Mudra means ‘seal’, ‘gesture’ or ‘mark’. They are special movements that are incorporated into our yoga practice. They are often practiced with the hands and fingers but also can be done with the feet. They facilitate the flow of energy through one’s body and enhance the effectivity of one’s practice.
For many years, the concept of using mudras during my yoga practice was a little confusing and blurry. To be honest, I used them constantly without really knowing or understanding their energetic and connective power. It is only when I started the practice of pranayama taught by Swami Gitananda, that I started understanding and feeling the subtle connections created by those simple gestures, from one side of my body to the other or in a specific area of my anatomy. I must say that an effective and transformative use of mudras is not something that you can grasp the first time and you might not feel very much for a while. This is normal and to be expected. With perseverance, soft practice, patience and open mindedness you might be able draw yourself inward through the practice of the mudras.
There are hundreds of mudras that have been developed over the centuries, but here I will focus on my eight favourites that I regularly use during postures, pranayama or meditation.
Through my own practice and through my teachings, I have personally experienced their efficiency in providing health, empowerment and serenity. They are great for our wellbeing, so don’t be afraid to try them out!
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