Mudra

 WHAT ARE MUDRAS?

Have you ever wondered why you place the palms of your hands together in front of your heart when you pray? It is a mudra, specifically designed to invoke the spirit within ourselves and those we meet. Mudras are hand gestures that seal or lock in specific energy experiences and that bring forth the innate experience of bliss within us. Precise positions of the hands channel the universal energy into our being for very specific purposes. They control the direction of energy and encourage healing. Rich in symbolism, they embody and open communication with the archetypal energies in the universe.

This page is under construction. Photos and additional information on each mudra will arrive shortly. Much of this information is based on that found in the Professional Yoga Therapist Manual by Joseph Le Page.

HASTA MUDRAS

Hasta Mudra #1

Gently press together the tips or pads of the little fingers until you sense the best energetic connection. The other fingers may be gently curled in or extended out.

Hasta Mudra #1

Gently press together the tips or pads of the ring fingers until you sense the best energetic connection. The other fingers may be gently curled in or extended out.

Hasta Mudra #3

Gently press together the tips or pads of the middle fingers until you sense the best energetic connection. The other fingers may be gently curled in or extended out.

Hasta Mudra #4

Gently press together the tips or pads of the index fingers until you sense the best energetic connection. The other fingers may be gently curled in or extended out.

Hasta Mudra #5

Gently press together the tips or pads of the thumbs until you sense the best energetic connection. The other fingers may be gently curled in or extended out.

Hasta Mudra #6

Hakini Mudra

Gently press together the tips or pads of all the fingers until you sense the best energetic connection.

  HASTRA MUDRAS WITH INTERLACED FINGERS

Interlaced Mudra #1

Interlace the little fingers with the other fingers gently curled. Pull the fingers apart with moderate pressure while inhaling and release the pressure slightly on the exhalation. Hands are in front of the solar plexus with the forearms parallel to the earth.

Interlaced Mudra #2

Interlace the ring fingers with the other fingers gently curled. Pull the fingers apart with moderate pressure while inhaling and release the pressure slightly on the exhalation. Hands are in front of the solar plexus with the forearms parallel to the earth.

Interlaced Mudra #3

Interlace the middle fingers with the other fingers gently curled. Pull the fingers apart with moderate pressure while inhaling and release the pressure slightly on the exhalation. Hands are in front of the solar plexus with the forearms parallel to the earth.

Interlaced Mudra #4

Interlace the index fingers with the other fingers gently curled. Pull the fingers apart with moderate pressure while inhaling and release the pressure slightly on the exhalation. Hands are in front of the solar plexus with the forearms parallel to the earth.

Interlaced Mudra #5

Interlace the thumbs with the other fingers gently curled. Pull the fingers apart with moderate pressure while inhaling and release the pressure slightly on the exhalation. Hands are in front of the solar plexus with the forearms parallel to the earth.

Ganesha Mudra I

Interlace all the fingers and turn the back of the left hand toward the chest. Pull the fingers apart with moderate pressure while exhaling and release the pressure slightly on the inhalation.

Perform 7 times, hold, and then repeat to other side with the back of the right hand toward chest.

  PRANA SHARIRA MUDRAS

Kanishtha Sharira Mudra

Lower Body Mudra

Place the hands on the waist just below the ribs with the thumbs at the back of the body and the fingers pointing forward. The palms form a flat table parallel to the earth with the fingers together and pressing into the body. The elbows move slightly forward and the shoulders back and down.

Madhyama Sharira

Mudra

Middle Body Mudra

Press the thumbs into the center of the armpits. The palms and forearms form a flat table parallel to the earth. The elbows move slightly forward while the shoulders move back and down. The fingers move together on the exhalation and away from each other on the inhalation as the chest expands.

Jyeshtha Sharira

Mudra

Upper Body Mudra

Raise the arms overhead, bend the elbows, and place the palms onto the shoulder blades. Keep the shoulders relaxed down as the elbows reach up. The arms remain parallel to each other. Engage

uddiyana bandha to keep the spine from arching backwards.

PRAYER MUDRAS 

Anjali Mudra

Invocation

Place the hands together in front of the heart. Leave a small, empty space between the palms. Sense the contact between each of the fingers and also the contact at the base of the palms. The forearms move gently toward parallel to the earth.

