Book Review: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures
Series: Mudra Healing Series Book 1
Publication Date: May 18th, 2015
My Thoughts on the Book
While I am somewhat aware of the concept of mudras, I am however completely new to the practice of them. Which is why, despite being drawn to this book, I decided to do a little bit of research and check out a youtube video before reading further into Mudra for Beginners.
This little video has a nice overview of the concept, in case you are just as curious but clueless as I was.
Sounded interesting enough – even if somewhat foreign, but I felt that I was now a little bit more qualified to read (and ultimately judge) a beginner’s level book on the subject.
I don’t Mudras for Beginners is exactly for beginners though, that are new to the healing systems and concepts of India. I am also quite unaware of the details of Ayurveda, and therefore some of what was spoken of here would have required a deeper study of the principles mentioned in this book, before actually diving into the practice of Mudras. Just like with the concept of Chakra systems, the study outlined here takes a lot more to understand than a few paragraphs. That led me to believe that, even if this book says it is geared toward beginners, it will actually only be totally useful to someone with a little deeper knowledge of the origin and background of this practice.
And my hunch was right. While this booklet (and I can not really call it a book, as it is very short) has its strong points (which I will mention in a second) it is not more in-depth than the short video I have shared with you at the beginning of this review, and to be honest, I think you can learn more from videos like this one, on the subject than you can learn from this book.
The strong points where:
- the individual instructions were short and clear, easy to follow and to understand
- the illustrations were clean and also clear to decipher, and therefore helpful
However, those points do not make up for the lack of depth of the material presented. If someone is actually, truly interested in the Mudras, they will be left disappointed. To me, this little book felt more like a reference or refresher book for those who are beginning to study this subject, and want a place where they can remind themselves of a simple Mudra, that they are currently practicing.
As for the accuracy of the information, I have to be fair and say that (as I mentioned above), I am in no place to judge the strength and validity of the presented information because I am new to Mudras.
This book is too short and lacks too many details to be an actual introduction to the practice of Mudras. You are better to look for a different book on the subject or to work yourself through the many online courses and Youtube videos available.
2 out of 5 Stars
Mudras have been in use in the East for thousands of years, invented in early Vedic Hindu culture and then practiced in Buddhism.
They have been used as a spiritual practice (and still are), as a way on the path to enlightenment.
They’re also used to cure physical ailments.
Sounds too good to be true!! But believe me, it is True!!
Do these Mudras while sitting, lying down, standing, or walking.
They can be done at any time and place while stuck in traffic, at the office, watching TV, or whenever you have to twiddle your thumbs waiting for something.
These hand postures help you –
#Cure Heart Problems
#Cure your Cold
#Increase your Concentration
#Relieve Muscle Fatigue
These Mudras are simple Hand Gestures that transform our hands into real “Powerhouses”.
Covering all you need to know about performing Mudras, this insightful, informative and fluff-free Beginner’s Guide will enable you to gain an understanding of a form of yoga that has already helped thousands of people across the globe.
From Building Character to Healing Emotional Pain,
From Bringing Luck to Connecting With The Divine,
Mudras can work wonders.