The Linga Mudra is a powerful healing technique that generates warmth in the body. The heat produced by this mudra improves digestion and circulation. For our bodily functions to work optimally, it’s crucial to ignite and maintain this internal heat. In this article, we’ll explore how to perform the Linga Mudra, discuss its many benefits, and highlight important precautions you should take.
What are Mudras?
Mudras are hand gestures that activate a certain element or energy in the body. The five fingers represent the five elements. The energy activation point lies on the fingertips. When the fingertips are connected, the subtle energy in your body gets activated. The thumb represents the fire element. This element represents agni within the body, and it serves to activate all the other elements.
The index finger represents air, middle finger ether, ring finger earth and the little finger represents the water element.
When different hand formations, or mudras, are formed, the combination of subtle elements has a powerful effect on the mind and body.
How Can Mudras Heal?
There is a spiritual force that mediates our mind-body connection. Ayurveda says that when the elements in our body are balanced, our bodies and minds are healthy. Whenever imbalance arises, we can attain balance by activating specific elements using various mudras. Acupuncture is another method that involves activating specific points in the body and improving the flow of energy. Mudras act in a similar way. The tips of our fingers act like electrical potential points, and when the mudras are formed, they create an electrical circuit that circulates energy throughout the body. As this energy circulates, we feel a healing effect. The most astonishing fact is that our brain uses about 60% of its surface area to process the movements and sensations of the hands.
RECOMMENDED: For a complete guide to the many mudras and their benefits, check out Healing Mudras: Yoga of the Hands by Yogi Nataraj.
How to Perform the Linga Mudra?
- Interlock the fingers of both hands together.
- Extend your right thumb upwards and encircle it with your left thumb and index finger.
- Rest your left thumb in the gap between the right thumb and index finger.
- Hold this formation in front of your lower abdomen or pelvis.
When Should I Perform the Linga Mudra?
The Linga Mudra is useful for:
- Increasing heat within the body.
- Boosting energy levels.
- Stimulating digestion.
- Improving immunity.
- During meditation practices.
- Accelerating the healing process.
Precautions When Practicing Linga Mudra
Avoid practicing the Linga Mudra if your body already has excess heat.
What Chakras Does Linga Mudra Activate?
The Linga Mudra primarily activates the Fire Chakra (Manipura Chakra).
The Agni Mudra, Surabhi Mudra, and Adi Mudra are mudras similar to the Linga Mudra.
Related Yoga Poses
The Paschimottanasana (west stretching pose) and Navasana (Boat pose) are yoga poses that give similar effects as the Linga Mudra.
List of Mudra Guides
Mudras are very beneficial when performed with proper understanding. Mudras deal with individual elements, combinations of elements, the vital airs, the vital functions and even moods and feelings. Regular practice of each mudra based on our needs and present condition can help us achieve the specific results we are looking for. Please explore our various mudra guides and try out the practices that suit your needs
- Mudras for the Root Chakra
- Mudras for the Sacral Chakra
- Mudras for the Navel Chakra
- Mudras for the Heart Chakra
- Mudras for the Throat Chakra
- Mudras for the Third-eye Chakra
- Mudras for the Crown Chakra
Individual Mudra Guides
- Abhaya Mudra
- Adi Mudra
- Agni Mudra
- Akasha Mudra
- Anjali Mudra
- Apana Vayu Mudra
- Bhumisparsha Mudra
- Dharmachakra Mudra
- Dhyan Mudra
- Ganesha Mudra
- Gyan Mudra
- Kundalini Mudra
- Lotus Mudra
- Musti Mudra
- Prana Mudra
- Prithvi Mudra
- Rudra Mudra
- Shakti Mudra
- Shankha Mudra
- Shunya Mudra
- Surya Mudra
- Udana Vayu Mudra
- Varada Mudra
- Vayu Mudra
- Vitarka Mudra
- Yoni Mudra