What are mudras?
Mudras are an ancient system of manipulating the energy currents of the body through the positioning of the hands and fingers. For instance, one might place the thumb and index fingers of both hands together in meditation as a way of improving concentration and memory skills. The word mudra means “seal,” “gesture,” or “mark.” There are thousands upon thousands of different ways to manipulate the hands, fingers, and thumb. For the mathematical nerds among us, if we were to take into consideration the various combinations of mudras possible with the ten hand digits, the number is ten factorial (10 x 9 x 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2x 1) or 3,628,800 potential gestures. No doubt, some esoteric yogis understand at least several million of them! As a mystical practice, there is endless potential for increasing one’s spiritual powers.