Introduction to Mudras
Your body is a subtle and powerful antenna that is continually receiving energy and also transmitting it. Mudras are hand positions that seal psychic energy into specific channels; they are a powerful spiritual tool that can assist you in purifying your physical, mental and psychic bodies. Mudras can enable you to receive and transmit energy more efficiently and aid in the attainment of better health. With regular practice, mudras can help you to sharpen and expand your spiritual wisdom. They enable you to restore balance within the microcosm and bring it into harmony with the macrocosm. Mudras also support your meditation practice and aid you in finding inner peace. They aid you in the purification of your physical, mental and psychic bodies.
Mudras help to liberate energy that might be stuck when the “nadis” (energy channels), are blocked. Mudras help to create inner peace and inner strength. They can assist you in eliminating fatigue and anxiety, protect your physical and emotional health, transcend stress depression guilt and anger, calm your mind, sharpen your intuition and promote happiness.
It seems that mudras have not been subjected to intensive scientific study, so there is little documentation. However, there are verbal testimonies as to their efficacy.
Perhaps the best known mudra is “Namaskar” which signifies “the divinity within me salutes the divinity within you”
Mudras for meditation
When you are sitting for meditation, it is usually best to do a mudra that engages both of your hands at the same time. Bhairava mudra is a very commonly used and easy-to-do pose. To practice it, rest your hands in your lap. Place your right hand on top of the left with both palms facing upward. Make sure that your arms and shoulders are relaxed.
You may find it more comfortable to place a cushion or shawl in your lap and rest your hands on it. This also helps to prevent your shoulders and chest from rounding forward, which can make it difficult for you to breathe properly.
Some meditation groups suggest that it is better if you put your left hand on top, not the right. Others think it best that men put the right hand on top and women the left. You may want to experiment with these variations to see which is best and most peaceful for you.
In Indian mythology, Bhairava is fierce form of Siva. The joined hands represent the union of the ida and pingala nadis (meridians) – or the equalisation of the two hemispheres of the brain. This union or equalisation helps to bring your mind to a peaceful, balanced state and enhances the effectiveness of your meditation practice.