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 as 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 the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.