Welcome back to the Zenned Out blog for the second post in our series on yoga mudras. Last week we provided a brief overview of mudras and their benefits. Today and in the following weeks, I want to dive a bit deeper into each individual mudra. Yoga mudras are a set of hand gestures corresponding to the five elements (fire, air, water, earth, and heaven/ether) that help to focus and balance the human body. The Prithvi Mudra is so-called because it helps to equalize the element of Prithvi, or earth, within the body. It is also said to activate the root chakra.
The Prithvi Mudra is created by touching the ring finger to the thumb, with the rest of the fingers extended. It increases the earth element within the body, while decreasing the fire element. Earth elements consist of a vital component of bodily tissues like bones, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, flesh, muscles, tendons, internal organs, etc.
It is recommended to begin by holding this mudra in 10-minute increments, slowly building up to 45 minutes a day. Practicing the Prithvi mudra builds and invigorates these important bodily structures, thus increasing vitality, strength, and endurance. It can also help with illness recovery, especially chronic fatigue, and can also work wonders for weight loss and stamina.
As we start a new month and perhaps refocus on some of our resolutions for the upcoming year, I think the Prithvi mudra could be highly beneficial. I know I for one could use a little extra energy throughout the day! Have you started to incorporate mudras into your yoga or meditation practices?
Cassie Uhl is a published author, artist, intuitive, and founder of Zenned Out. She created Zenned Out in 2012 with the mission to build a brand that normalizes spirituality. In 2018 she self-published her popular and interactive Goddess Discovery Book series. In 2020 her writing and art became more mainstream with Understanding Auras, Understanding Crystals, and Understanding Chakras, published by The Quarto Group. Her writing style and art combine to help marry accessibility with deep spiritual topics. It is her goal to help others understand and live spiritual practices that can change the world. Inspired by her open-minded grandmother, Cassie has been meditating and working with her energy since her teenage years. She received her 200hr YTT in 2012 with a focus on breathwork. Now, her work focuses on energy work, journeying, mediumship, death midwifery, and healing through traditional Celtic shamanic practices.