Mudras, or hand positions, work with the natural energy vortices located in the palms of the hands and fingers. When we place the fingers together to create certain shapes, we redirect this energy back into the body. Think of it as creating antennae with your hands. Mudras can bring focus and attention to certain areas of the body through breath awareness, they can also have an immediate effect on the emotions.
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Tips for Practicing Mudras
- Each mudra has an effect on the emotions, breath, body, mind and spirit.
- You can use mudras during meditation, asana, pranayama, restorative poses.
- You can also use mudras while on the phone, on the bus, or during a stressful situation.
- Try each mudra for a few minutes so that you can feel its effects fully.
- Sometimes you will feel a stronger energy change when you release a mudra that has been held for a few minutes.
- Try meditating with the same mudra every day for a week to feel its cumulative effects.