The hand is magical as well as functional. Early in life we use our hands in our first exploration of the world as we learn to manipulate it and create in it. The yogis mapped out the hand areas and their associated parts of the body. Each area of the hand reflexes to a certain area of the body or brain. Each area also represents different emotions or behaviors. By curling, crossing, stretching and touching fingers to other fingers and areas we can effectively talk to the body and mind. The hands become a keyboard for input to our mind/body computer. Each of the six Mudras listed below is an example of this technique of giving clear messages to the mind/body energy system.

Gyan Mudra

Mudra: Place the tip of the thumb together with the tip of the index finger.

Stimulates: Knowledge and ability.

Planet: Jupiter - representing expansion.

Shuni Mudra

Mudra: Place the tip of the middle finger on the tip of the thumb.

Stimulates: Patience and discernment.

Planet: Saturn - the task master, the law of karma, the taking of responsibility and courage to hold to duty.

Surya or Ravi Mudra

Mudra: Place the tip of the ring finger on the tip of the thumb.

Stimulates: Revitalizing energy, nervous system strength and good health. Planet: Sun - energy, health and sexuality. Uranus - nervous system strength, intuition and change.

Buddhi Mudra

Mudra: Place the tip of the little finger on the tip of the thumb.

Stimulates: Capacity to communicate clearly and intuitively and psychic development.

Planet: Mercury - quickness and mental powers of communication.

Venus Lock

Mudra: Place the palms facing each other. Interlace the fingers with the left little finger on the bottom. Lightly press the left thumb tip on the webbing between the thumb and index finger of the right hand. Lightly press the tip of the right thumb into the fleshy mound at the base of the left hand. Thumb positions are reversed for women.

Stimulates: The Mudra channels the sexual energy and promotes glandular balance. It also brings the ability to focus or concentrate easily if you rest the Mudra in your lap while in a meditative posture.

Planet: Venus - energy of sensuality and sexuality.

April 25, 2002

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