A peaceful mind is the foundation of a healthy body. While chronic diseases often originate from the mind, scientific research has shown that excessive stress can cause muscle breakdown and weaken our inner organs. We need a strong immune system to minimize the effects of stress, and Ayurvedic teachings show us how to nourish and strengthen our minds. Here, we will explore four mudras (hand gestures) to cultivate good mental health. It’s recommended to perform these mudras at least 15 minutes per day, if possible, to activate their benefits.
Rule 1: Cultivate Tranquility
Jnana Mudra and Bhumisparsha Mudra
Tranquility is the key to a balanced mind. This state of calm can be achieved by performing the Jnana Mudra and Bhumisparsha Mudra, which encourage positive thoughts and welfare for all.
The Jnana Mudra, performed by connecting the tips of the thumb and the index finger, enhances prana (energy) in the mind. The Bhumisparsha Mudra, introduced by Lord Buddha, helps us feel grounded and connected to Earth.
Rule 2: Encourage Good Sleep
Overthinking and worry can keep our minds active, disrupting our sleep patterns. This worry can be overcome by performing the Dhyana Mudra, a gesture that promotes relaxation and tranquility. Performed by placing one palm on top of the other and touching the thumbs, this mudra can be done for about 15-20 minutes each evening to wind down.
Rule 3: Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude
Chronic illnesses can be exacerbated by depression and a weak mind. Thus, a positive mental attitude is essential for maintaining health. The Musti Mudra, performed by forming a strong fist, is an effective gesture for cultivating self-confidence and a positive and powerful mental attitude.
Rule 4: Keep a Balanced Mindset for Healthy Conception
This one has a long-term view in mind. Ayurvedic teachings suggest that our health, both physical and mental, is set in motion from the moment our parents conceive us in the womb. If the parents have a calm and happy state of mind, then they will be able to conceive healthy, well-balanced children. The Surabhi Mudra is recommended to balance the three Ayurvedic humors: Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. Achieving balance between these elements in parents will ensure that children are also healthy and balanced.
Final Word: The Importance of Prana Mudra
After practicing any mudra, it’s important to perform the Prana Mudra for at least 1-2 minutes. This mudra improves mental and physical energy levels and magnifies the effects of all other mudras. Executed by touching the tips of the little finger, ring finger, and thumb, focusing on deep breathing during this mudra will leave you feeling calm, strong, and settled.