The Significance of Mudras

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Let’s start this discussion with a question. It’s a question to ask oneself often in the contemporary scenario, before we start to ponder over anything else when it comes to Yoga.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Are you able to answer it truthfully?

If you’re a person interested in the practise of Yoga, let us see who a true Yogi is, an introvert or extrovert.

Well then, here’s the answer.

A true Yogi is neither an introvert nor an extrovert. He or she is an ambivert, a person who is equally at home irrespective of whether he is introspecting within himself or whether he is interacting vibrantly with the external environment. Therefore to make sure that the natural introversion of Yoga is balanced with healthy extroversion, some form of extroverted activity such as sports, music, art or craft skill need to be deliberately cultivated.

Dance is such an exquisite art which offers a dynamic activity to counter and balance the static activity of Yoga which can often lead to an emotional catharsis. This can be a portal to the expulsion of many negative energy or weakening thoughts that often pull the Yogis down, bothering them during their Sadhana.

Renowned Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj has reflected various assertions and observations about Classic Yoga and the Yogic science of Mudra through his book ‘Mudras’. According to his perspectives, the Mudras does have a near-mechanic link with our body’s functioning as the Mudra does control the mind-brain processes and the functions within the nervous system by uniting various nerve terminals of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic function.

When it comes to Yoga, the human body can be divided equally into ten distinct parts, five on each side of a median drawn directly through the centre of the body from the top of the head to the base of the spine and terminating in each of the digits of the toes and the fingers. And these are further subdivided into ten Pranic areas which comprise of five major Pranic flows and five minor Pranic flows. The true use of Pranayama is to control these ten flows of Prana Vayu and the Prana Vahaka or nerve impulses, which move in the Nadis or nerves of the Pancha Kosha, the Five Bodies of Man. Various Mudras such as the Hastha Mudra, Jnana Mudra, Namaskara Mudra, Yoni Mudra, Yoga Mudra etc bring together several nerve endings of the body in the respective closed nerve circuit manner that connects our Pranic flows at many levels.

Some of the sole purposes of Mudra in the functioning of our mind and body are:

  1. The Mudra is made complete by bringing together acupressure points at various sites on the human body. These Bindus are concerned with the unsullied and pure practice of Mudra.

2.The Mudra or gesture can pose similar like a Kriya, by increasing or impeding circulation of the blood or lymph into various vital organs. Mudra can control every organ and function of the body and mind which in turn results in smooth functioning of our physique.

  1. The Mudra extracts energy and substances from the nerves and various vital bodies resulting in the production of various enzymes and hormones needed for vibrant health.
  2. The Mudra channels and circulates energy of a bi-polar nature through the physical nervous system. This bi- polar nature is also inherent in the energy moving through the Pranamaya Kosha, the Vital Body. The Mudra helps to produce an electrical field around the Yogi which is abundant in negative ions, producing a sense of well-being and peace.

So next time you practice Yoga, be careful of your Mudras!

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