In this post, we are going to look at prana mudra. If you are low on energy and lack vitality, this article is for you.
What is Prana Mudra
Prana mudra is a hasta mudra which means it’s a hand seal. Prana means energy or life so it is used to create a seal which actives energy in the subtle body.
Also known as the life force seal, pran mudra, kapha karak mudra, and pitta-nashak mudra.
This is a great mudra if you are feeling fatigued or generally weak.
How to Do the Prana Mudra
Begin in a seated position, such as Padmasana (lotus pose), Sukhasana (easy pose), or Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose). You can also do it while standing or lying down, but when you are seated it helps to maintain meditative focus. Not matter the position, ensure your spine is straight.
With each hand, bring the tips of the thumb, ring finger, and little finger together.
The index and middle fingers should be extended straight.
You can place your hands on your thighs or by your sides if you are standing.
You can close your eyes to focus inwards and enhance concentration.
Breathe normally and focus on your breath. Feel the flow of energy as you inhale and exhale.
Hold the Prana Mudra for at least 5-15 minutes. However, there’s no strict time limit. You can practice it as long as you’re comfortable.
To end the mudra, slowly release the fingers and place your hands on your thighs with the palms facing upwards. Take a few deep breaths before opening your eyes.
The Benefits of Prana Mudra
A prana deficiency in the body leads to fatigue, weakness, general poor health and lack of motivation.
Prana mudra corrects this.
The other benefits include…
As the name suggests, Prana Mudra activates the life force energy within the body.
Regular practice of this mudra is thought to benefit the eyes and can help in treating eye-related disorders.
Balances the Doshas:
According to Ayurveda, Prana Mudra helps balance the three doshas – Vata (air and ether elements), Pitta (fire element), and Kapha (earth and water elements).
Activates the Root Chakra
The nadis carry the life force and energy in the body. The three nadis main point is at the root chakra.
It’s believed to strengthen the immune system, making the body more resilient to diseases.
Practicing the life force mudra can enhance the body’s digestive function.
Enhanced Mental Focus:
As with many meditative practices, using mudras can help improve concentration and mental clarity.
Regulation of the Heartbeat:
The mudra can aid in regulating irregular heartbeats and provides strength to the heart.
Helps reduce physical and mental fatigue and provides a sense of renewed energy.
Supports Respiratory Health:
The mudra can aid in alleviating issues related to respiration and can be beneficial for people with asthma.
As with many meditation and yoga practices, Prana Mudra can help alleviate stress and induce a state of calm. Also see Mudra for protection.
Like yoga mudrasana, this Mudra is believed to awaken the Kundalini energy and aid in spiritual growth.
Life Force Mudra Precautions
- Avoid practicing Prana Mudra when you are suffering from rhinorrhea, cold, and cough.
- Speak to a yoga instructor if you are breastfeeding.
- If you have back problems do not do prana mudra
Prana Mudra and the Five Elements
According to yogic and Ayurvedic traditions, Mudra is intimately connected to the concept of the Pancha Mahabhutas, or the five great elements.
These elements are:
Akasha (Ether or Space)
Each finger in the hand is said to represent one of these five elements:
Thumb represents Agni (Fire)
Index finger represents Vayu (Air)
Middle finger represents Akasha (Ether or Space)
Ring finger represents Prithvi (Earth)
Little finger represents Jala (Water)
The Elements In Prana Mudra:
The thumb (Fire) touches the ring finger (Earth) and the little finger (Water).
The union of these three elements is symbolic and also by connecting these fingers, the mudra activates the body’s dormant energy.
Fire (thumb) is the energy that ignites.
Earth (ring finger) represents the physical body and its stability.
Water (little finger) denotes cohesion and fluidity, essential for life’s processes.
By performing the Pran Mudra, you balance these elements in the body.
This particular mudra, by emphasizing the Fire, Earth, and Water elements, strengthens the life force, bringing stability and vitality to the physical body.
Prana mudra is a hand seal that wakes up dormant energy in the subtle body.
It has many benefits including increasing vitality, making you feel fully alive and giving you a robust immune system and health.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy prana deficiency causes many physical and mental health issues. It also states that the prana mudra balances the five elements to create a healthy harmonious you.
The is a safe mudra to practice, however avoid it or seek professional guidance if you are breast feeding, have back issues or are suffering from a cough or cold.