Definition - What does Prana Mudra mean?
Prana mudra is a simple yoga technique, or gesture, designed to increase vitality and activate the muladhara (root) chakra. The term comes from the Sanskrit, prana, meaning “life force” or “energy,” and mudra, meaning “gesture” or “seal.” To perform this mudra, the ring finger, little finger and thumb touch while the middle and index fingers are extended .
Prana mudra is a hasta (hand) mudra and one of a series of therapeutic mudras thought to have healing properties. It is best practiced in padmasana (lotus pose).
Yogapedia explains Prana Mudra
Mudras can be symbolic, but they are also used in
yoga and meditation to control the flow of energy in the body and
unblock chakras. Although hand mudras are the most common in yoga,
there are also head, postural, lock and perineal mudras.
Prana mudra is also known in Sanskrit as pran mudra, kapha karak mudra and pitta-nashak mudra. It is also sometimes referred to as the healing mudra. According to the traditional Indian medical practice of Ayurveda, this mudra increases kapha and decreases pitta dosha (bio-elements in the body).
Prana mudra is thought to offer numerous health benefits, including the following:
- Reduces fatigue and nervousness
- Enhances focus and clarity
- Builds self-confidence
- Improves circulation
- Benefits eyesight
- Therapeutic for rashes and vitamin deficiency
- Reduces insomnia
- Boosts the immune system