Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gurudev European Mudra Workshop Tour

Sri Swami Vishwananda will continue touring Europe in a series of Mudra Workshops after returning from Mauritius later this week: Link for Gurudev’s calendar http://www.bhaktimarga.org/

A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. A mudra is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian traditions, among others.

Dancer portraying Hindu goddess Lakshmi with her characteristic hand mudras:
In yoga, mudras are used in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), generally while seated in Vajrasana pose, to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana in the body.

A brain research paper published in the National Academy of Sciences in November 2009, demonstrated that hand gestures stimulate the same regions of the brain as language.

(Reference Wikipedia)

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