Prana mudra activates the root chakra (muladhara) for an optimum mind-body health. Chakras are the centers in the body through which the prana (life energy) flows. In simple words, the chakras can be considered as small, spinning fans that send and receive energy. There are total 7 chakras in the human body. For optimum mind-body health, energy should flow through these chakras interruptedly. Blocked/ imbalanced chakras would bring physical as well as mental illness and disorders.
Root charka, also known as muladhara, is located at the base of the spine- it deals with the survival instinct of life and it is blocked by various kinds of fears. It is the most influential chakra and lays the foundation for other chakras of the body. A person with blocked/ imbalanced root chakra would display one or more of the below symptoms:
- Short tempered, aggressive behavior
- Poor decision making
- Low self confidence
On the physical level, the blocked root chakra may cause below symptoms:
- Back pain
- Weight issues
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A person with toned root chakra would be confident having a positive outlook towards life. He/she would have faith in self and people around and would enjoy a healthy relationship with family and friends.
Prana mudra is a Yoga mudra
According to the ancient principles of Yoga and Ayurveda, the human body is made up of 5 elements- water, air, fire, earth and space. The fingers of our hands denote these elements as below:
These five elements further constitute the three doshas-
- Vata (air + space)
- Pitta (fire + water)
- Kapha (Space + earth)
Hence, the whole concept of Ayurveda and Yoga aims to balance these five elements which would eventually balance all the three doshas and bring optimum mind-body health.
How the Yoga mudras balance body elements?
To form a yoga mudra, one or more fingers touch the thumb to complete an electric circuit so that the electromagnetic current can flow through the fingers and balance the elements represented by those fingers.
This mudra stimulates the three prominent elements of the body- earth (ring finger), water (little finger) and fire (thumb) to eradicate any sorts of blockages and ensure smooth flow of prana throughout the body. Regular practice of prana mudra would build a sort of energy bank in your body to keep you energized throughout the day.
Health benefits of Prana mudra
- Mental health
Regular practice of prana mudra helps to overcome the feeling of insecurity, nervousness, anxiety and low self confidence and makes a person bold with inner stability and clarity of thoughts. It makes a person courageous and self confident enough to face day to day challenges of the life.
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- Physical health
It is very effective for all sorts of health problems related to low energy levels- fatigue, low immunity, poor body metabolism, sluggish digestive system and nutritional (vitamin) deficiency. It improves the blood circulation to eradicate various health issues- muscle pain, skin rashes, eye disorders, headache and migraine.
- Spiritual health
Regular practice of prana mudra improves concentration and creates vibrations in the body. Hence, if you practice prana mudra during meditation, it helps to take you into deeper meditation experience.
- Social health
A person practicing Prana mudra regularly would develop a healthy appetite for all the small and large adventures of life. He/she would enjoy an active social life and embrace various changes in the life with great pleasure and joy.
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