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The Sanskrit word Mudra is translated as ‘gesture’ or ‘attitude’. Mudras can be described as psychic, emotional devotional and aesthetic gestures or attitudes. Yogis have experienced Mudras as attitude of energy flow, intended to link individual pranic force with universal or cosmic force. The kularnava Tantra traces the word Mudra to the root mud meaning delight or pleasure and dravay, the casual form of dru which means ‘to draw forth’. Mudra is also defined as a ‘seal’, short-cut or circuit by-pass. Mudras are a combination of subtle physical movements which altered mood, attitude and perception, and which deepen awareness and concentration.

Asthma Mudra

Both hands: Press together the fingernails of the middle fingers and keep other fingers extended. For long-term treatment, use these two mudras five times every day for 5 minutes. During cold weather, never breathe through your mouth because the bronchial tubes will become inflamed and congested. Try not to be in a hurry because every incidence of stress activates the adrenal glands. Adrenaline promotes the congestion and constriction of the bronchial tubes. Eat a light diet with little meat; meat once a week is enough.

Detoxification Mudra

Place each thumb on the inner edge of the third joint of your ring finger. Do this with each hand. At least once a year, we should all plan a detoxification treatment. The important thing is to pamper yourself, and allow yourself rest during this time, while still getting some exercise (walking, yoga, breathing exercises). It can be used to support general cleansing by placing it on the liver or any other body parts that hurt.

Dhyana Mudra

(Gesture of meditation—of contemplation)
Place both hands like bowls in your lap. The left hand lies in the right hand and the thumbs touch each other. This is the classical meditation pose, and I assume it whenever I meditate without any special intentions. When I simply sit and observe my breath, I am completely passive and let the divine force act within me and for me. I know that the Divine wants only the best for me and helps me at any time and place if I allow it. “Your will be done,” is an expression of most heartfelt joy. The two hands formed into a bowl show that we are inwardly free, pure, and empty in order to receive everything that we need on our spiritual path.

Ganesha Mudra

(The elephant; Ganesha, the deity who overcomes all obstacles)
Hold your left hand in front of your chest with the palm facing outward. Bend the fingers. Now grasp the left hand with the right hand, which has its back facing outward. Move the hands to the level of the heart, right in front of the chest. While exhaling, vigorously pull the hands apart without releasing the grip. This will tense the muscles of the upper arms and chest area. While inhaling, let go of all the tension. Repeat 6 times and then lovingly place both hands on the sternum in this position. Focus on the feeling in this part of your body. Then change the hand position: your right palm now faces outward. Repeat the exercise 6 times in this position. Afterward, remain in silence for a while. Once a day is enough.

Ushas Mudra

{Break of day—origin of all good things)
Clasp your fingers so your right thumb lies above the left. The right thumb presses slightly on the left thumb.
Important: Women should place the right thumb between the left thumb and index finger, pressing on it with the left thumb. Do this every day for 5 to 15 minutes. Hold this mudra until the desired effect occurs. No matter how old we are, there are times of change: new beginnings come repeatedly in life. The second chakra, our center of sexuality and creativity, always contains something new, a secret that wants to be aired. This mudra concentrates the sexual energy of our second chakra and directs it into the energy centers above it. It gives us mental alertness, pleasure, and new impulses. In addition, it harmonizes our hormonal system. The Ushas Mudra helps us wake up in the morning. When you are still sleepy and lying in bed, place your clasped hands at the back of your head. Now inhale vigorously and deeply several times; open your eyes and mouth widely; press your elbows back into the pillow. While exhaling, let go of every tension. Repeat 6 times. If this still doesn’t make you feel alert and fresh, then rub your ankle bones together, as well as the palms of your hands, as if you were trying to ignite a flint stone.