I think mudras are magic because they are able to produce, enhance, balance and/or “seal-in” a particular type of energy in the body. Mudra is a Sanskrit word which can be translated as “sign”, “gesture” or “seal”. Mudras are signs or gestures that can be made with various parts of the body, but the most common are the hand mudras.
In Yoga we often come into a hand mudra during meditation. Some asanas (Yoga poses) lend themselves to the addition of a hand mudra, particularly if we are trying to incorporate energy work into our practice. Simply put, mudras can be seen as another awesome thing that we can add to our Yoga toolbox. One of my favorite mudras is Anjali mudra (pictured below), which I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with. We’ll discuss this beautiful mudra in another post soon.
Do you have favorite mudras that you like to incorporate into your practice?