How important are Mudras in Yoga?
The Mudras are a symbolic gestures carried out with the mind, hands, feet, mouth, eyes or body. They are widely used in Yoga and Indian dances, revering various aspects of Hindu deities and nature.
The mudras contain a symbolism that aims to unify dualities, such as: uniting individual consciousness to cosmic consciousness; the solar prana to the lunar prana; matter to the spirit, etc. In the context of Hatha Yoga , mudras are elements that support your practice.
1) Anjali Mudra (prayer):
Gathering the tips of the thumb and the little finger on both hands, press gently. The other fingers remain relaxed. It helps communication, regain balance of emotions, improve the functioning of the kidneys and bladder and increases the sense of taste.
The two gyan mudras below (Passive and Active) are the best known in yoga and act on the psychic and bodily level, symbolizing the harmony of consciousness.
3) Gyan Mudra – passive (awareness and knowledge):
Gathering the tips of the thumb and index finger in both hands, press gently. This Mudra acts on the psychic and spiritual level, helping to calm the responsiveness by improving the states of tension.
The gauge tips touch the first thumb joint putting pressure on the fingernail nail.
Balance our inner energy for our physical and spiritual environment. It develops spiritual potential. Connecting us to the spiritual world, allowing us to obtain the help of other beings in the universe. It assists in hearing the voice of divinity and discovering our mission in life, revealing our past lives.
Hands on the chest, the palm of the left hand out and the palm of the right hand facing the body. Breathe in and pull your hands in the opposite direction for a few seconds, several times. Then change the position of the hand. Strengthens your chest area, stimulates heart activity and strengthens confidence.