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. https://www.bibhudevmisra.com/2017/11/yoga-mudras-in-orthodox-christian-art.html

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

6 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.

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  2. anewcreation128321695

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

    Reply

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