Surya Mudra in Seated Meditation Pose for Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Surya Mudra - Gesture of the Sun

Sūrya Mudra (Soo-rya) - Gesture of the Sun

Surya Mudra, with its association with the sun and the fire element, can be a potent tool in practices aimed at enhancing metabolism, vitality, and overall energy levels.

Surya Mudra Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Instructions

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine.
  2. Touch your ring finger to your palm and press it down with your thumb.
  3. Keep the other three fingers straight and relaxed.
  4. Place the hands on the knees or thighs with palms facing upwards.

Benefits

  • Aids in improving metabolism and digestion.
  • Helps in regulating body temperature and energy levels.
  • Can contribute to weight management and reduction of excess fat.
  • Enhances vitality and reduces lethargy.
  • Supports the balancing of the fire element within the body.

When to Practice

  • During meditation to enhance energy and focus.
  • Before meals to stimulate digestion.
  • In the morning to boost metabolism and energy for the day.
  • Regularly for those focusing on weight management and vitality.

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Best Time of Day: Morning

Contraindications

Avoid if you experience GERD (acid reflux) or functional dyspepsia.

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Surya Mudra in Seated Meditation Pose for Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Personal Insights

One of my personal favorites. Surya mudra is a powerful mudra of fire and heat. With it, we can generate energy within us and act on it.

Surya means 'sun' and it acts just as the sun does, as a generator of power through fire. When we want to transmute some quality within us, a bad habit, or a negative thought pattern, Surya burns that transforming it into something new.

But what will it be? That's up to you to understand. Through Surya mudra, I've come to understand why I act the way I do and what actions and reactions are in control. Through that understanding, I have the power to shift into a better version of myself.

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