How well do you know the power you wield in the hand and arm? Gestures you use to make a conversational point or with the flick of a finger express your anger each convey a strong message. In Hatha Yoga it is believed that hasta mudras (hand postures), along with eye, and body positions can subtly increase, decrease, or focus the energy to places in the body requiring healing attention. In other words touching your finger tips in particular hand gestures acts like a thermostat to help regulate your vital energy, known as prana.
A human’s aural energy is said to extend out from the physical body an average of four feet. One way to measure this is to extend your arms out to the sides stretching from right finger tips to left finger tips. Now turn your body in a complete circle and from head to toe should be the width of your energy body. Each of your fingers represent one of the five elements of nature; the thumb is fire (agni), the forefinger is air (vayu), the middle finger is ether (akash), the ring finger is earth (prithvi) and the little finger is water (jal).
With the belief that the roots of all disease lies in an imbalance of one of the five elements, hand mudras can be a powerful tool in healing the body-mind. Today there are a number of energy modalities where the therapist acts as a conduit to help open a patients blocked energy channels. This is done with the touch of the hands and in some cases, such as Reiki, no touch needs to happen.