9. Mudras - Divine Communication
One of the main features of the Gitananda tradition is the detailed exposition and understanding of Mudras, the ancient Yogic art and science of gesturing and sealing vital Pranic energies. These advanced techniques designed to improve neuromuscular coordination, culture human emotions and still the restless mind are a means of non-verbal communication that is subtle and refined. They enable us to communicate intrapersonally with our inner self, interpersonally with others and transpersonally with the Divine. The Oli Mudra teachings as well as the usage of Hastha Mudras with the breath in Vibhagha and Pranava Pranayamas are unique to this tradition. Swami Gitananda Giri was in tune with the Akashic record and there is no other way one can explain the phenomenal and limitless knowledge and wisdom that sprouted forth through his eloquent roar of truth. The Guru Kula installed at ICYER was the last place where Dr. Swami Gitananda taught (in physical presence) before leaving his body in 1993. The ICYER is located five kilometers north of Pondicherry, South India at the Bay of Bengal. There Dr. Swami Gitananda gave his Six Month Residential Yoga Teacher Training Course as he had done ever since 1968. Today his son Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and his wife Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani continue the work of Swami Gitananda at the ICYER.