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Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance Hardcover – Aug 15 2012

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon; 1 edition (Aug. 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190849
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 939 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Gold Medal Winner in the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Awards - Body, Mind and Spirit Category* 'Our hands are awesomely powerful... "Mudras of India" is a detailed photographic compendium of 250 hand mudras and how-to techniques illustrating India's rich tradition with these gestures... In this age of keyboards and cell phone text messaging, "Mudras of India" introduces a wonderful self-healing way to communicate with our hands.' -- Spirit of Change Magazine In their enclopedic Mudras of India, Cain and Revital Carroll enthusiastically trace the history of mudras, the traditional hand gestures of Indian spiritual practices and dance, which tap into subtle pranic energies and awaken creative expression... Whether you're an advanced yoga practicioner or a beginning belly dancer, Mudras of India offers a fresh way to enliven your practice. -- Yoga International The art and science of hasta-mudras in Indian classical dances and yoga, is a complete language in itself. It has been handed down through the ages from seers and sages to those interested. Documenting these mudras at length, this book becomes a seminal compilation, with illustrations and text, and brings aesthetic and artistic sensibilities to an otherwise academic subject. Congrats! -- Professor Ashish Mohan Khokar, scholar on arts and culture of India and Chair of the Dance History Society of India This well-designed presentation of mudras brings together a significant feature of both yoga and Indian classical dance, instrumental toward revealing the metaphysical understanding of non-duality. Mudras of India is a welcome addition to traditional codifications with explanations, techniques, applications, and usage structured to make this knowledge accessible to a broad readership. -- Sharon Lowen, renowned classical Indian dancer of Odissi, Manipuri and Chhau, New Delhi, India Mudras of India by Cain and Revital Carroll is a comprehensive, exhaustive study of "Mudras", both in Yoga and Classical Indian dance. The text delves into mudras in various cultures and explicates their possible therapeutic uses. The book is a must-read for students of classical Indian dance and yoga, as also for those seeking curative and preventative healing. -- Ratna Roy, PhD, Senior Professor, Dance, The Evergreen State College, Senior Guru, Odissi Classical Dance, and Artistic Director, Urvasi Dance Ensemble Mudras of India is a much-needed compendium that beautifully illustrates the incredible variety and versatility of the hand gestures that play a key role in India's sacred traditions. Every dancer, yogi, or yogini will want to keep a copy on hand! -- Roxanne Kamayani Gupta, PhD, author of A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance: The Yogini's Mirror Mudras give access to the subtle body in remarkable ways, given the extensive neurological connections between the hands and the hemispheres of the brain. This collection is an invaluable resource for students of yoga and meditation as it offers clear and concise detail on the hand articulations. I feel that this book is the perfect gateway for students to work with the mudras in order to yoke their awareness in more refined and nuanced ways. -- Tias Little, MA, founder of Prajna Yoga, Santa Fe, New Mexico Yoga teachers are always looking for new ways to help our students deepen their meditation practice. This beautiful book offers many powerful hand mudras that yoga practitioners can learn and incorporate into their sitting meditation. Add this book to your yoga library. It is remarkable how a simple mudra keeps our mind more present during the practice of meditation. -- Desiree Rumbaugh, yoga teacher and creator of the DVD series Yoga to the Rescue Neuroscience has shown that our touch-screen technology is depriving us of the evolutionary use of our hands as tools of the mind, putting us at risk for depression. This astonishingly beautiful and well-researched book offers the sacred art of hand gesture that, in connecting hand to mind and heart, can sustain our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Whether you come to Mudras of India with an interest in dance, yoga, meditation or your own self-care, you will be well-served. -- Amy Weintraub, founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists

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Over 200 clearly photographed hand mudras with instruction on technique, application and benefits

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mudras of India - Wonderful! Oct. 12 2012
By Megan Black - Published on
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This book fills a long overdue need in English. It is clearly a reference book with lots of valuable information. A great tool for Yoga practitioners wanting to deepen meditation practice. The dance mudra references which comprise well over half the entries are mostly derived from Odissi and are different for area of expertise. I wish there was an index of dance and another of healing/meditation mudras.
Overall I would give it the full five stars because of the scholarship, care and clarity of presentation.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and comprehensive May 9 2013
By Laraine A. Herring - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Cain and Revital have distilled the complexities of this subject into a clear and accessible format, even for someone who is a novice. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in these powerful practices. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use March 16 2014
By Yeggy Potterfan - Published on
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This book is organized for the newbie and the old pro. It's very informative with names in English and Sanskrit (along with a pronunciation guide.) The mudras are listed in varies ways to be accessible for specific reasons, i.e. digestion, anxiety, etc. The directions for the gestures are easy to follow and there is a photo for each mudra, also.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for any yogi/yogini Oct. 18 2012
By CK - Published on
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A beautiful & amazing book that any ayurvedic/yoga student interested in mudras must have. This book is great for both beginners & more advanced practitioners in yoga and Indian dance. Each mudra is well pictured, thoroughly described in technique, application, and benefits. I encourage every student of yoga to dive into this wonderful and healing art with "Mudras of India".
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Oct. 30 2012
By Andre Rizzi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Surely this is the best book on mudras there. Beautiful pictures, descriptions excelent. If you want to study this subject, buy it