Yoga mudras as in ancient texts and its current relevance
Arathi Lakshmikara Vallinger
Context: Asanas and Pranayama are popular in the field of Yoga. This is a study of not so popular Yoga Mudras. What does the ancient texts talk about the Yoga Mudras? Is it possible to practice these Yoga Mudras in today’s world? Are Mudras different from Asanas?
Objective: The aim is to compare the knowledge of Yoga Mudras in the ancient texts and to make use of it.
Methods: Study the ancient texts like Yoga Upanisads, Gheranda Samhita, and Hatha Yoga Pradipika to find out about Yoga Mudras.
Result: Many Mudras have been mentioned in these texts, of which the five Mudras that can be practiced in the current world are described.
Conclusion: Hatha Yoga Pradipika 3.8 says, Mudras are difficult to be attained by the Devas. Humans can attain that which cannot be attained by the Devas!