A few years ago, I was introduced to the magic (and science) of mudras. These hand gestures (more commonly, but sometimes body postures as well), triggers specific effects on the brain and body. The term “mudra” translates to “seal”. In a way, it is an impression we form within ourselves, through the use of our hands. As indicated by reflexology, yogic science also believes that our entire bodies are reflected in different parts of our hands.
Since then, I’ve gotten to know several mudras, but among my favorites, are those practised with this Yogi Breath meditation and pranayama (breath exercise). The latter strives to deepen and lengthen the breath, and by extension, to calm the nervous system (shifting it from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic).
I could write a lot about this breath, of the effects produced by the mudras, but it’s best to just experience it!
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