Sometimes, the most powerful messages are the ones that are the quietest. Instead of using your words to speak, you’re communicating through a series of spiritual avenues that use your mind, body and spirit. But what does that mean to the average person and everyday yogi? It simply means connecting your mind, body and spirit to communicate. There are no words, just gestures, facial and body expressions, intention, power and the environment.
What’s the point? Like we said, sometimes the most powerful messages are the ones that are the quietest. Being able to communicate without the use of words connects you to yourself (or to whoever you’re communicating with) on a deeper, genuine and more authentic level.
We all have that one person who gets what you’re saying even when you’re not saying anything at all. That one person you can look at and have them instantly know what you’re thinking. That’s non-verbal communication and it’s a beautiful thing.
You do it every time you make a facial expression; every time you raise an eyebrow,
What might surprise you though is that non-verbal communication doesn’t have to be used to translate a message to someone else. Instead, it can be used to dip deeper into your own spirituality, meditation, and mindfulness.
Since we’re all yogis here, it only makes sense to start non-verbal communication with mudras. To put it simply, this is the process of using your gestures (mudras) to translate a message; it’s a spiritual gesture that creates a seal between you and your intentions. It’s the realm of non-verbal communication that sends messages to and fro.
Since mudras are used to channel specific energies that translate a message, they’re often used during meditation. Just think about your hand positioning and posture while meditating or when bringing your heart to center or sitting in lotus pose during your yoga practice. You are stimulating a specific flow of energy throughout your mind, body and spirit that sends a message, often times, an intention.
That is non-verbal communication.
We recently wrote a Mala Prayer blog post on the top three hand positions for meditation. You guessed it – these were mudras. However, there are many more. In fact, there are 108 mudras used to communicate non-verbally, hence why authentic mala beads have 108 beads. But, expecting you to learn all 108 mudras would be ridiculous and stressful, which is the opposite of what you want to use mudras for. So instead, focus on communicating your intentions via energy with these six powerful mudras.
One of the most common mudras throughout yoga and meditation is the Gesture of Prayer (Anjali). This mudra is used to communicate greetings and farewells, such as hello and goodbye. However, it also carried a deeper meaning.
By connecting the palms on your left and right hands via the Gesture of Prayer mudra, you are sending a connection to both the left and right parts of your brain. This symbolizes the connection of all things divine; honouring oneself and others with devotion and gratitude.
The Gesture of Granting Wishes (Varada) is the perfect mudra for non-verbal communication. Often times, you use mudras to find an answer to a question or intention and what better way to do just that than with this gesture.
In order for you to grant all the wishes you desire, this hand position must be done with the left hand. You hold it out with the palm facing upwards and fingers pointing downwards. With the addition of deep breaths and mala beads, you can also use this hand gesture to practice the art of forgiveness. No bad blood here!
Everyone could use an extra dose of promise and protection, and that’s exactly what the Gesture of Promising Protection (Abhaya) mudra does. It’s similar to the prior in the sense of positioning, only opposite. Instead of using the left hand, you use the right hand and make sure the palm is facing outwards. You point the fingers upwards and communicate reassurance and safety without saying a word at all.
This mudra can also be used to dispel negative energy, similar to the Miass mala beads. It also brings forth calming energies and introduces it to both your heart and situation.
The Gesture of Life Flowing (Pran) is very similar to the top three hand gestures to do during meditation. Instead of connecting your index finger with your thumb and facing your palm upwards, you connect the tips of your ring finger, little (pinky) finger with the tip of your thumb. Place the palm upwards and breathe with intention.
This mudra is excellent for keeping life’s positive energies flowing, making it perfect for maintaining clarity and to awaken the spirit, especially during meditation.
The Gesture of the Highest Enlightenment (Yoni or the Uttarabodhi) mudra is known for channeling a creativity and powerful force of energy that can penetrate the entire universe. So, make the “heart” symbol by curling your fingers and connecting your fingertips from the left hand with the right hand. Extend your index fingers until they are straight but still keep the fingertips together and you’ll be channeling all kinds of inspiration, creativity and positive energies.
Non-verbal communication is the key to finding the deeper meaning of meditation and your yoga practice. It isn’t just about doing gestures but rather, using the gestures to channel the energies that are needed to connect and seal your intention with the solution. So, grab your mala beads, align your mind, body and spirit and dive deeper into non-verbal communication.