Name: Prana or Pran Mudra
What It Does: This mudra of "energy" or "life" is said to stimulate the root chakra, which creates vibration and heat. It energizes or awakens the body (Well Being Mantras).
How to Perform the Mudra: Begin Prana Mudra while sitting down in a meditative position or while standing in Tadasana. It can also be performed at any time for a quick boost of energy.
To start, keep your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Bring your hands to your sides and touch the tips of your ring finger and pinky finger to your thumb. Leave your index and middle finger pointed straight. Feel the surge of prana moving through your body.
Effects: It's said that this mudra acts like a "cure all," benefiting everything from eyesight to fatigue, to skin rashes to vitamin deficiency. It reduces tiredness and nervousness in the body and can help bring clarity and focus (Well Being Mantras). It also said to help control emotions, enhance self-confidence and improve circulation, as the water, earth and fire elements are joined in this mudra.
Length of Practice: Practice this mudra for around 15 to 30 minutes.
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