Gesture Your Way To Better Health With Yoga Mudras

Yoga mudras are specific hand gestures that are said to redirect energies withing the body and maintain good energy flow. Mudras are either practiced together with the asanas (poses) or they can be done by themselves during quiet periods, preferably seated in the lotus position. While this certainly isn’t a physical exercise of any kind, yoga teaches that we’re more than just our physical body, and maintaining good energy flows to our pranic and mental bodies is where our physical health ultimately derives. Certainly a concept that Western medicine has yet to grasp, I’m afraid, but a concept that has been embraced and put into practice by millions for a few thousand years. Bhakti Satalkar prepared a detailed description and explanation of all ten mudras at Buzzle.Com.

Gesture Your Way To Better Health With Yoga Mudras

When one is practicing mudras, for a substantial amount of time, the benefits that the mudras offer are visible. The mudras help in generating, redirecting and recharging the energies of the force, which governs the body. It is with the mudras, that one is able to establish a link between the physical, pranic and mental body. They help in awakening the different pranas, chakras and kundalini located in the body.

Yoga Mudras

Yoga mudras bring balance to the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of self. Photo by Thinkstock c/o Photos.Com.

Mudras in Yoga and their Benefits

Although mudras are a part of yoga, they can be practiced independently without the asanas. The beauty of this science is that they can be done when one is sitting, standing or sleeping in bed; however, they are performed either in vajrasana, padmasana or sukhasana. There is no specific time that needs to be followed for most of the mudras; however, the results are best, when they are practiced on an empty stomach, early in the morning.

The original article here on has an explanation for each hand position and photos to show you how to do them correctly:

It’s said that regularly and properly practicing the ten yoga mudras will gradually improve health and rebalance non-physical energies within the body, leading to better physical health. The physical body is believed to be a reflection of the state of our non-physical energy body, and practicing the mudras is a simple and effective means of maintaining the health of your inner energy body.

Now that’s something to wrap your brain around, don’t you think? Do you agree or do you think it’s all just hooey? Why not leave a comment below and give me your opinion.

For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve.

                                                                                    –T. Guillemets

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