Anjali Mudra

This mudra is practiced all over the world and in many different types of settings. You see it as a sign of greeting among people in Himalayan countries, as a way of beginning and ending a yoga class, and in churches and temples throughout the world – it is also called prayer hands.

Anjali mudra is a sign of devotion and in yoga we sometimes use the mudra as a sign of devotion to our inner teacher, when used with the word ‘namaste’ we are also honoring the divine in others. On the physical level drawing the hands together at the heart is a way of drawing the energy inward to the center of our body and can help in balance poses when we feel perhaps a bit ‘scattered’ and unable to hold the pose. Yoga therapists teach the gesture to students to help balance all the five elements in the body, to help students find calm and to help reduce fear and anxiety.

Find a comfortable seat, legs crossed and grounded through the sitz bones or whatever comfortable seated pose works best for you. Bring your hands together at your heart center, palms pressing together with a small space open at the center of the palms, fingers long and pressing into the same fingers of the opposite hand, draw the four fingers together to touch and extend the thumbs to the sternum.

Sit for 5-10 minutes, as long as you are comfortable and calm as experts do not agree on how long a mudra should be held in order to feel the benefits.

Inhale, pause, exhale, pause, repeat.

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