Hand Gestures Mudra A mudra (Sanskrit:"seal") is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. Mudras are a fundamental form of yoga practice. 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.

Mudra positions are usually formed by both the hand and the fingers. Along with asanas ("seated postures"), they are employed statically in the meditation and dynamically. Each mudra has a specific effect on the practitioner. Common hand gestures are to be seen in both Hindu and Buddhist iconography. In some regions, for example Thailand and Laos, these are different from each other, but related iconographic conventions are used.

Mudras are also used in Indian Classical Dance and Martial arts training. 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.

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