Mudras of India
336 pages, 7 3/10 x 10 2/5
264 b&w photos
Release Date:01 Jun 2013
Release Date:15 Aug 2012

Mudras of India

A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

For thousands of years hand mudras have been used in India for healing, storytelling, emotional expression, and to evoke and convey elevated spiritual states. For the first time, the elaborate system of mudras – as applied in yoga and Indian dance – has been organized into a comprehensive, fully-indexed, and cross-referenced format that allows readers access to this still esoteric body of knowledge.

Mudras of India presents over two hundred photographed hand mudras, each with detailed instructions on technique, application, health and spiritual benefits, and historical background. The authors have extensively researched the usage of mudras and their significance in the larger context of Indian spiritual systems, and taken painstaking efforts to ensure each mudras is rendered with the correct Sanskrit name, transliteration, and translation to English.

The book will appeal to spiritual seekers, students, and teachers of yoga and Indian Dance, scholars and lay people, and anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of Indian mudras, and the transformative effects of these powerful hand gestures.

Cain Carroll teaches yoga, qigong, meditation, and self-healing worldwide. He has trained extensively under the guidance of Daoist, Buddhist, and Indian Yoga masters. His journeys have taken him to remote areas of India, China, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, and South America, where he received private instruction in many rare and powerful practices. Cain is co-author of Partner Yoga and creator of three self-healing DVDs. His website can be visited at Revital Carroll has been dedicated to the study of Indian spiritual arts since childhood. Intensive study and practice of yoga and meditation in the Himalayas led her to discover her passion for Odissi Indian Dance. She is the creator of three instructional DVDs, and she offers classes, workshops, and performances worldwide. Visit for more information.

Blessing. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide. Introduction: The History and Heritage of Mudras. Getting Started. The Mudras. Notes. Appendix A: Energy Anatomy. Appendix B: Gayatri Mudras. Appendix C: Dance Mudra Sets. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. About the Authors.

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