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The Five Elements Within Us

The universe is made of five elements, and each of the five fingers is represented by one of these
elements. The thumb represents the fire, as well as universal consciousness. The index finger
represents air and individual consciousness.

The middle finger represents akasha, or connection. The ring finger represents earth, and the little
finger the element of water.

When these five elements are not in balance, we can experience disease in the body. Mudras are
one way of creating a balance between all of these elements within us. Read on and attune yourself
with some of these common mudras.

1. Gyana Mudra

Hand with thumb and index finger touching in Gyana mudra

This is perhaps the most used mudra in yoga and is also known as the chin mudra. To do this, bring
the tips of the thumb and index finger together, and keep the other three fingers together, lightly
stretched. This symbolizes the unity of fire and air as well as the unity of universal and individual
consciousness.

The Gyana mudra increases concentration, creativity, and is a gesture of knowledge. Keep your
palms facing upwards when feeling receptive or rest your palm on your leg when you wish to feel
more grounded.

2. Shuni Mudra

Thumb touches tip of middle finger

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Bring the tip of the middle finger and thumb together, uniting the elements of fire and connection.
This mudra symbolizes patience and discipline, and helps us generate a feeling of stability. Use this
mudra when you feel you need additional strength to follow through with tasks.

3. Surya Ravi Mudra

Thumb and ring finger together in Surya Ravi mudra

Unite the tip of the ring finger and the thumb, and you bring together the elements of fire and
earth. This mudra represents energy and health, and it provides us with a feeling of balance. It can
also help with bringing positive changes into our lives.

4. Buddhi Mudra

Thumb and pinky finger together for Buddhi mudra

By touching the tips of the little finger and thumb together, you are enhancing intuitive
communication. The elements of fire and water are brought together, and this symbolizes
communication and openness. It can also help strengthen your intuitive knowledge.

5. Prana Mudra

Thumb, ring, and pinky fingers touch in prana mudra

The Prana mudra activates the dormant energy within the body. To do this, place the tips of your
thumb, ring finger, and little finger together. This mudra symbolizes the vital energy of prana, and
will encourage the flow of this energy, making you feel energized and strong.

6. Dhyana Mudra
Palms facing up with hand over hand and thumb tips touching

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This mudra provides calming energy for meditation and is used for deep contemplation and
reflection. To do this, place your hands on your lap, left palm under, palms facing up, and the tips of
the thumbs touching.

7. Anjali Mudra

Palms together at heart center

Bringing the palms together in front of the heart space symbolizes honor and respect toward
yourself and toward the universe. This mudra expresses love and gratitude. Namaste.