 

Kapota Mudra

Dove

Beginning in Anjali Mudra, with the hands in front of the heart, make the space between the hands larger with the fingertips and base of the palms still touching. The hands form the shape of the pinnacle of a temple or steeple of a church.

 

Shankha Mudra

Conch Shell

Place the first four fingers of your right hand around the left thumb. Now, extend your right thumb to touch the index and middle fingers of your left hand. Wrap the fingers of the left hand around the right fist to form a shell.

 

Kali Mudra

Goddess of Transformation

Interlace all the fingers and the thumbs in front of the chest. Extend the index fingers and press the pads gently against each other pointing upward.

 

Matangi Mudra

Goddess of Inner Power

Interlace all the fingers and the thumbs in front of the chest. Extend the middle fingers and press the pads gently against each other pointing upward.

 

Ganesha Mudra II

Highest Protection

Interlace all the fingers in front of the chest. Extend the middle fingers and wrap the index fingers around behind them. Place the thumbs together at the base of the middle fingers.

 

Vajrapradama Mudra

Unshakable Confidence

Interlace the fingers in front of the chest with the palms facing toward the heart and the thumbs facing upward. Open the hands away from each other, creating a gentle stretch to the fingers.  Rest the hands on the current of energy that surrounds the heart, 5 to 12 inches from the body.

 

Padma Mudra

Lotus Flower

Beginning in Anjali Mudra, keep the tips of the little fingers and thumbs together, as well as the base of the palms. Separate the ring, middle, and index fingers wide apart to form the shape of a lotus opening its petals. Sense the light and energy rising upward from within the lotus.

 

Garuda Mudra

King of Birds

Cross the arms in front of the chest with the left arm in front of the right arm and the palms facing the heart. Hook the right thumb in front of the left thumb to form the shape of wings. The fingers may be opened or held gently together.

  MUDRAS FOR RECEIVING AND OFFERING

Avahana Mudra

Opening and Receiving

Place the edges of the little fingers together with the palms facing up in front of the solar plexus. Press the thumb gently into the base of the ring finger. The fire element, representing Spirit, reaches down to connect with matter. Other fingers remain together and extended. (note: follow written instructions for

placement of the thumbs)

Pushpaputa Mudra

Offering of Flowers

Cup the hands and bring the sides of the little fingertips and ring fingertips together. Form the hands into a loose bowl, as if lovingly holding and offering a gift of flowers.

Samputa Mudra

Hidden Treasure

Cup the hands, placing the left hand underneath and the right hand on top. Create a hollow, protected space within the hands. Sense the energy contained there.

 MUDRAS FOR ACTIVE MEDITATION

Jñana Mudra

Wisdom

Join the thumb to the index finger and extend the other three fingers. Sense the circuit of energy within the circle formed by the thumb and index finger. Allow the palm of hand to be a pool or repository of this energy.

Medha Prana Kriya

Middle Energy Cleansing

Join the index finger to the middle joint of the thumb, gently pressing the fingernail into the joint and extend the other three fingers. Sense the circuit of energy within the circle formed by the thumb and index finger.

Prajña Prana Kriya

Deepest Energy Cleansing

Join the index finger to the lower joint of the thumb, gently pressing the fingernail into the joint and extend the other three fingers. Sense the circuit of energy within the circle formed by the thumb and index finger.

MUDRAS FOR RECEPTIVE MEDITATION

Bhairava Mudra

Spontaneous Bliss

Rest the cupped left hand onto your lap. Rest the cupped right hand into the left hand. Allow the shoulders to relax downward and allow the weight of your entire being to rest down into the earth.

                      

 

 

 

 

Mandala Mudra

Circle of Wholeness

Rest the cupped left hand onto your lap. Rest the cupped right fingers onto the left fingers. Join the tips of the thumbs to form an oval. Sense the circuit of energy between the thumbs which expands throughout the circumference of the oval.

Dhyana Mudra

Meditation

Rest the cupped left hand onto your lap. Rest the cupped right fingers onto the left fingers. Join the tips of the thumbs to form an oval and raise the index fingers to meet the thumbs pressing the middle and upper joints together.

As beginners our intellect is only in the brain. You must have a million eyes, all over the body.
- B. K. S. Iyengar