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Season 1 - Episode 12

Bhuja Mudra

5 min - Tutorial


Stiffness in the hands, wrists, and arms creates a stiffness in the heart. Laura leads us through Bhuja Mudra (Snake Mudra) to increase flexibility, warm the heart chakra, and bolster the immune system. One of the few mudras with an "other side," the practice creates greater communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain and sharpens the mind.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Namaste. Let's look at bhuja mudra. Bhuja means snake. So we're going to take our arms out and cross one over the other. Palms press firmly and interlace the hands. You're going to interlace all the way to the webbing. You're going to sort of wiggle like a snake, get it all nice and deeply connected. Squeeze the hands and roll the hands in. Now from here you want to have the shoulders relaxing back. So don't hunch forward like this. You're relaxing the shoulders back. Your knuckles are going to dig into the sternum and you soften your eyes.

Now you may already be able to tell that this mudra is for the wrist and the hands. The physical aspect of that is pretty incredible. If you've had any injuries or if you have a lot of tightness in your forearms, your wrists and your hands, this is the mudra for you. Now when we have again stiff hands, stiff wrists, stiff arms, it creates a stiffness in the heart chakra because we use our hands to speak our language. We talk with our hands most of us. And when that becomes stiff and you can't really do that, then all kinds of things start to break down on a very subtle level. The other aspect of budra mudra is that with the knuckles digging into the sternum and lifting the skin slightly, it stimulates the thymus gland.

And when your thymus gland is stimulated, your immune system is bolstered. So there's an avenue here of sort of a protection, protecting the immune system, creating flexibility, creating a warmth for the heart chakra. Remember to keep the back shoulders relaxed. Don't overwork the arms. Now there's a second side to this. So as we unwind, take a look at what arm is on top because you're going to switch that. Open the fingers and stretch the hands and then take the arm that's on top to the bottom.

Interlace again. Don't wrap too quickly. Interlace and get the webbing of the hands nice and close, the palms nice and close like you really feel almost like there's a suction in between the hands. Firmly hold the hands together as you roll back into budra mudra. Now you will feel a difference here because it's affecting different parts of the arms, right? Knuckles dig into the sternum, create a little bit of a lift. And for this side, let's just close our eyes. Relax the back shoulders. You're still using enough muscle to sit upright, but don't overdo it.

Just nice and easy, shoulders relaxing so there's a sensation of release at the back body. But don't lose contact with the hands. Don't lose that very consistent toned grip that you have with the hands. And don't lose that feeling of pressing the knuckles into the sternum and lifting to help stimulate the thymus. A few more breaths. Feeling that element of protection. One of the other amazing qualities of budra mudra is to create greater communication between the right and the left hemispheres of the brain. This is a mudra that I taught my son to do before he would take any tests when he was in grade school.

It really helped. It helped to firm up and give him clarity and sharpens the mind because it allows those two sides to be in greater communication with one another. Slowly unwind again. Extend the arms all the way out. Open the hands and spread the fingers. Unwind the hands and just bring them to rest on your lap. This mudra can be done often in the day. How long you hold the mudra is really up to you. If your arms already feel fatigued right now, I wouldn't hold it more than five minutes to begin with. So you want to teach the system and train the body to understand the mudra. So be delicate but diligent. Find a balance between those two. Thank you so much for joining me. Namaste. Peace out.


Sky N
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Can you give some references for this mudra...I can't seem to find the name anywhere? I like how it feels but just wanted to know where I can find more info.
Katherine H
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I like this for me as a massage therapist. My hairstylist and piano teacher will enjoy this one in yoga class today! I'm teaching a new mudra every week and just found your mudra medicine wealth of knowledge! Yay!!!! Thank you so much for putting these videos together!
I too would love more history of it.

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