Hands up!!!” said the police officer. John stopped running and without looking back he reluctantly raised his hands. As the movie progressed,my thoughts wandered to spiritual gestures.
Giving thumbs up, clapping your hands together in excitement and shaking another person’s hand are a few of the numerous gestures used to express thoughts and emotions. In India and other eastern countries, Mudras is commonly practiced. Some Mudras involve the entire body while most are performed using the hands and fingers. Mudras are gestures that channel energy to the brain.
Literally, the word mudra means the symbol, the seal or the gesture. In ancient texts, the hand gestures, body postures, eye poses and locks (the bandhas) have been described under the name mudra. For the sake of simplicity, we assume the mudras as the gestures of hand and primarily focus on them. Hands are considered as the mirror of the body and almost each part of the body has a specific area of hand linked to it. The hands are innervated by the terminal nerves that constitute the reflex zones for the nerves within. It is a well-known fact that the right hand is coordinated by the left hemisphere of the brain and vice versa. Thus many mudras help build coordination between the two hemispheres to improve intellect and memory.
The greatest advantage of the mudras is that you can practice it anywhere and at any time. You can allot a specific time to the mudras or you can practice them while walking, sitting in office or while waiting for the train. Mudras can be practiced two or three times a day for 10- 15 minutes daily.
If you are on a strict low fat and low calorie diet and aim to shed some pounds, practice the akash (or the shunya) mudra along with yoga and exercise.
If you are lean and thin, and all your efforts to gain some weight are in vain, practice the prithivi mudra.
Mudras can also help you achieve what you want. The kubera mudra is the mudra for gaining the things you desire and the hakini mudra is to help recall the things youtend to forget.
The Gyan mudra is the most basic mudra helpful for spiritual growth and enlightenment. Use this mudra while meditating.
When practicing a mudra, sit in a comfortable position. The sukhasana(the easy pose), the padamasana (the lotus pose) and the vajrasana are the best poses. Form the mudra and close your eyes. Keep the spine straight and let go of the tension and feel the energy flowing through the body. Meditate or perform breathing exercises while practicing a mudra.