The Back Mudra primarily benefits those who have a weak back and suffer from acute back pains.
How To Apply
Left Hand: Gently press your thumb joint against the nail of your index finger. Extend the remaining fingers.
Right Hand: Press the tip of your thumb gently against the tips of your middle and little fingers. Extend the ring and index fingers.
• This mudra is enhanced when used with the Jalandhara Bandha (passive version.)
• Another method is to lay on your back, tuck your chin in a little and place your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent. Relax and apply the Back Mudra.
For acute complaints, use until you experience results, otherwise apply this mudra for 4 minutes, four times a day.
• Back pain resulting from bad posture while sitting or house cleaning is relieved.
• Acute back pain can also be relieved.
• Cramps are cured.
• Once the back is cured, physical and spiritual blockages are removed from the spine allowing Prana to circulate much more freely around the body.
• The left hand is applying the actively “giving” version of the Jnana Mudra (the thumb pad against the fingernail), therefore one receives the benefits of the “Gesture of Wisdom.”
The Challenge of The Right Hand
Usually when describing mudras I advise facing the palms upwards in order to receive energy. However, if someone has weak or stiff wrists, they may feel discomfort in the right hand when applying the Back Mudra while laying down with upward-facing palms. Wrist exercises such as the one on this MQ blog can prevent discomfort. If for some reason you can’t do the wrist exercises, you can turn the palm of your right hand towards your body when laying down, but still keep the left hand facing upwards. When you’re sitting erect, this mudra is easier to apply with upright palms because the elbows naturally bend.
The finger positioning of the right hand is one of the most challenging of all mudras, and takes some getting used to, but I’m sure some people have no problem applying this mudra.
Let me know how this mudra feels for you.