Makara is the symbol of Kama Deva, or
Mara, the Hindu god of love and desire. In Hindu astrology, it
represents a sign that is equivalent to the zodiac sign of Capricorn.
The name is also used in the following yoga practices:
- Makarasana, or Makara's pose, is a
relaxing posture that calms the mind and relieves fatigue. To
practice this asana, start in a prone position on the stomach.
Place one palm on top of the other facing down, and rest the
forehead on the hands. The legs should be hip-width apart.
- Makara mudra is an energizing
hasta mudra, or hand gesture, that may be used during meditation. Start by
placing one hand atop the other, face up, so the tips of the fingers are pointing toward the wrists. With the upper hand, touch the
tip of the thumb and the tip of the ring finger, forming a circle.
Thread the thumb of the lower hand between the ring finger and
middle finger of the upper hand and through the circle formed by the
thumb and ring finger.