Mudras are positions of the body that seal in energy. While they can be done in different poses the most common are done with the fingers and hands while meditating.
You often see the index (Jupiter) finger and the thumb touching in a lot of meditative postures, as the photo above shows. This is because your Jupiter finger touching your thumb initiates knowledge which is usually desired during meditation.
As energetic beings we always have energy flowing in and from us. Your fingers are a source of this energy. Your fingers correspond to certain planets and constellations:
Index Finger – Jupiter – Guidance and Knowledge
Middle Finger – Saturn – Purpose, Patience and Mood
Ring Finger – Apollo or Sun – Passion, Health and Creativity
Pinky Finger – Mercury – Communication
Thumb – Connects back to you and represents your ego (We want to channel these other traits back to our ego)
This becomes important when certain planets are in alignment and you can benefit or work though astrological issues while meditation in a certain finger position. If you’ve ever done a full natal chart often there are squares and triangles that form with the planets alignment when you were born. Some people struggle with issues throughout their life that can be worked on by channeling that planets energy back into yourself during meditation using Mudras. Mudras allow us to bring prana back into ourselves and re-feeding that energy that is leaving our bodies.
If your example you are feeling a lack of communication with your loved one or your boss you can connect your pinky finger and your thumb while holding the other 3 fingers together and meditate on the feeling of communciation to bring that energy back into your awareness.
While there are hundreds of Mudra positions I find the 5 finger ones easy to do at any time during the day. Touching the fingertips to the thumb brings that energy back. Touching the palms together brings together yin & yang, masculine and feminine, the two sides of your being together. This is why it is used a lot in yoga as a way of being aware of both of those qualities in you and to balance you out.
You don’t need to do a full yoga class or a 20 minute meditation to quickly align yourself. Try a few Mudras a day and see how you feel after each one.