The Science of Mudras
Mudras, typically hand gestures used throughout various yoga practices, are effective in ways that go beyond spiritual. Over the past few years, there has been scientific evidence that these energy-channeling movements actually help to increase physical functions of the body.
Dr. Matthew Taylor, founder of the Smart Safe Yoga website, reported that in 2014, two books were released that discussed the benefits of mudras. These books are Mudras for Healing and Transformation, by Lilian and Joseph LePage, and Mudras: The Sacred Secret, by Indu Arora. What they found related to science and mudras is fascinating.
Primarily, the use of mudras distracts the mind from feelings of pain and isolation. Many people with headaches and back pains have seen the use of mudras ease their discomforts. The movements have also helped improve sensory and motor skills; however, possibly the most fascinating aspect of mudras has been the direct evidence of the interconnection between different parts of our bodies.
Mudras are being used in surprising ways, as well – beyond relaxation and healing purposes. According to the Hyderabad, India-based newspaper Deccan Chronicle, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party used mudras this month with the hopes of coming to power in 2019. The leaders practiced the Kubera mudra, which is said to be powerful for wealth and the fulfillment of desires, while at a BJP training class.
One leader was quoted as saying, “Mudras have great healing power. They comprise five elements — Earth, Sky, Water, Air and Fire. Kubera mudra is dedicated to the God of wealth, Kubera. The mudra increases the intent of our desires. Everyone there is eyeing MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly)… seats. Naturally, that mudra was quite appealing.”
While it’s not promised that using these mudras will ensure prosperity and luck obtaining high-level government roles, there is definitely something to be said about the mudras’ ability to heal. MudraGuide.com (http://mudraguide.com/) offers a fascinating look at mudras and diseases each mudra is purported to treat/cure. For example, the vaaya mudra is thought to be beneficial to treating epileptic fits and vertigo.
This week, mudras will be a hot topic in Pearl Yoga & Fitness’ classes. Join us as we incorporate some of these gestures into our yoga sessions and explore this fascinating, ancient holistic healing.