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Readers share their favorite mudras (hand gestures).
Dulce Ruby Peralta
“As the sun set, I sat on a dock in Indonesia and took a moment for myself. Jnana Mudra helped me find stillness and peace.”
“While hiking in Arches National Park, Utah, I chose Anjali Mudra behind my back. It creates a more open posture that helps me release stress and tension.”
“Before undergoing a mastectomy at age 36 (I have the same gene deletion that journeyed my mom through four cancers), I meditated in Apan Mudra for physical detoxification.”
Providence, Rhode Island
“I was experiencing heartache after losing loved ones and being apart from my boyfriend, who was working overseas. This posture with Chin Mudra (a gesture of consciousness) helped me surrender to light beyond struggle.”