A Mudra is a symbolic hand positions used for spiritual development and wellbeing. Perhaps the best way to learn them is with books.
I recently read through the classic mudra books like:
- Mudras: Yoga In Your Hands
- Mudras for Body, Mind And Spirit
- Mudras Of India
- The Healing Power Of Mudras
- And also some truly dreary titles that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.
After my extensive reading, I thought I would share with you all my favourite titles so you can learn the hand positions of yoga, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Let’s take a look.
As well as the titles below, I’ve written lists of the best meditation books on specific topics. Take a look at my lists for:
1. Mudras: Yoga in your Hands:
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I often refer to this mudra book when teaching the hand gestures to students in my online lessons. It contains details on all the most important yoga hand gestures.
What makes this one of the best is the quality of the illustrations.
There are 82 illustrations of all the different hand positions (Hasta Mudras). I liked the detailed instructions that show you know how to do the hand positions properly. And I found tbe guides easy-to-follow.
The product description says, “Schooled in the traditional knowledge of this eastern art of healing, well-known Swiss yoga teacher, Gertrud Hirschi, shows how these easy techniques can recharge personal energy reserves and improve quality of life. These mysterious healing gestures can calm the stress, aggravations, and frustrations of everyday life.”
2. Mudras of India:
I fiund this one visually spectacular and appreciated all the beautiful photos.
It has over two hundred photographs of specific hand gestures from yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, and more. I’d say it’s worth picking up a copy just for the photos. Gorgeous.
On top of that, you’ll find an excellent read about the importance of mudras, along with extensive guides on how to use them effectively. It covers mudras from Hinduism, yoga and Indian spiritual dance.
I thought it was very detailed. The authors, Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll, tell you about the spiritual and cultural significance of the hand gestures while also making them accessible to newcomers.
For each mudra, you will see a general description, instructions, “application”, and notes on the health benefits of each one.
For me, I enjoy this read because it is presented so cleanly and clearly.
3. Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit:
Guess what? This isn’t just a book. It’s a card set.
Basically, with Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit, Gertrud Hirschi gives you 62 different illustrated cards. I found it easy to copy the hand gestures shown on the cards.
On the back of the cards, you get details on the hand positions along with a meditation.
My favourite exercise to do with this set is to shuffle the cards and randomly pick a mudra and meditation. I find that when I do this, I start practising mudras that I’ve not used in a while.
This is the book for you if you’re looking for something fun and educational.
4. The Healing Power of Mudras:
The Healing Power of Mudras is a comprehensive guide to performing and using the hand gestures of yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. I recommend this one if you want to use mudras to heal.
What makes this publication different to the rest is the fact that Rajendar Menen talks about how hand gestures have been used in martial arts, Indian Classical Dance, and other areas. This gives you a fascinating look into their history.
I was most impressee by the section on how to combine mudras with colours and music for an enhanced experience.
It’s probably worth mentioning that this is also the least expensive product on this list at $10.86.
Definitely, the best mudra book if you’re on a budget. So why so cheap?!
Well, it is shorter than some of the other mudra books on the list. It weighs in at just over 100 pages, which is very thin. So be aware that you will be getting a diluted product with this, but I still love it.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
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