Mudras: Theory and Practice Part I


May 13, 2017    4:30pm to 6:30pm  $60 for both sessions, $35 at the door or $30 pre-sale   Purchase Tickets Here

Part II will take place on May 20, 2017 4:30pm to 6:30pm

The practice of mudras is a straightforward and profoundly effective method for healing the body, calming the mind, and rejuvenating the spirit. It is one of the most ancient and dynamic components of Eastern Spirituality, having been used either on its own or coupled with Yoga postures and meditation for at least two and a half millennia. Yet despite mudras’ simplicity, utility, and age, discussions of eastern practices frequently lack a detailed exploration of their use. Consequently, the nuances of the system have become less available to many students of Eastern Spirituality.

This workshop will provide a detailed exploration of mudras and offer insights for the sake of your own spiritual cultivation. We will first give a history of their function in the East, alongside prescriptions and suggestions for daily personal use. Then, we will discuss the uses and benefits of individual mudras, so that you can incorporate them into your own practice in a mindful and informed manner. We will end with a short meditation where people will have the opportunity to meditate with a mudra that resonated with them personally during the lecture.

This workshop will be led by Matthew Kenney. Matthew is a daily practitioner of Yoga and meditation, in particular zazen meditation and Paramahamsa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga. Proficient in Sanskrit, he is a student of the Vedas and of the history of philosophy and religion in India. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.