Buddhi Mudra

Last Updated: July 26, 2017

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."

Buddhi Mudra

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

During These Times of Stress and Uncertainty Your Chakras May Be Blocked.

To help you bring attention to your chakras and to identify which of your chakras are causing you issues, we created the following quiz.

Try not to stress over every question, but simply answer based off your intuition. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else.

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