What are the best mudra books?
When I was writing THE DAILY MEDITATION’s list of mudras I read through all the best books on mudras.
As you may know, these hand positions are symbolic gestures involving the body. They are powerful tools for spiritual development and health.
I 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
I also read through 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.
The Best Mudra Books To Read In 2021
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:
I often refer to this mudra book when teaching the hand gestures to students in my online meditation lessons.
This publication contains details on all the most important yoga hand gestures.
What makes this one of the best mudra books in the world is the quality of the illustrations.
There are 82 illustrations of all the different hand positions (Hasta Mudras). The book gives detailed instructions, so you know how to do the hand positions properly. And there are easy-to-follow guides to using mudras in everyday life.
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:
This read is a visual powerhouse. What makes it one of the best mudra books is that it’s full of beautiful photos.
It has over two hundred photographs of specific hand gestures from yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, and more. 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 hand gestures, along with extensive guides on how to use them effectively. It covers mudras from Hinduism, yoga and Indian spiritual dance.
It goes into great detail and 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 that each one offers.
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. The cards show you the hand gestures for you to copy.
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 best mudra book if you’re looking for something a little 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. It is especially good 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.
There’s also a captivating 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 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 it’s still solid.