Hasta (Hand) Mudra
From ancient times, there have been references to mudra both in literary and visionary form. Nearly lost, the art and science of mudra has only recently re-emerged. From simple to complex, flowing one into the next or sustained, hasta mudras facilitate healing and meditation. These mystical hand gestures directly influence the flow of prana for health, mental focus, and deeper spiritual awareness. Before language developed, hand gestures were a main form of communication. Later, as spoken language arose, the hands assisted in this process. Just as outer gestures assist in communication with others, hasta mudras are for inner communication. Categories of mudra include those with one hand only; both hands engaged in a symmetrical mudra; or each hand in a different mudra. Benefits evolve from developing supple and strong fingers, to improving health, to the sacred geometry of the hands expressed through hasta mudra allowing one to communicate with the divine.
Mudras are used as a way to practice pratyahara, withdrawal of the mind from the sense objects.
More information comes in through our eyes than any other sense organ. It is said that approximately 60% of the information that is taken in while listening to someone, comes from what we see. Through observation, the eyes take in most of the knowledge from the senses. Therefore, to withdraw the mind from the sense-objects, the eyes need to be focused in such a way that this is achieved. There are eye mudras for when the eyes are closed and for when they are open.
The two eyes represent duality. In the outer world, the pair of opposites exist. The battle of good and bad. Light and darkness. When the inner eye opens, one experiences control over the pair of opposites. Higher knowledge dawns and guides.
To open the inner eye, the eye mudras can greatly assist. Eye mudras channel the energy upward to the inner eye. The energy focuses at a specific point due to mental control and the physical application of the eye mudra.
In meditation, one can experience the spontaneous movement of the eyes into a mudra. The eyes close and naturally lift slightly in and up toward the inner eye as the energy moves upward. In this way, mudras can be taught from outside-in (applying the mudra ) or inside-out (spontaneous mudra).
The yogis have long found that the ultimate body position for the energy to flow and the mind to focus, is to have the body relaxed in the position of a triangle. In the sitting posture, the knees part for the base of the triangle while the head serves as the apex for the triangle. Therefore, the lotus posture and all other sitting postures are the chosen body position for meditation.
Depending on the task, the body will take a specific posture that will serve the purpose best. All sports have a specific posture. People vary their posture according to the need. Of course, there are times when people just take the one master pose they have for sure, the slouch pose. When one sits in the slouch pose for an extended period, they will feel lethargic. When sitting in a posture with the spine lengthened even for a short time, one will feel more energy. One should choose the posture that best fits the need of what they are doing.
By maintaining relaxation in action, the body becomes a mudra. The TriYoga Flows move the whole body into a graceful mudra. The body feels focused, energized to fulfill one’s destiny.