Best Audience: Folks old and young who want to energize and improve life with simple hand-based yoga, folks who want to deepen their understanding of palm-reading and using the power inherent in the energies of the hands

When I picked up Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi, I was looking for deeper insight into the energies and lines in the hands. I loved the idea of yoga for the hands and that there might be a way to use simple hand gestures to enhance or reinforce new habits of thought and mind I was working on at the time. What I found with Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands was a greater, more ancient practice designed to do all of that while also helping to reshape physical manifestation of those same energies.

What I love about Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands is that Gertrude has taken the time to connect the practice to other forms of palmistry, offering a decent grounding in the why for each point or position. She connects the various mudras, or hand positions and gestures, to other modalities, like Traditional Chinese Medicine’s acupuncture/acupressure points, as well as to other aspects of Ayurvedic practice, such as the chakra system. She also offers a variety of supporting practices that can be done with the mudras, if so desired, such as appropriate mantras, herbal support, associated colors, and meditations.

Mudras offers a large number of mudras with which to work. They’re easy to take with you, as it were, and to practice just about everywhere. Each position can be modified for those who suffer arthritis or similar challenges that make it hard to flex or move one’s hands. The positions, or mudras, can be held for as long or short a duration as desired, making this practice one that’s highly adaptable for a variety of situations.

Beyond being useful for building your own practice, Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi is helpful for understanding the gestures we see in Hindu and Buddhist statues and artwork. Although Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands doesn’t cover every gesture, she’s given us a wealth of information with which to understand those she doesn’t explain. That, for me, was a wonderful bonus because it gave me a deeper understanding of the layers of meaning within the artwork and Spiritual practices of those cultures and practices.

The Bottom Line: Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.

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