an individual from stucked life to enlightenment. Heart Chakra promotes the quality of trust, compassion, love, and forgiveness but an imbalanced chakra can restrict one to follow his/her heart.
- This mudra induces the prana flow to directs the spiritual energy towards the heart chakra. This opens or balances the respective chakra and showers the practitioner with deep contentment, harmony, and a state of happiness regarding self.
- Padma mudra freed the one from the web of attachments and give him/her the feeling of completeness within themselves.
- It also connects the two hemispheres of the brain, which represents the connection between the universe and the person himself/herself.
5. Akash Mudra for Throat Chakra
Colour – BLUE | Mantra – HAM | Element – ETHER
The gesture of Akash mudra is formed by the contact of the tip of the middle finger and thumb. As the work of throat chakra is to convey feelings, emotions, and thoughts, Akash mudra promotes it by increasing space elements.
- According to acupressure, tips of the middle finger and thumb possess some pressure points which on pressing clears the respiratory pathway and promotes the prana flow. This opens and balances the throat chakra.
- Ayurveda claims that migraine is the result of the low space elements. Therefore, Akash mudra helps in increasing it.
- This mudra increases the other four elements (air, water, fire, and earth) as well with the space elements. This has a certain inducing and balancing effect on other chakras as well.
6. Kalesvara Mudra for Third Eye Chakra
Colour – INDIGO | Mantra – AUM | Element – LIGHT
Kalesvara mudra is a hand gesture, which slows down the rage of thoughts and makes the mind serene.
- Kalesvara mudra helps in directing the flow of spiritual energy to the Ajna chakra. This unblocks or balances the chakra by channeling the flow through associated Nadis.
- This mudra manages the feelings and emotions in a way that, how, the particular one affects the psychological and physical wellbeing of an individual.
- This mudra improves memory and concentration by channeling the energy to the brain. However, it also helps in maintaining the anti-addictive behavior of a person.
Steps to Perform Kalesvara Mudra
- Begin with the sitting and touch your middle finger first from the tip, after extending.
- Now, curl the rest of the fingers inward except the thumb and touch them from the second joints.
- Finally, point your thumb towards the chest and maintain the gesture by focusing on the deep and calm breathing.
7. Hakini Mudra for Crown Chakra
Colour – VIOLET | Mantra – AH | Element – COSMOS
‘Hakini’ represents the goddess of the subtle mind. The hand gesture of this mudra involves all fingers touching the tips of each other, which balances the five elements of the body.
- Hakini mudra directs the spiritual energy to reach to the final destination, where it stimulates the crown chakra. This awakens the individual and he/she finds themselves in a totally new realm of bliss and harmony.
- This mudra creates a coordinated communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Further, it improves creative decision makings and logical thinking.
- This mudra brings a feeling of joy and self-contentment. It enhances brain energy and cultivates clarity of mind. However, it also promotes healing at various stages of physical, emotional, and spiritual being.
Steps to perform Hakini mudra
- Starting with sitting and bring hand together to touch the tips of all the fingers gently.
- Palms of both the hands remain intact and facing each other.
- Maintain the posture. Now close your eyes and focus on breathing.
The Connection Between Mudras & Chakras
The common entity works in both the concepts, Mudras & chakras, is the Nadis network throughout our body.
Our fingers are comprised to have 5 elements of the body (In Sanskrit, Panch Tatva), from which our chakras system is made up of.
When we perform a specific mudra in yoga, it means we are supposed to stimulate certain Nadis (energy channel) present in the body. Further, these Nadis are the same entity that converges at certain places to develop chakras.
In this way, stimulating Nadis through mudra practice is the same as activating the switch of a chakra.
However, imbalanced or blocked chakras result in various body ailments. This can be only settled with the help of appropriate yogic techniques, one of which is called mudra.