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Mudras are a fundamental form of yoga practice. The word Mudra means “gesture” as if in spiritual gesture and “seal”, as if in to create an energetic seal of authenticity. So they are a spiritual gesture that seal and direct energy through the body. They are also known as an ‘attitude’ that helps focus the mind as well as control and strengthen your breathing in yoga, pranayama and meditation. As a subtle re-director of energy they can help to alter our mood, attitude and even our perceptions so that we may deepen our awareness and concentration. In yoga we use mudras in union with meditation and pranayama, or breath work, to stimulate the different parts of the body that are involved with breathing, as well as to affect the flow of prana, or life force, in the body. A mudra can be created by a gesture including the hands, fingers and thumbs, as well as the whole body. The most basic, common yoga postures a mudra is likely to be used in would be virasana, padmasana and sukhasana - but they may be used anywhere that flows in your practice. On a physiological level, the nerve terminals within the hands send waves of energy through the nervous system which activates areas of the body and brain that connect with these channels. Utilizing mudras means we can subtly manipulate the energy of the body to redirect energy and gain balance between the mental, physical and energetic bodies. There are many mudras we can choose from, for example in regular tantric rituals 108 different mudras are used. In different Indian dances there can be over 250! For our purposes here we will focus on a select few that are general to meditation. The differences between them are very subtle so find what is comfortable for you and use that.
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