Mudras – hand positions that help

Mudras are specific hand positions that help with specific energetic needs. In the world there are hundreds of mudras that are used – many are enshrined in Buddhist temples.

I’d like to draw your attention to 8 mudras that we use in Jin Shin Jyutsu. They can be used when helping yourself and helping others. The feature image for this post includes pictures from 8 different people (if you’d like a copy, just let me know). Everyone will hold the positions slightly differently. If you find a certain position difficult, be gentle with yourself – you can adjust as needed. As you practice the mudra more, you’ll likely find that your hands become more flexible.

Donadea Forest Park Meditation bench

There are extended descriptions listed below for each of the mudras. I took these pictures at the local forest Donadea Forest Park. A lovely setting – you can practice the mudras anywhere – and sometimes it’s nice to take a break in nature and meditate while you hold your fingers.

As you’re holding these mudras, you are also holding each of your fingers – this has additional benefits because each part of our hand supports particular functions in our body. We can improve our entire beings by holding our hands.

A gentle meditation might be to hold each mudra for three conscious exhalations (breathe out and let go of your worries and tensions; breathe in and receive the abundance and support from the universe). You’ll have more than the 36 recommended conscious exhalations but that’s okay.

Being present and following your breath is beneficial – and even more so when you’re practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Mudra 1

  • helps us to exhale our burdens.
  • helps with our vision
  • helps with frustration
  • helps with decision making

Mudra 2

  • helps us to inhale abundance.
  • helps with our hearing.
  • helps with sore feet.
  • helps with our eyes.

Mudra 3

  • helps to calm and revitalise us.
  • helps with our heart.
  • helps with depression.
  • helps to walk and breathe freely.

Mudra 4

  • helps us to release daily fatigue.
  • helps us to feel secure
  • helps us be youthful.
  • helps with worry.

Mudra 5

  • helps with our total revitalisation.
  • helps us to be at ease.
  • helps with our complexion.
  • helps reduce craving for sweets.

Mudra 6

  • helps us to breathe freely.
  • helps us if we’re clumsy.
  • helps with our common sense.
  • helps with our ears.

Mudra 7

  • helps us to exhale and let go.
  • helps release tension in our heads.
  • helps digestive functions.
  • helps our legs.

Mudra 8

  • helps us to receive abundance.
  • helps to release back tension.
  • helps with general well-being.
  • helps to receive the Breath of Life.

If you find yourself feeling specific needs, you can hold the relevant mudra for as long as you like.

One of my favourites is the ‘breathe freely’ mudra – where you hold your ring finger and your thumb together. Very useful when out walking!

Which mudra will you practice today?

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