Mudras: Part 1. Enhance the positive effects of your yoga practice
Some time back I made a post about Mudras and now I would like to write more about them and their benefits.
What is a Mudra?
Just to remind you: “Mud” in Sanskrit is “Joy, Gesture”. “Ra” is “That, What is, What projects”. Mudras are “seals”, symbolic hand gestures that you can use in meditation or asanas. Mudras have been used for thousands of years in many different traditions as a way of deepening one’s practice and awakening the power of the Divine. Today mudras free up energy (prana) and direct it to areas of the body that need healing.
How do the Mudras work?
Every mudra has a particular purpose and moves the energy in a specific way throughout the body to create subtle physical, mental, and emotional changes. Every part of the hand is linked to a specific part of the brain. The various mudras create energetic connections in the nervous system, thus stimulating reflex zones and meridians and having a direct positive impact on the body and mind. In yoga, mudras are used in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) and are generally done while seated in a meditative pose.
How to do a Mudra?
The most well-known mudras are simple to do and are performed while meditating in the lotus position or seated in a straight-backed chair. To use a mudra effectively, keep it for at least a couple of minutes, however, it is more effective to do them for 15 minutes or more. You might spread that time over the day if that is more convenient for you.
Look for the next post to get more details!
Be healthy and happy!