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The term mudra (“seal,” “mark,” “gesture” or “symbol”) refers to symbolic positions and practices.
- Mudras can refer to body positions, breathing techniques, hand positions and more.
- They are used to influence energies of the body and mind.
- In non-traditional usage, the term mudra is often used to refer to hand mudras, in particular.
- See also: Hand Mudras Introduction.
Position That Locks & Guides Energy Flow
A [mudra is a] gesture or position, usually of the hands, that locks and guides energy flow… By curling, crossing, stretching and touching the fingers and hands, we can talk to the body and mind. – KundaliniYoga.org
Positions That Influence Energies or Mood
Mudras are positions of the body that have some kind of influence on the energies of the body, or your mood. Mostly the hands and fingers are held in some position, but the whole body may be part of the mudra as well. The most well-known mudras are probably the ones performed while meditating. One sits in lotus position (or with crossed legs) and either puts one’s hands on the knees, the tips of the thumb and index finger joining, or in the lap, the fingers of the right hand resting on the left palm. But also the Christian crossing of the fingers for prayer is a mudra, as is “Namaste” the Indian greeting gesture (that is also used while praying), where the hands are held in front of the chest, the palms touching. – EclecticEnergies.com