“Our thumbs, fingers and palms of our hands emit currents of energy. By creating certain postures with your hands, fingers and thumbs you open up energy channels to encourage flow and healing”.
There have been so many amazing healing stories talked and written about the shiva linga hand mudra that its hard to ignore. So, I thought I’d share this potent hand mudra with you as it’s one I’ve been doing every morning since last October, right before my alternate nostril breathing.
I must admit there is something quite settling and very comforting sitting on my yoga bolster and bringing my breath and awareness onto the sensations this hand mudra has on my whole being.
From my experience mudra’s subtly bring balance back into my body.
Somedays I feel their balancing and healing effects whilst other days I don’t – and simply trust they are working their magic.
My inspiration for practising this hand mudra is that I’m following the wisdom of Maya Tiwari at the moment.
I was also blessed recently to have met her and experienced her teachings on meditation and women’s healing rituals firsthand. Such a joy.
The shiva linga mudra is one of the first mudra’s she recommends to bring balance back to our nervous system and breath along with strengthening of our prana (energy).
I’ve decided to share two variation of the shivalinga hand mudra from two wise women. The first from Maya Tiwari and the second from Gertud Hirschi whose book and hand mudra’s deck of cards I’ve used for years.
Strengthen your prana with Shiva linga mudra:
“The effect of mudras can be intensified with your breath, mindfulness and focus”
Maya Tiwari has taught her students for decades that this mudra merges your shakti and shiva energies, brings the nervous system and breath into a state of balance. “It’s a vital practice for strengthening your prana or breath-energy which will, in turn make you aware of the rhythms of your subtle body. This practice brings about a deep state of calm within the body and harmony within yourself and your relationships”
The practice by Maya Tiwari
- Sit upright in a quiet comfortable chair or pillow.
- Bring your left hand close to the chest with the palm facing upward.
- Keep the fingers together
- Make a fist with your right hand and place it securely on the left palm.
- Extend the right thumb upward
- The right hand is a metaphor for your solar breath (right nostril)
- The left hand is a metaphor for your luna breath (left nostril)
- Close your eyes and mediate
Help the healing process:
Gertrud teaches that this mudra can be used against tiredness, dissatisfaction, listlessness and depression. “We can use it when we feel drained. You can do it while you are waiting. This mudra helps the healing process, no matter where we are sick. In terms of healing, this mdra is responsible for many more wonders than people know. Keep this fact in the back of your mind when you need healing”. Gertrud Hirschi
The practice by Gertrud Hirschi
Do as often as you like.
- Hold the fingers of the left hand close together level with the abdomen with elbows pointing outward and slightly forward.
- Left hand is shaped like a bowl to hold the right hand
- Right hand forms fist with thumb pointing upwards
- Imagine your left hand a mortar
- Imagine your right hand a pestle
- During your first breaths, mentally let whatever makes you feel sick fall like dark pebbles into your left hand.
- With the edge of your right hand, grind everything into the finest dust, which you then blow away from your hand like fine sand.
- Then remain seated and let the energy flow
On my bedside table:
Judith Lasater has been teaching restorative yoga for over 20 years. Her book is a great place to start learning oreven fine tune your Restorative Yoga postures. It covers postures for headaches, menopause, stress, back pain, pregnancy and more. I so love this book- Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times.