Purpose & Practices: Hand Mudras Introduction
Purpose / Uses
The following are ways in which mudras are used:
- To heal.
- Practiced with pranayama, to direct prana.
- Used with asana,” to energize the asanas at a deeper level.” (Dr. David Frawley)
- To focus the mind in preparation for meditation.
- To “energize expression” and “organize subtle energy patterns.”
- For specific uses such as teaching.
Guidelines / Tips
Some instructions for practicing hand mudras include the following:
- Most sources state that mudras can be practiced at any time and during any activity, including standing or walking, in addition to seated.
- Unless a mudra requires both hands to create, it is recommended to practice with each hand; but it is clearly stated to be acceptable and beneficial to practice using only one hand when necessary.
- “Exert enough pressure to feel the flow of energy through the nadis (psychic channels) up the arms but not enough to whiten fingertips.” (KundalinieYoga.org)