Mudra means "seal" or "mark" and is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture. Most are performed with the hands and fingers, although some involve the entire body. They are used in meditation, martial arts, yoga or pranayama in order to direct energy flow within the body.
Mudras can help us to come back to intentions within our practice. They stimulate different areas of our brains and bodies. They can even produce specific energies and states of mind.
MUDRAS CAN HELP US TO COME BACK TO INTENTIONS WITHIN OUR PRACTICE.
When practicing mudras, our fingers each represent a specific universal element:
- Our thumb represents the fire element.
- Our index finger represents the air element.
- Our middle finger represents the space element.
- Our ring finger represents earth element.
- Our pinky finger represents water element.
Mudras can help us to create a balance of the elements within ourselves.
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Also called the "yoga mudra" or "Samadhi mudra", the Dhyana mudra is used for concentration and healing. Dhyana is Sanskrit for "meditation". This mudra represents total balance and can be used for deep contemplation and clear reflection.
Your right hand represents wisdom and your left hand represents the illusion of existence. The connection of your thumbs together represents the union of male and female characteristics and present principles in yourself.
TRY DHYANA MUDRA
Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed, feel open in your heart space. Place your left hand on your lap with your palm facing up. Place your right hand on top of your left hand with your palm facing up. Draw the tips of your thumbs together.
The Dhyana mudra is used for concentration and healing.
Try the Dhyana mudra during your next meditation practice to draw a major calming energy.
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