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Mudra is a Sanskrit word that has its roots in the word Mud, which literally means “to bring together” or “to commune.” Mudra Yoga, therefore, refers to the act of joining your Lower Self and your Higher Self. To put it simply, the word mudra can also mean the words “gesture” or “seal.” Mudra Yoga And Gestures Most people think of these gestures primarily as precise hand movements and positions, but they can actually take form by employing several positions as well as different parts of your body. What Exactly Is A Mudra? Specifically, a mudra can also signify a movement or gesture of your fingers, hands, throat, and neck. Such gestures can also originate from the anus, the oral, or from your the whole body. That is because these gestures are both energetically and physiologically relevant at the same time. Taking this into consideration, Mudra Yoga therefore cannot be traditionally considered as a branch of yoga in itself, but rather as a set of practices that can be seen as an important component of the Hatha Yoga tradition. What Is Mudra Yoga For? From an energetic point of view, Mudra Yoga helps accentuate or create specific currents of energy through your body during the practice of the asanas and pranayama. It is safe to say that mudras are executed for purposes of closing the apertures of the body as well as for completing subtle circuits of energy flow, with the end goal of containing and directing the energy flow as you desire. As a specific practice of yoga becomes more and more advanced, it becomes increasingly important to perform Mudra Yoga so you can control and guide the pranic energy that is absorbed by your body when you perform the physical techniques. From the physiological perspective, mudras can then affect your blood flow and nerve impulses. It can also stimulate activity of the glands and are often used for intensifying the effects of the different pranayamas. Healing Hand Mudra Yoga Mudra Yoga is relatively easy to perform at anytime, but doing it in the lotus position and focusing on its healing properties can be a huge advantage. And the good thing is that mudras can not only be used to heal certain ailments, but also to enhance your overall health and as a preventive measure for a host of physical ailments. With continuous practice of the mudras, minute changes in your body are expected to occur, triggered at the pulse centres on your hands, which can stimulate healing processes in corresponding body parts. Take note that Mudra Yoga should be practiced with both hands at the same time, unless the instruction specifically says otherwise. It’s best to start with ten-minute sessions at a time and then work your way up to 45 minutes to get the best results. You should make sure that your fingers are relaxed as you go through each movement. Remember as well that mudras work on both your body and your mind, thus rebalancing your entire being to its natural healthy state. And while Mudra Yoga can deliver instant results for simple physical ailments, you should be prepared to perform it on a regular basis for the healing of stubborn illnesses, which may require more work.
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