The Dhyanasana is a meditative pose in which both legs are crossed in the lotus position, with each foot resting on the opposite leg with the sole facing upwards, and is the most common pose for statues of Buddha. It is an ancient yogic pose that symbolises the symbiosis of perfectly trained body and breath, and the ability to achieve usually painful contortions. The Namaskara Mudra is the name for the position of the hands when they are pressed together at the palms, with fingers extended upwards and thumbs touching at the tip. They are either seen held at the heart chakra, at the sternum, or the third eye chakra, at the point between the eyes. It is a gesture of greeting, prayer and adoration, and the joining of the two palms is also thought to symbolise the existence of two realms as one; Vajradhatu and Garbhadhatu, the two facets of one spiritual life.
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