Yoga Mudras are hand gestures that help to change the state of mind and restore the balance of elements in the body. These Mudras press the acupuncture points in the hands that help to redirect the flow of energies in the body. There are many Yoga Mudras, such as Vayu Mudra, Brahma Mudra, Prithvi Mudra, etc., each with its own characteristics, benefits and uses.
What Is Brahma Mudra?
Brahma Mudra is a hand gesture that is known for its symbolic and healing qualities. The word Brahma means divine, and therefore, this Mudra is considered to be highly spiritual. It involves the coordination of the head, neck, mind and the sound of Om.
What are the Benefits of Brahma Mudra?
- All Yoga Mudras help to balance certain elements in the body. Brahma Mudra is known as Sampoorna Mudra. It restores the balance of all the five elements or Panchamahabhutas in the body.
- Brahma Mudra helps to improve the flow of Prana or energy of life force throughout the body.
- It also helps alleviate stress, bring peace, improve focus and boost energy levels in the body.
- Brahma Mudra helps to release negative energy from the body and bring the flow of positive thoughts.
- It also helps to detoxify the body.
- Brahma Mudra is highly effective in relieving pain and stiffness in the head, neck, shoulders and upper back region. It helps to stimulate and optimize all the functions of the neck region.
- It is highly beneficial in the treatment of cervical spondylitis and shoulder osteoarthritis.
- Brahma Mudra is highly beneficial in stimulating and boosting digestive functions. It helps to reduce extra gas in the abdominal system.
- It enhances memory and boosts the functioning of the nervous system.
- Brahma Mudra helps to activate and energize Ajna, Sahasrara, Vishuddha and Manipura Chakras in the body.
How to Do Brahma Mudra?
This Mudra is best practised during the early morning, with an empty stomach. However, you may practice it at any time during the day, if morning time is not convenient.
Brahma Mudra helps revitalize all the Panchamahabhutas in the body, and therefore, the mantra Om is an important component of this Mudra. It is a mix of four sounds, ‘aah’, ‘uuuh’, ‘eeeh’ and ‘mmmh’, that help balance all the five elements.
To practice Brahma Mudra, you may follow the steps mentioned below:
- Step 1: Sit in a comfortable position. The most ideal poses are Vajrasana (diamond pose), Sukhasana (easy pose) and Padmasana (lotus pose).
- Step 2: Place your hands on the thighs in a way that your palms face the ceiling. Then, fold your thumbs inwards and make them touch the little fingers. Wrap the other fingers over your thumb and make a fist or clenched hand.
- Step 3: Bring the knuckles of both hands together and press them against each other. Rest your fists against the pubic bone while pressing the knuckles.
- Step 4: Close your eyes and focus on the Mudra.
- Step 5: Now, inhale slowly and gently turn your head towards the right. Then, exhale and make the sound ‘aah’ as you gently bring your head towards the centre.
- Step 6: Inhale again and turn your head towards the left. As you exhale, make the sound of ‘uuuh’ and bring your head back to the centre.
- Step 7: Now, bend your head backwards as you inhale. Make the sound of ‘eeeh’ while exhaling and bringing your head back to the centre.
- Step 8: Lastly, inhale and bend your head down as you rest your chin on your chest. Exhale slowly and make the sound of ‘mmmh’ and gently lift your head back to the centre.
- Step 9: Repeat this process 3-12 times and maintain your breathing patterns.
Precautions and Side Effects of Brahma Mudra
- If you are going to practice Brahma Mudra after meals, you must take at least a 45-60 minute break after taking food.
- People who have an imbalance of Kapha Dosha or have a Kapha body constitution should not practice this Mudra for a long duration.
Brahma Mudra is one of the best hand gestures to restore the balance of all the five elements in the body. It helps to alleviate stress and depression. The most important therapeutic use of Brahma Mudra is in neck disorders. It helps to relieve pain from the neck and treat many diseases such as cervical spondylitis. It is also highly effective in boosting digestion. Regular practice of Brahma Mudra can yield many benefits and help improve the flow of Prana in the body.