Mudras 101: Learn Yoga Hand Gestures

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Contents

  1. LOTUS FLOWER OFFERING
  2. SARASVATI BIJASANA (STANDING) WITH KAPITTHA AND SUCHI MUDRAS
  3. SARASVATI BIJASANA (SEATED) WITH SIMHAMUKHA AND SUKACHANCHU MUDRAS
  4. UTTHITA HASTA PADASANA WITH BHRAMARA MUDRA
  5. ARDHA PARIGHASANA WITH ARDHA PATAKA MUDRA
  6. ANJANEYASANA WITH PUSHPAPUTA MUDRA
  7. FLOWER MUDRAS

We often see statues of ancient yogis, gods, and goddesses sitting in meditation and holding their hands in certain positions. Or we may go into a yoga class in which the teacher encourages us to sit in silence with our hands perched on our knees, index fingers touching thumbs, and wonder: What do these hand gestures have to do with meditation? Turns out, quite a bit.

Hasta Mudras—literally meaning seals, stamps, or gestures—are sacred hand movements that have been used for thousands of years in many different traditions as a way of deepening one’s practice and awakening the power…

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