In Yoga the 5 elements are mirrored in our hands, with each finger representing a different aspect.
These in turn relate to regions around the central axis of the body otherwise known as Sushumna Nadi.
The Thumb represents the element of fire. We use it to activate and draw attention to the sensitive fingertip pads of the other four fingers.
- EARTH Thumb to Ring Finger
- WATER Thumb to Little Finger
- AIR Thumb to Index Finger
- ETHER Thumb to Middle Finger
Sit with these 4 mudras and be curious as to whether this connection resonates for you.
You can use them in sitting meditation, or, I love using them in flow sequences to deepen the experience of the postures. For example Prithvi Mudra works well in Warrior 2 as it is a posture which works the legs strongly and reaffirms our sense of stability and earth.
The next time you practice have a play and see if you can find a home here and there for an elemental mudra.
PRITHVI MUDRA- This is commonly used as a grounding mudra as it relates to the element of Earth.
-Draw the tip of the thumb to the tip to the tip of the ring finger.
-Allow the other fingers to gently reach away from the wrists and rest the hands down, palms up.
-Close the eyes and drop the attention to the very base of the spine and any part of you that is touching the ground.
VARUNA MUDRA- Activating the element of water.
-Lightly bring the tip of the thumbing the tip of the little finger in contact with one another.
-Keeping the palms facing up, rest the hands down on the legs.
-Sit with the eyes closed and notice the pelvis, hips and lower back.
GYAN MUDRA- activates the element of Air.
-Draw the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger.
-Allow the other fingers to gently extend out and rest your hands on your legs.
-Close your eyes and draw notice the heart and lungs.
AKASH MUDRA- Activates the element of Ether.
-Connect the tip of the thumb to the middle finger.
-Allow the other fingers to extend and rest your hands on your legs.
-Draw the attention to the throat.
PHOTOS BY EMILIE HOBDAY