Prithvi (Earth) Mudra // Mudra Series
Welcome back to the Zenned Out blog for the second post in our series on yoga mudras. Last week we provided a brief overview of mudras and their benefits. Today and in the following weeks, I want to dive a bit deeper into each individual mudra. Yoga mudras are a set of hand gestures corresponding to the five elements (fire, air, water, earth, and heaven/ether) that help to focus and balance the human body. The Prithvi Mudra is so-called because it helps to equalize the element of Prithvi, or earth, within the body. It is also said to activate the root chakra.
The Prithvi Mudra is created by touching the ring finger to the thumb, with the rest of the fingers extended. It increases the earth element within the body, while decreasing the fire element. Earth elements consist of a vital component of bodily tissues like bones, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, flesh, muscles, tendons, internal organs, etc.
It is recommended to begin by holding this mudra in 10-minute increments, slowly building up to 45 minutes a day. Practicing the Prithvi mudra builds and invigorates these important bodily structures, thus increasing vitality, strength, and endurance. It can also help with illness recovery, especially chronic fatigue, and can also work wonders for weight loss and stamina.
As we start a new month and perhaps refocus on some of our resolutions for the upcoming year, I think the Prithvi mudra could be highly beneficial. I know I for one could use a little extra energy throughout the day! Have you started to incorporate mudras into your yoga or meditation practices?
Categorised in: Meditation, Mudras, Wellness
Cassie Uhl is the author of five books and two card decks, an artist, intuitive energy healer, and death doula. Her lineage and practices are rooted in pagan earth-based spiritual practices of Northern Europe. She approaches her work and clients with trauma-informed support through all phases of life. She currently resides on the land of the Myaamia people in so-called Indiana of the US.