In traditional forms of Yoga, like Hatha Yoga, Mudras play an important role and are often used along with meditation and Pranayamas or Yogic breathing exercises. Mudras are distinct from Asanas, but can include specific postures, typically they are focused on touching the hands with the fingers in a specific manner. These techniques are used to simulate various bodily functions which can improve the flow of Prana and help to balance Doshas, greatly improving your health. While you can benefit from practising a wide range of Mudras, the Surya Mudra is particularly beneficial and is a good starting point.
The Surya Mudra is regarded as one of the most important Yogic Mudras and is also one of the easiest to practice. It belongs to the category of Hasta Mudras or hand gestures, positioning specific fingers in a particular manner; usually, while seated in the lotus position. As it strengthens the fire element and helps reduce the excessive buildup of Kapha, it is also commonly referred to as Agni Mudra.
It is fairly easy to learn the Sury Mudra, as the Mudra simply requires the use of your ring finger or the fourth finger.
The ideal time to practice Surya Mudra would be at sunrise or sunset, but it can be practised at any time of the day and in any location. However, it’s best to practice the Mudra at least two hours before or after consuming a heavy meal like lunch.
Surya Mudra is one of the best Mudras for beginners because of its simplicity and wide-ranging health benefits. As it strengthens Agni and pacifies Kapha, the Mudra is known to provide relief from conditions associated with vitiated Kapha. Accordingly, some of the notable health benefits of Surya Mudra include:
Although the Surya Mudra is great for your health and wellbeing, it is best to limit the duration of practice during the summer months and when there is any weakness of the body. For more advice, you should speak to an Ayurvedic practitioner or Yoga instructor.
This article is reviewed by Suchitra Marwah