Mudra means "seal" or "mark" and is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture. Most are performed with the hands and fingers, although some involve the entire body. They are used in meditation, martial arts, yoga or pranayama in order to direct energy flow within the body.
Mudras can help us to come back to intentions within our practice. They stimulate different areas of our brains and can even produce specific energies and states of mind.
MUDRAS CAN HELP US TO COME BACK TO INTENTIONS WITHIN OUR PRACTICE.
When practicing mudras, our fingers each represent a specific universal element:
- Our thumb represents the fire element.
- Our index finger represents the air element.
- Our middle finger represents the space element.
- Our ring finger represents earth element.
- Our pinky finger represents water element.
Mudras can help us to create a balance of the elements within ourselves.
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Anjali is Sanskrit for "divine offering" and derives from anj, meaning to honour or celebrate. It is a "salutation seal" and expresses love, gratitude, honor and respect offered towards both self and others. You may also see this pose used in association with the word and gesture Namaste.
Anjali Mudra is a centering pose and is thought to help alleviate stress and anxiety. In meditation, the Anjali Mudra is used to achieve focus. Joining the palms together unites the right and left hemispheres of our brains and symbolizes a uniting of the different sides of ourselves - physical and spiritual, masculine and feminine, strength and tenderness, etc - in ourselves.
TRY ANJALI MUDRA
Press the palms of your hands and your fingers together in front of your heart space with your fingers facing up. Press your hands firmly and evenly. Rest your thumbs lightly at your sternum. Lift your heart to the sky and activate your shoulder blades down your back. Bring your elbows in alignment with your wrists.
The Anjali Mudra can also be performed at the Ajna or Brow Chakra with your thumbs resting against your "third eye" or crown chakra. You might visit the Anjali Mudra throughout your yoga practice in different asanas or poses.
ANJALI IS SANSKRIT FOR DIVINE OFFERING.
This week, as you integrate the Anjali Mudra into your life and practice, notice the calm, present and joyous feelings that come with it.
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