Prithvi Mudra (Earth Seal)
Prithvi Mudra for strength, endurance, healthy weight & glowing skin
Connect the tip of the thumb (fire) with the tip of the ring finger (earth) Rest your hands on your knees or in your lap. Alternatively place the wrists on the knees with the fingers facing towards the Earth (my preferred method)
Prithvi Mudra is a great mudra to practice at this time of year (or any time of year for that matter!) We are in the season of the Earth Element and transitioning into the season of Metal. Earth stabilizes and supports this transition.
The Earth Element supports the physical body, therefore Prithvi Mudra can promote endurance and bring strength and nourishment to our physical body... the bones, muscles, tissues & organs.
When done regularly it raises our energy levels, regulates body temperature, helps us maintain a healthy weight, and gives us glowing skin & shining, healthy hair.
It helps ground us and supports a stable mind, which is great not only for meditation, but for us to stay calm and connected through the stresses of daily lives.
The thumb is our fire element, the ring finger, earth. When we join these together we create an energetic connection. The fire gives a spark of energy to earth.
Recommended practice is 35-45 minutes a day but this does not have to be done in one shot. In a perfect world we would practice in a quite place with focused awareness, but that is not always possible! So practice whenever you have time. On the bus, at the airport or in front of the tv. This mudra will still be effective.
There is some thought that this Mudra should not be practiced with anyone with asthma or compulsive obsessive behaviour as we add energy to the earth element which can aggravate these conditions. I am of the opinion that the body has an innate wisdom & intelligence and will only take the energy it needs to bring everything into balance.
As with everything, self awareness is key. Pay attention to how the mudra feels to you.
One of my favourite mudras! Garuda Mudra is often used in India dance, It symbolises the Eagle and works on the element of Air, or in the Chinese Five Elements, the element of Metal
Using Garuda Mudra regularly can benefit the heart and lungs. When we connect the thumbs we are activating the Fire Element for transformation and purification. The other fingers, and the elements they represent, are stretched out and free, like great wings of an eagle.
Garuda Mudra gives us a sense of freedom and movement. It creates space in out physical bodies, our minds and our lives.
It cleanses and strengthens the lungs, frees the breath, opens the heart, oxygenates the blood and aids in waste elimination
It balances our energy, our moods and our thoughts.
It is particularly powerful to use in Autumn, which is the time of the Metal Element in TCM. It is a time when the energies of the universe are turning inwards. It is a time of nourishment, reflection, inspiration, cleansing and clearing out that which no longer serves us.