Vajra Mudra is an easy yoga Mudra for beginners. Here’s everything you need to know about the meaning, benefits, and how to do Vajra Mudra.
Definition – What is Vajra Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?
Vajra Mudra is a type of Mudra or hand gesture. In Sanskrit “Mudra” means “Thunderbolt or a sacred mythical weapon.”
Vajra Mudra is also known as Bodhiyangi Mudra as with the help of this Mudra ignorance can be transformed into wisdom.
With the help of this Mudra, one can improve blood circulation. So, it is ideal for those with low circulation or less circulation, those who have a condition of low blood pressure. So, technically if blood circulation is low in and around the brain then it serves a great value.
As it increases the blood flow in our body, especially around our head. So, it is quite helpful in achieving better mind control. It improves brain functioning as well. It is for those who want better control over the mind.
According to some texts it can also be known as Mudra dedicated to “firmness of Spirituality“. As it helps us to achieve great knowledge through better functioning of our brain.
How to practice this Mudra: In this Mudra we keep the index finger extended whereas we keep all the remaining fingers pressing against the thumb.
Here, our extended index finger denotes the sacred mythical weapon or thunderbolt. It can still be seen practiced in various traditions and religions.
This Mudra is believed to balance all the elements in our body as it incorporates the little finger (Which symbolizes water), ring finger (Symbolises Earth), Middle finger (Symbolises Air), and Thumb (Symbolises Fire).
As per Hindu mythology, Vajra is a mythical weapon that was used by Indra (God of thunder). This first increases the air element which in turn ignites the fire element in our body, increasing the blood flow.
How to Do Vajra Mudra?
- First, sit in any comfortable meditative pose.
- Keep your neck and spine straight.
- Gently close your eyes if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Keep your elbow relaxed.
- Hand comfortably placed on your knees, palm facing upward.
- Keep the index finger extended effortlessly, now start to bend the remaining finger and the thumb in such a manner that all the remaining fingers and thumb are pressing each other.
- Make sure to do this in both of your hands.
- In this Mudra, your little finger, ring finger & middle finger will be pressing against each other as well.
- You can also practice this Mudra in other asanas if you feel comfortable while doing so.
Vajra Mudra Benefits
- As it increases fire element in our blood with the help of air element. It greatly promotes better blood circulation throughout the body.
- When blood circulation improves it improves brain functioning and increases our healing power. It also greatly helps people who tend to have dizziness and fatigue.
- If it is practiced in the right manner, it can increase immunity, can sharpen our minds. And can improve our cognitive functioning as well.
- It is also very helpful in increasing the concentration power, so it is very much helpful for students and working professionals.
- As it balances all the elements. So, those who are facing problems due to imbalance caused by different elements can also be benefitted from this Mudra.
Vajra Mudra Precautions and Contraindications
It has no side effects and is completely safe to practice. However, we need to remember a few precautions:
- People who have high blood pressure issues should not practice this for too long. In such a scenario it should only be practiced for 10 mins at maximum in a day.
- It should not be practiced for an extended period.
- You should not press your fingers too much as it is a sign of instability.
When and how long to do Vajra Mudra?
- If you want to improve your blood circulation, then this Mudra can be practiced.
- If you feel tired all the time, then this Mudra is an ideal Mudra to start with.
Morning is the ideal time to do any yoga or Mudra. In the morning, during the daytime, our brain is at its best. So, you are more likely to be able to concentrate easily. Therefore, you should practice this Mudra from 4 am and 6 am to get the most effective outcomes.
If you are having difficulty with this during the morning hours, then you can do this Mudra later in the evening too.
It is recommended to practice this Mudra for a minimum of 30-40 minutes daily. It’s up to you whether you wish to complete it in one stretch or in two threes that last between 10 and 15 minutes. Based on research the best way to practice an exercise for at least 20 minutes is to get the best benefits of that particular Mudra.
Breathing in Vajra Mudra
- Abdominal Breathing and Yogic breathing.
- You can practice various Pranayama as well. It will exponentially increase its benefits.
Visualization in Vajra Mudra
- Visualize that you are running on an unpaved road.
- Imagine that your heart is beating to fuel your body.
- You are not feeling tired at all it is like you have been made to run on this beautiful road.
Affirmation in Vajra Mudra
“I am thankful for my heart, my heart fills me with constant power to do more and more in my life.”
The Vajra Mudra is a Mudra, or hand gesture, that has many benefits. Some of these benefits include improving mental focus and concentration, stimulating the third eye chakra, increasing psychic abilities, and providing relief from stress and anxiety. If you’re interested in learning more about Mudras and how to use them correctly, be sure to check out our Mudras Certification Course. This course covers all 108 Mudras and provides expert instruction on their correct usage.