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Book Review: Mudras – Yoga in your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi

January, 2018

MUDRAS – YOGA IN YOUR HANDS

BY GERTRUD HIRSCHI

Personally, I love mudras; they are such a simple way to heal, both physically and emotionally. The mudra book that I currently own is in pieces, and so this one coming to me is doubly welcome.

Part I explores the “concept” of mudra, which, simply put, is yoga for your hands. Ms. Herschi introduces the mudra, its’ possible origins and how and when to practice them. This includes how the hands themselves correspond to the chakras (energy centers in the body), Ayurveda (the Indian art of healing through food, acupressure, reflexology using the hands instead of the feet and meridians (energy paths).

Part II, which is the bulk of the book, introduces the mudras themselves. The author describes how to hold the hands for each mudra, the issue for which the mudra is being used, how to use the mudra in combination with pranayama (breathwork), asana (posture), plus movement. Each mudra also lists an herbal remedy that can be used for the specific issue being worked on, as well as an affirmation. There are 52 different mudras presented within the book.

There is a short section toward the back of the book which describes different mudras that can be specifically used in easy pose (cross-legged seating) and some that can be used with specific movements.

(Note: My own training would posit that there are many more of these seated and moving mudras than are listed in the book.)

The book closes with several appendices, as follows: Nutrition, Herbs, Chinese Five Element Theory (wood, fire, earth, mental, water), and very basic Chakra information.

If you are looking for an easy way to begin healing or to add meditation to your daily life, this book would be a great way to go about doing so. I can easily see myself reaching for this book when looking for something specific.

Recommended.

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About the Author

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess, as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Womens Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is MysticalShores@gmail.com

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A Moment for Meditation

February, 2015

Mudra

 

I love mudra.  It is a simple, yet fulfilling, peaceful part of meditation.  Mudra is simply yoga for your hands.  It is a Sanskrit word, meaning seal.

 

The ancient yogis found that each part of the hand and how it moves correspond to certain other parts of the body or the mind.  It can also relate to your emotions, feelings and your behaviors.

 

There have always been hand languages and hand gestures in many of the cultures around the world.  Look at paintings of Buddha, Jesus, many saints and religious icons; notice the hand gestures, palm open facing forward or fingers touching.  These are mudras.  Hand gestures were also used in ritual in  Ancient Egypt, Greece and Indian; and, most likely in some traditions in modern day Wicca and Witchcraft.  Even in todays world, there is the ubiquitous handshake, hands in prayer and for some of us, the constant movement of our hands as we speak, to name a few.

 

There are many, many different mudras within the yoga and meditation world.  The most used is gyan mudra but there are several others, which are listed below:

 

 Gyan Mudra – The index finger and thumb touching; all other finger straight.  This is for knowledge

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Shuni Mudra – The middle finger and thumb touching.  This is for wisdom,

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Surya Mudra – The ring finger and thumb touching.  This is for vitality and energy.

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Buddhi Mudra – The pinkie finger and thumb touching.  This is for communication.

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One of the other most commonly used is prayer pose, which is both palms touching, with hands held in front of the heart center.  Prayer pose is for centering and calming.  It is seen as the universal symbol of prayer.

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Using these mudras during meditation effectively sealsthe effect of the mudra in your consciousness, hence the name.

 

While mudra should be practiced for a minimum of 3 minutes, they can be practiced anywhere.  The energy from that connection will always be felt.  Mudras can be used with mantra (see January, 2015 column) or without.

When speaking of your hands, the right hand is seen as the receiver, and is associated with the sun, and the left hand is seen as the giverand is associated with the moon.

 

The following are just three of the meditations with mudras that can help in this crazy hectic world in which we find ourselves.  I hope that you will give them a try.

 

As we have discussed before, you will want to be in easy pose, or in a chair with a straight back.  Your breathing will be long and deep.

 

Prayer Pose – Very simply sitting with your hands in prayer pose, with the breath, feeling yourself as infinity.

 

Cup of Compassion – Hands form a cup, with pinkies and outside of palms touching, facing upward.  With the breath, visualize yourself receiving and accepting energy, guidance and blessings from the universe.

 

Preventing Stress – Hands are palm up; rest the back of the left hand in the palm of the right hand.  Hands will meet in front of you an inch above the navel.  Breathe long and deep.

 

These are but a few of the myriad mudras available to you. This video from YouTube may also be helpful:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN9n3ABjnIU&index=7&list=PL_dIya2JbVnTkujuSpjPc-hZV6LbKSnTX

 

 

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at ShaktiWarriorSpirit@gmail.com

 

Namaste, Sat Nam & Blessings

 

 Resources:  Kundalini Yoga Sadhana Guidelnes – 2nd Edition

                    Healing Mudras – Yoga for Your Hands by Sabrina Mesko