Mudra means “seal” in Sanskrit. It’s a symbolic or ritual gesture using primarily the hands. Each position is believed to have a specific effect. Specific positions can lead to specific states of consciousness symbolized by the hand positions. For example, if a person frequently and with feeling does a position of fearlessness, they will also be freed from fearfulness in time. Mudras are said to engage areas of the brain and/or soul influencing them, sometimes physically, by their use—not unlike an affirmation, or reflexology for that matter.
Mudra for Detoxification
Since this time of year falls on the heels of some over-indulgence, I thought this Mudra would be appropriate. There are some experts that recommend regular detoxification of our diet. Here’s a great article from Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen about detoxing your kitchen instead: http://www.realage.com/blogs/doctor-oz-roizen/the-cleanse-that-really-works?cbr=fd1101_mn&eid=9123&memberid=5734411.
Yoga poses for the solar plexus mentioned above are also great detoxifiers. Here’s a more subtle method of detoxification to try. This mudra is said to remove toxins from the body—both physically and mentally.
How To: This mudra is done with both hands. Place your thumbs onto the inside edge of the lower joint of the ring fingers. All the others fingers are relaxed and extended, as shown. Hold this mudra for as long as you like.
“It is important to consider the things, in addition to waste materials and toxins, that you are willing to let go of—bad memories, old grudges, negative character traits, fears, etc. This will make room for something new. What should it be?”
Source: Mudras Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi