To maintain an optimum level of heat in our body, the easiest way could be the manipulation of a respective element. The respective element of heat is fire among 5 elements of the body.
Yoga mudra is the best way to influence the level of different elements of body & linga mudra is one such mudra that emphasizes on a thumb to increase body temperature.
Linga Mudra: The Gesture of Fire
Linga mudra is a hand gesture made up of interlocked fingers in such a way that it emphasizes on increasing the fire element of thumb. Thus, it increases the heat in the body.
The fire element is responsible for the production of heat in the body. Linga mudra boosts the amount of fire element in the body, which is present in our thumb.
The shape of the hands and erected thumb in this mudra looks similar to phallus (male genital organ), therefore this mudra is called Linga mudra. This mudra is also a symbol of masculinity.
Performing this mudra helps to increase temperature and energy in the body. Hence, this mudra can be used to keep your body warm and energetic even in a cold atmosphere.
Literal Meaning of Linga Mudra
In Sanskrit, ‘Linga’ means ‘form‘ or ‘symbol‘ and also represents ‘Phallus‘.
In Hinduism, Linga is often used to represent the symbol of Lord Shiva (Shiva Linga), The Three-Eyed God. Fire is said to be on the third eye of Shiva, so Lord Shiva symbolizes Fire.
Mudra means ‘seal‘ or ‘gesture‘.
Thus, Linga mudra is also called ‘Gesture of Fire‘.
How to Do Linga Mudra
Linga mudra is one of the easiest practises to do. It includes movement of all fingers. To practice it, you need to perform the following steps.
- Sit in a yoga asana like Padmasana or Sukhasana. Make yourself comfortable with the asana.
- Close your eyes and focus on breathing. Take a couple of deep breaths. This ‘in and out’ movement of prana will help you feel the Chitta.
- Now, put your hands on your lap.
- Now, clasp both of your hands. Interlock fingers of your hands in such a manner that your right hand’s pinky finger comes on the lower free end and left hand’s thumb to come on the upper free end.
- Keep the knuckles outward-facing.
- Erect the thumb of the right hand and encircle it with thumb and index finger of the left hand.
- Remove all thoughts from your mind and keep it concentrated. You can also chant OM for better concentration.
- Keep breathing with the same speed and try to relax.
- Keep yourself light. If you are having ornaments such as a bracelet or watch in your hand, remove them.
- Wear light and comfortable clothes for better concentration.
- Perform Linga mudra in a calm and silent place.
- Don’t press fingers forcefully.
- In cases of fever, bile problems, high blood pressure, and short temper do not perform this mudra.
- Perform this mudra moderately on summers.
- As this mudra produces heat, this can cause a lack of water in your body. Therefore, drink an appropriate amount of water after performing this mudra.
- If you are having Pitta Prakriti person, do not perform this mudra.
Best Time and Duration to Perform Linga Mudra
As, Linga mudra results best with an empty stomach, so morning time is the best time to perform this mudra. Along with this, in the morning time, the disturbance and noise are much less than other times of the day.
Still, you can also perform this mudra in the evening time or whenever you feel cold.
You should perform Linga mudra maximum of 30 minutes a day. You can also stretch it in two courses of 15-15 minutes or 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening.
Discontinue Linga mudra after getting the required results.
Benefits of Linga Mudra
Linga mudra is a therapeutic mudra, comes with many physical and spiritual benefits.
- Weight loss
Linga mudra heats our body. Increased heat speeds up the metabolism of the body. This helps to burn the calories and extra fat in the body. This results in losing fat and weight.
Thus, this mudra helps us to lose weight.
- Helps in Breathing Difficulty
The heat produced in our body clears all the blockages in the way of our respiratory system. If we are having breathing difficulty or breathing disorders like Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, so performing this mudra can help you get out of it.
Along with this, Linga mudra also helps to prevent discomfort in an air-conditioned room.
- Improves Digestion
To digest food, our body requires a good amount of heat. This mudra increases the heat level of our body. This helps to digest the food in a better way.
- Prevent Hypothermia
Hypothermia is a condition when the body loses heat faster than it can produce 1. In such conditions, Linga mudra increases the rate of generation of heat. This prevents our body from Hypothermia.
- Cures Bronchitis
Bronchitis is an infection on the tubes carrying air back and forth to the lungs 2. It is often caused by thickened mucus.
Linga mudra helps to generate a sufficient amount of heat which prevents overproduction of mucus & phlegm. Thus, This mudra cures Bronchitis
- Prevents Running Nose
We often face a running nose when we get cold. It is caused by lack of heat inside our body. Linga mudra mainly makes us warm and prevents running nose.
- Makes Us Fit and Energetic
A proper amount of heat in our body results in a good flow to prana in our body. This flow of prana leads to a better distribution of energies throughout the body. This helps our brain and other parts to function better. This results in a fit and energetic body.
Thus Linga mudra helps to make us fit and energetic.
- Improves Men’s Sexual Health
According to research 3, the testosterone level of men has a slight decrease in cold weather.
Sometimes due to a lack of heat in the body, the level of testosterone decreases below the normal.
Performing Linga mudra brings the testosterone level to normal by producing an adequate amount of heat and improves men’s sexual health.
- Helps in Brahmacharya
Brahmacharya is an Indian religious concept, which means to follow the path of a Brahmana. Linga mudra makes a person calm and attractive, which makes him happy and satisfied from inside. This result in keeping away from distractions.
Thus, Linga mudra helps to protect Brahmacharya of a person.
- By the practice of Linga mudra, women can get relief from problems such as delays or disorders in mensuration cycles.
Side Effects of Linga Mudra
Each mudra is beneficial until we do it in a proper amount. Similarly, when we perform Linga mudra excessively, we can face some side effects of this mudra.
When you perform this mudra excessively, there is a massive increase in the fire element in our body. This overflow of fire element in your body is probably not a good sign for your health.
- This can cause high blood pressure, making you short-tempered.
- Excessive heat in the body causes fever. So you might face fever after doing this mudra heavily You might face bile problems as well as bleeding from nostrils.
- As the fire element is already dominant in Pitta Dosha so if you have Pitta Dosha, it can increase your Pitta Prakriti.
- In summers, an excess of this mudra can cause you heavy sweating, nausea and unconsciousness.
- Over practising this mudra can cause dehydration in your body.
- Hypothermia https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothermia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352682
- Bronchitis https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bronchitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355566
- the effect of seasonal variation on sexual behaviours https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5057046/