Definition of mudra in English:

mudra

noun

  • 1A symbolic hand gesture used in Hindu ceremonies and statuary, and in Indian dance.

    • ‘Looking at the hand gestures of Tibetan monks as they chant, you see mudras portraying the dance of compassion and wisdom.’
    • ‘He explained the significance of the four kinds of mudras in Buddhist philosophy - karma mudra, dharma mudra, samay mudra and maha mudra.’
    • ‘Around me sat my dharma brothers and sisters, hands in their pretty mudras.’
    • ‘Entertainers were either doing mudras or belly dancing.’
    • ‘An addition this time to her print offering is a centrefold that explains the basic dance poses and mudras.’
    • ‘There probably are various mudras in usage to represent the elements - there's a book I came across recently called ‘Taoist Shamanism’ or suchlike that I recall suggests a few mudras along these lines.’
    • ‘Her right hand is raised, signaling the mudra, the traditional Buddhist gesture of consolation.’
    • ‘Then it was all about traditional dance with mudras and gestures.’
    • ‘At Gallaudet, it's a challenge for them to try mudras, just as it is for the Clarke dancers to balance on their legs.’
    • ‘Dance dramas based on the life of Lord Krishna are enacted in Manipur by young women who use simplified gestures descended from the large complex system of hand gestures called mudras.’
    • ‘The classical Indian dance form I practice, Bharat Natyam, also uses mudras to communicate both meaning and pure design.’
    • ‘‘Some dance mudras are good exercise for the wrist and knuckles, and are ideal for those who have to work for long at computer keyboards,’ he says.’
    • ‘This program uses dance mudras as a communication tool for the speech-impaired.’
    • ‘And he touched the earth in what is called the earth-touching mudra, or gesture, and said, ‘Earth is my witness.’’
    • ‘A hand held in a traditional posture or mudra or a foot glimpsed beneath a sari are the humble subjects of most works.’
    • ‘The book however, does not deal in detail with the mode of communication - the mudras.’
    • ‘When Sinbad requested her to dance the Bharatnatyam, Lara politely declined saying she was not appropriately dressed for the Bharatnatyam; she did however display some mudras.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, somewhere along the way disco fever challenged India's classical dances and today most young Indians can't tell a mudra from the ‘Yo man, peace!’’
    • ‘Cambodian mudras were practised as they stretched their arms towards the bonfire.’
    • ‘She spoke in short crisp sentences that curled at the edges with a musical lilt, and her hands, those little doll's hands, fluttered around in attractive ethnic mudras as she spoke.’
    1. 1.1 A movement or pose in yoga.
      • ‘She instructs them through touch, teaching the mudras and movements at first through fingers and hands.’
      • ‘The mudra which is used with most meditative poses is the ‘Gian Mudra.’’
      • ‘We sit with our legs crossed and our spines straight, then we place our hands into the prayer mudra and sing ‘Ong namo guru dev namo’ three times.’
      • ‘The authors begin with a primer on yoga, its roots, different styles and art of the practice that includes breath, meditation, mudras, chakras and bandhas.’
      • ‘Besides the academic curriculum, children are taught yoga and mudras aimed at developing their IQ and memory power and to strengthen them mentally and physically.’

Origin

From Sanskrit mudrā ‘sign or token’.

Pronunciation

mudra

/ˈmʌdrə/