Mudras (New Edition)
Author: Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri
Revised and Edited: Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
Publisher: Divyananda Creations, 2007 (First Edition 1975)
About This Book: This is a completely revised and upgraded edition of the original book by the great Yogamaharishi. A good deal of material is available to the modern student on the subject of Hatha Yoga Asanas, Shat Karmas and a bit on Pranayama. Little is however found when searching for information on Mudras that represent some of the deeper practices of the Yoga system. Mudra is the ancient Yogic art and science of gesturing and sealing vital Pranic energies in the human body for health, well being and spiritual evolution. These are advanced techniques designed to improve neuromuscular coordination, culture human emotions and still the restless mind. In Yoga and Tantra, Mudras are used with the most evolutionary knowledge available to the serious student about the relationship between energy flows in the tissues, nerve channels and organs of the body as well as their correlation to higher flows of Prana in the subtle and causal bodies. In the higher practices of Yoga, Mudras are used to “gesture” the mind, Prana and the lower and higher Shaktis through the Nadis, or subtle nerve channels of the Pancha Kosha, the Five Bodies of Man. A short practice of the Prana Mudras will soon convince even the most skeptical student of their value. The Oli Mudras are amongst the most valuable techniques to be undertaken by a serious student of Yoga. The Shakti Mudras represent the highest form of sublimation of lower energy drives into the bountiful Ojas and Tejas, the higher forces produced in the human body by the Yogis.