Mudras: Introduction

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the purpose and use of mudras.


Become familiar with the five classes of mudras (hastamanakayabandha and adhara), their purpose and the central role they fulfill in Hatha Yoga.


Define “mudra” and the types of practices it includes. Explain the purpose of mudras and how they relate to Hatha Yoga. In addition to hand mudras, describe other classes of mudras within Hatha Yoga and some reasons to include mudras in practice and teaching.