Chances are, if you’ve seen someone meditate, or even seen someone pretend to meditate, you’ve noticed that they put their hands in a certain position while they do it. Whether you realized it or not, ancient Indian practices suggest that something as simple as how you position your fingers can have a BIG impact on not only your body but your mind as well.
They consist of eight different positions, and each one has a bigger impact on your mind AND body than you’d ever realize.
Even if you’re skeptical about what your fingers could do to put your body and soul at ease, you should still give them a shot. They require no training, but billions (yup, billions) of people have used them to enrich their life in simple and complex ways.
Below, you’ll see what each one can do for all sorts of issues you might face in daily life.
Don’t let the foreign names turn you off or intimidate you. You don’t need to spell or even remember them.
This one involves simply touching both index fingers to your thumbs. It’s the most classic and iconic pose, used to enhance the notion of the “air element” in the body.
By making this shape while sitting still (even in a chair), you can raise your levels of enthusiasm, fight off exhaustion, and, in the longer term, allow your soul to take in more wisdom!
For this position, touch your index finger to the base of your thumb, rather than the tip. This position, unlike the previous one, generates relaxation and soothing energy in your body. If you’re feeling aggressive, upset, or restless, spend a few minutes stationary with both hands in this pose. It can also help you focus!
As you’ll see, these are all very slight variations on one another, but each pose serves a very different purpose.
But touching the middle finger to the thumb, you can rid yourself of consuming emotions like anger, short-term sadness, and fear.
This pose increases the “space” element in the body, which is different than the air element we mentioned earlier. Because it’s used to help detoxify, it can even help with congestion or heartburn.
Just as you put your middle finger to the tip of your thumb in the earlier pose, place it at the base of your thumb.
Holding this pose can help with pain, motion sickness, or even hearing loss in the short term!
Same pose, different finger. This time, put your ring finger against the tip of your thumb and hold it there.
If you’re looking for a beauty remedy that comes from within, this is it. It promotes tissue growth, so nails, hair, and skin can all be improved be regular use of this pose for extended periods of time.
It can also relieve muscle soreness.
You guessed it! Place your ring fingers against the base of your thumb, rather than the tip, and you’re good to go on this one.
This one’s less versatile, but more effective in a specific way. Applying gentle pressure here can actually help you fend off shivers and cold feelings.
Pretty cool, huh? It won’t replace a jacket or a warmer space, but it’s a short-term fix!
Pinky + thumb.
This allows the water element to permeate your body. In doing so, it can fend off pain from arthritis, or even hormone deficiencies! You can tackle PMS symptoms like cramps or dehydration with this one, as well as dry eyes, skin, or hair!
I hope you’re sensing a pattern with this positions by now!
Pinky to the base of your thumb rounds out the array of positions. Holding this pose can help with acidity in your stomach and even allergies.
Give them a shot! There’s no risk involved, and you may find, even if your body doesn’t respond in the ways we’ve mentioned here, that you will find serenity and mindfulness in just taking a few minutes to perform a simple, steady task.
We could all use a break, and the benefits of these poses are very real, so try them with an open mind!