CPD Course: Art of Gesture (Mudras)


Mudras are ancient hand gestures that have been used for centuries to enhance mental focus and soothe the nervous system. Often referred to as “Yoga for the hands,” these gentle yet powerful tools can help deepen your students’ practice and elevate their experience on the mat. In this course, you’ll discover the transformative benefits of mudras and learn how to seamlessly incorporate them into your daily yoga classes. From enhancing concentration to promoting relaxation. Help your students to unlock the hidden potential of their practice!

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The practice of mudras has been around for thousands of years in India, China, and Japan. Mudras are hand gestures or positions that seal energy into the body, and can be used in combination with breathwork, visualization, and mantra. Mudras engage certain areas of the brain and exercise a corresponding influence on them, and they were originally used as a form of sign language. There are hundreds of mudra-gestures formed by ancient yogis and sages, but they are all based on four basic hand positions. Mudras can be used to bring about emotional balance, connect to intuition, and heal the physical body.

Learning outcomes include

  1. Understand the definition and origins of mudras in yoga practice and the science behind how mudras work.
  2. Identify different types of mudras and their corresponding meanings and benefits, learn the effects of mudras on the physical, mental, and emotional body
  3. Practice a mudra sequence
  4. Develop the ability to incorporate mudras into yoga sequences and classes

About the teacher: Rachel Zinman

Rachel Zinman has been practising since 1983, teaching since 1992 and teaching teachers since 2000. She’s studied with some of the most influential teachers in the west including Alan Finger and Mark Whitwell as well as immersing herself in the study of Vedanta.