Two mudras – or two asanas?
One way of seeing a certain group of mudras is to perceive them as bodily symbols of divine energies – embodied mandalas. They seem to link into all kinds of aboriginal and Tantric esoteric rite and rituals.
In HYP half of the mudras – like the maha-mudra and maha-vedha-mudra – are mainly poses and they function as seals. Some of them are shown above and seem very connected to the notion of stopping the bindu from dripping down into the stomach. Most yoga students would at first glance believe that these mudras were asanas. The mudra poses are often strenuous arrangements of the body hold for prolonged time. It is easy to imagine that their purpose was to contain and re-direct body fluids. Maybe some modern asanas have their origin in mudras?
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