Buddhi Mudra

Definition - What does Buddhi Mudra mean?

Buddhi mudra is a simple yoga hand technique, or gesture, designed to balance the water element in the body and improve mental clarity. It is a hasta (hand) mudra and one of a series of therapeutic mudras thought to have healing properties. To perform this mudra, the tip of the little finger and the tip of the thumb touch with light pressure, and the other three fingers remain comfortably extended.

The term comes from the Sanskrit, buddhi, meaning “intellect” or “perception,” and mudra, meaning “gesture” or “seal.” It is also known as Varuna mudra, named for the Hindu god of water, and as jal-vardhak mudra from the Sanskrit, jal, meaning "water," and vardhak, meaning "enhance."

Yogapedia explains Buddhi Mudra

In English, this mudra is known as the seal of mental clarity. When the little finger, which symbolizes water and communication, touches the thumb, which represents divine nature and fire, the buddhi mudra signifies fluid communication and access to inner knowledge.

Practicing buddhi mudra is thought to develop psychic, intuitive energy and cure or provide relief from a range of diseases and ailments that result from a lack of water in the body, including:

  • Digestive issues, including indigestion and constipation
  • Skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Anemia and other blood-related problems
  • Disorders related to the bladder and kidneys

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