Yoga Mudras In Orthodox Christian Art

A large number of religious icons of the Orthodox Christian Church depict Jesus, Mary, and the saints performing hand-gestures which correspond exactly to specific yoga mudras

Bibhu Dev Misra writes, “Yoga mudras are generally regarded as a component of hatha yoga. They comprise of a set of hand-gestures performed during meditation. The hand-gestures direct the flow of the vital energy (prana) to the different parts of the body through the energy channels (nadis). This helps to balance the five elements (Pancha Mahabhutas) which constitute the human body, namely – fire, air, ether, earth, and water. In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in these five elements results in various diseases. Yoga mudras not only regulate and strengthen the physiological functions of our body and assist in healing, but also provide a number of mental and spiritual benefits for the practitioner.”

He found 11 yoga mudra in Byzantine art that resembled Yoga Mudras

  1. Prithvi
  2. Prana
  3. Apana
  4. Karana
  5. Akasha
  6. Dhyana
  7. Surya
  8. Anjali
  9. Abhaya
  10. Varada
  11. Ardhapataka

Please follow this link to read his article.

This article has also been published in Prof.Michael Lockwood’s anthological book The Unknown Buddha of Christianity.I

9 thoughts on “Yoga Mudras In Orthodox Christian Art

  1. Aroon Khonde

    Thanks for this article… In indian Tantra path, there are thousands of Mudras for each deity. These can be used in Yoga practices… Aroon Khonde / Nasik , India.

  2. anewcreation128321695

    They aren’t yoga mudras. Everyone has hands. You’re reading something into it that doesn’t exist.

    1. alpocock

      Agreed. Yoga mudras has nothing at all to do with Christianity. And I’d be doing a little more research onto that artwork also, looks like ‘Catholic’ art to me, they’re guilty of mixing paganism into their false religion.

  3. Sandeep Post author

    From the blog below

    In Indian mythology, Trimurti consists of Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma. In Serbian mythology, Triglav consists of Višnji, Živa, Branjanj.

    In Serbian the meanings of the names of the holy trinity (Trimurti, Triglav) members (Višnji, Živa, Branjanj) actually correspond to their role in Serbian Trinity:

    Vishnji (meaning “one who is up high”, from vis “high”), the sun.
    Branjanj (meaning the protector, supporter, from bran “protection”, braniti “to protect”), the fire.
    Živa (meaning alive, living from Živ “alive, life”), the giver and taker of life.

    Serbian folk tradition also tells us that Triglav lives in India and that India was the home of the Serbs, which Serbs had to leave because of a huge political or religious upheaval of some kind, probably a religious civil war which plunged India into chaos.

  4. Arindam Gupta

    Sorry, a bit out of context!:
    Could somebody please mail me the book “an experience in the body” by Sri Ramakrishna Das?
    Arindam Gupta
    my email – (please note that it is a dash and not an underscore between the first & the second name)


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