Earth Element

Mudra Monday: Rudra Mudra

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Rudra is another name for Lord Shiva, who is the destroyer, clearing the path so we can reach our highest potential

Rudra Mudra is a hand gesture used in yoga practice that is believed to have powerful healing and energising qualities. Rudra is a Sanskrit word that means “howler” or “terror.” It is also the name of a Rigvedic deity and is associated with the Hindu god Shiva.

This Mudra is thought to activate the solar plexus (Manipura) chakra, which is associated with personal transforming power. As a result, this Mudra has a wide range of physical and mental benefits, including: 

  • Improves mental clarity and concentration
  • Eases tension
  • Improves circulation and respiration
  • Reduces feelings of dizziness and exhaustion
  • Energises the body
  • Promotes a sense of empowerment
  • Therapeutic for low blood pressure

To perform Rudra Mudra, take a comfortable seated position, then touch the tips of the ring and index fingers to the top of the thumb, while the middle and little fingers extend comfortably. It is a particularly useful Mudra to use while setting an intention at the beginning of our physical asana practice as it can help focus our mind on reaching our full potential and achieving our goals.

Elements: Earth.

If you'd like to know more about Hasta Mudras you can read my introduction to the topic here and find all previous Mudra Monday blogs here.

Illustration © estudio mosa 2018

Mudra Monday: Prithvi Mudra

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A Sanskrit term, prithvi means "the vast one" and is also the Sanskrit name for Earth

Prithvi Mudra works to increase the Earth element within the practitioner, which strengthens and heals the physical body. It also reduces Agni (i.e. the Fire element), which means that it is particularly suitable for anyone with a Pitta-dominant Dosha.

In this mudra, the tips of the ring fingers are pressed to the tips of the thumbs on each hand, while the other fingers are kept straight.When used as part of our spiritual practice, the prithvi mudra is thought to influence the muladhara (root) chakra, which governs our sense of stability, rootedness and security. This chakra is also associated with our natural instincts and primal nature. It is recommended to practice this mudra in a quiet setting while meditating and focusing on the breath.

Elements: Earth.

If you'd like to know more about Hasta Mudras you can read my introduction to the topic here and find all previous Mudra Monday blogs here.

Illustration © estudio mosa 2018