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Question for August 18, 2013: Hands
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
When meditating, what do you do with your hands?

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HandyBendy — 4 years ago — permalink
Check out some meditation Mudras - experiment with them and choose the one you feel most comfortable with. Dhyana Mudra or subtle variations of it is one of the most widely used.

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
You know, I'd never heard the term "mudras" before. Very interesting to learn about them.
Do you recommend them because they're comfortable to use, or for spiritual reasons?

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HandyBendy — 4 years ago — permalink
Well I personally find them very comfortable to use. They allow the arm and shoulder muscles to relax more easily (particulary Dhyana Mudra or the similar Buddha Mudra) and help to promote a feeling of serenity & stability. They are also considered to be symbolic spiritual gestures and to influence to flow of pranic energy through the body. 
http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/mudras.html
Another very important aspect of Kundalini yogta mediation techniques is the use of body 'locks' or muscular contractions called Bandhas, applied for the retention and channeling of Prana. 
http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/bhandas.html
Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras and Bhandas form a complimentary 'suite' of techniques used to achieve profoundly deep states of consciousness and to stimulate the kundalini energy to awaken.

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Kyletin — 4 years ago — permalink

I am perhaps the strange person who finds the Dhyana Mudra strangely uncomfortable! I think I am putting it "on" the wrong part of me, for it will never rest " flatly " on my lap. One foot always moves it up (depending on which which is on top). I apologise if that is explained poorly!

I tend to do something like in what I found in this picture: 

http://www.hathayoga.co.za/yoni_mudra.gif

I wasn't even aware it was something that other people did, but hey. I googled "Yoni Mudra" and got something VERY different also in the google images pictures, so it could be a miss-labelled .gif on that hathayoga.co.za site, but at any rate, I find that a REALLY comfortable hand position. 

Thanks for the information!