Mudra

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Swami Nishchalananda practising bhochari mudra (the invocation of spaciousness)

Mudras are symbolic body positions/ hand gestures, usually the hands and fingers. Although seemingly insignificant on a physical level, they have tangible effects on our breathing, state of the body, mind and emotions, and the flow of energy.

The word 'mudra' means 'to please'. Therefore, mudras are the means of awakening in oneself deep feelings of joy and delight.

Mudras can add enormously to the quality of our  yoga practice. They are a means to arouse deep intuitive experience of the mysteries they symbolise. They awaken the deeper spheres of our Being.

We strongly advise you to learn mudras from a competent yoga teacher.