Sunday, 17 May 2015

Using mudras in your yoga practice

Mudras are hand gestures that direct the flow of prana.  Mudras can direct prana to the chakras bringing about physical, mental and emotional balance.

Mudras are often used in meditation.  They can also be used to clear the mind at the start of a practice.  But you can incorporate mudras into your asana practice too.

Here are some ways to use mudras :-

Gyan Mudra in Easy Pose/Warrior 2 - this mudra, often used at the start of a practice, increases focus and concentration, helping you to put your daily life to one side to be fully focused on your yoga practice. In Warrior 2 it is a reminder to remain focused in the fight against evil and ignorance. 

To practice the mudra join the first finger and thumb, rest the back of the hands on the knees, palms facing up.



Easy Pose 




Warrior 2



Steeple Mudra in Crescent Moon/Warrior 1-this mudra stimulates elimination from the colon, skin, and lungs.
To practice the mudra, interlace your fingers, except the first fingers which point straight up. The thumbs cross, right thumb over left.

Crescent Moon



Warrior 1 



Prayer Mudra in Twisted Fierce Pose/Revolved Side Angle-prayer mudra can be incorporated into Sun Salutations and is often used in Tadasana to take a moment to remind yourself of your intention for your your practice. Prayer mudra helps you connect with the divine and enter a meditative state.
To practice the mudra bring the palms together, hands at the heart centre, thumbs touching the sternum.

Twisted Fierce Pose



Revolved Side Angle 


Lotus mudra in Thunderbolt Pose-the lotus flower blooms on the surface of muddy waters, its roots embedded in the mud below so that it is a symbol of beauty emerging out of darkness.  It can be used in Thunderbolt pose to offer up your intention to the universe to be fulfilled. The mudra also reminds you of the beauty within you.

To practice the mudra bring the heels of your hands together, join the thumbs and little fingers and spread the other fingers wide.



Buddha Mudra in Lotus/Half Lotus (note Lotus pose should not be practiced if you have knee issues) - this mudra induces the meditative state.  It is often practiced in Kundalini yoga between kriyas.

To practice the mudra rest the left hand on the right hand and join the thumbs.  




Namaste
Janet x


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