Elements Relationship: Hand Mudras Introduction

In Vedic culture and in Ayurveda that derives from it, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air/wind and ether/space are foundational. From this perspective, the fingers each represent an element:

  • Thumb – Fire Element
  • Index Finger – Air / Wind Element
  • Middle Finger – Ether / Space Element
  • Ring Finger – Earth Element
  • Small Finger – Water Element   

When a finger representing an element is brought into contact with the thumb, that element is said to be brought into balance.

Yoga Tattva Mudra Vijnana

Indian rishis (seers) discovered a direct connection between the Pancha Maha Bhuta [“Five Great Elements”] and the five fingers of the human hand… Through centuries of research and experimentation with techniques used to influence the bhutas—as well as influential exchanges with other Asian traditions—they developed an elaborate system called Yoga Tattva Mudra Vijnana. This unique branch of Vedic wisdom clearly describes the relationship between the five fingers and Five Elements. – Cain and Revital Carroll