Yoga and the Art of Mudras
In this book, Nubia fuses her passion for yoga and dance with her love for bhakti (devotion). In so doing, she has created a unique, original, and contemporary yoga system that encompasses all three healing arts.
Yoga and the Art of Mudras is a guided journey into the alchemy of asana (yoga pose) and mudra (symbolic hand gesture).
Brazilian-born yogini, dancer, and author Nubia Teixeira has been practicing and teaching traditional yoga and classical Indian Odissi dance for almost 30 years.
In this book, she fuses her passion for yoga and dance with her love for bhakti (devotion). In so doing, she has created a unique, original, and contemporary yoga system that encompasses all three healing arts.
Through beautiful photographs of each yoga pose, Nubia guides the reader in a meaningful union of hand gestures with asanas. Drawing, in particular, on expressions and hand gestures found in Indian dance, these newly developed poses will help transform a person’s hatha yoga practice into an embodied devotional and artistic yogic experience.
Nubia’s yoga-mudra system combines expressions that are deeply rooted in the heart of traditional yoga, classical Indian Odissi dance, and inspirational bhakti yoga storytelling. Honoring the gifts of all three systems, Nubia Teixeira shares a beautiful and truly original voyage into the heart of devotional yoga practice.
Yoga and the Art of Mudras
“In this book, I also present a new repertoire of yogasanas as based on the Odissi poses of some of the main gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. These asanas are expressions of these deities and the embodiment of their instruments, symbolism, and properties. I call them bijasanas, or “seed poses,” and they contain the latent potency of these divine beings. Each bijasana either represents an aspect of a deity’s power or tells a story from an episode of the deity’s life. Practiced with devotion, these special poses become a way to tap into the well of generosity of these divine beings.”
“We can bring Bhakti into all of our relationships: with the Divine, with ourselves, with one another, and with Mother Nature’s entire creation. We can express Bhakti in everything we do—from waking up in grati- tude to sleeping as an offering, from awakening in seva(selfless service) to reuniting in faith and total surrender.”
“Each mudra in Bhakti can be a key into a mythi- cal gate. It can bring a bhakta onto the doorsteps of a divine being’s abode”
“Mudras in the practice of Bhakti Yoga become offerings from your individual soul to the universal soul. When you hold a mudra of a specific deity, you don’t become that deity but your action allows you to come closer to their domain. The key hand gestures become a conduit for their auspiciousness to flow to you, so you can feel their presence within you. The mudras grant you access to experience the grandiosity of these gods and goddesses—in small doses—and, by way of transmission, to become their instrument.”