Mudras: Yoga Hand Gestures

Mudras are the hand gestures that one uses during meditation practice. They each carry a specific goal of channeling your body’s energy flow. There are more than 100 known mudras that have been developed over time, but this article will focus on the 6 most commonly used.


The ancient Sages saw the presence of each element in the human body. Our hands are thought to hold energetic points for these elements which is why Mudras allow us to manipulate these elements. Each Mudra allows for connection of elements as well as freeing actions to take place.


The five elements are represented by each finger (and thumb). The thumb represents Space, index finger represents Air, middle finger represents Fire, ring finger represents Water, and the pinky finger represents Earth.