Introduction to Anjali Mudra
The Sanskrit meaning of Anjali means “to offer” or “to salutate” and Mudra stands for hand gesture. The Anjali mudra is a common hand position generally practice during the recitation of yogasana. It can as well be implemented with some other postures of Yoga like Vriksha asana, Anjanasana and many more .
Anjali stands for “offering,” and in India this mudra is much followed by the word “namaste.” In the West, we understand this gesture as a posture of prayer and meditation. Anjali mudra is one among the thousands types of mudras that are widely used in Hindu rites, classical dance, and yogasana.
As you bring in your hands unitedly at your center, you are virtually linking up the left and right side of the cerebral hemisphere of your brain. This is the yogistic approach and method of union, the linking of our physical and sensory natures.
Benefits of Anjali mudra
- It is mostly focusing and concentrating mudra which helps to relieve psychological tension and anxiousness from the mind and is hence used by many practician in maintaining focus and approaching into a meditative state.
- The carrying out of the pose helps to boost flexibility in the hands, wrist joint, fingers and arms.
- Bringing in the palms unitedly in the Anjali Mudra links up the right and left side of the hemispheres of the brain.
- The Anjali Mudra connects the performer with spirituality / god / divinity.
- The mudra encourages honour for oneself and others.
The Anjali Mudra is one of the most easiest and comfortable mudras. firstly try to sit in a comfortable position like Padmasana or Sukhasana. Make sure your spine is straight and enlongate the back of your neck and let the chin drop down little. Just bring both the hands together at the palms with the fingers pointing straight upwards direction . The hands should be compressed together securely and equally. If using this mudra in yoga, the hands will usually be placed in front of the heart.