What’s up with Yoga Hands?

Did you know that yoga hand gestures aka mudras can heal you? We can effectively use mudras to relieve physical pain and influence our minds and emotional responses to life.

Here are a few popular mudras I use in class and you probably have, too. Learn how they can heal you on and off the mat.

Jnana Mudra – This is probably the most recognized yoga mudra. We use it most often during meditation. It is done by touching the thumb and index finger together with palms up. This mudra clears the mind and improves memory and concentration. I find myself using jnana mudra all the time to keep me calm and centered in any situation.

Kali Mudra – This mudra is also known as the Charlie’s Angels mudra. We use it in standing and seated poses. You place your hands together with index fingers flat against in each other and other fingers interlaced. Kali mudra releases tension in the body. It also stimulates elimination in your large intestines, skin (by sweating), and lungs (improving exhalation).

Anjali Mudra – Also known as prayer hands, we use this mudra often in sun salutations and standing poses. Placing your hands together in front of your heart center creates harmony, balance, silence and peace. This gesture harmonizes and coordinates the left and right brain hemispheres. It can also be used to express clarity or gratitude. In India, it is a gesture for greeting or thanks; it shows respect for other human beings.

These are just 3 of the 52 yoga mudras I have studied. There are mudras that can heal back pain, specific emotional issues and more…

I hope this information helps you realize how much power is already in your hands.


One Comment

  • Corrine says:

    I’m fascinated with mudras, but have found this disturbing reference to ksepana mudra being called Charlies Angels mudra a lot lately. I can see why, but really, I can’t get past the idea that this is bringing an imaginary gun into yoga class. Everytime a teacher uses this terminology instead of say, steeple mudra, it takes me right out of my practice. How can I practice ahimsa when I’m ‘shooting my toes off’? I’m just curious if I am the only yogi out there who can’t relate to this naming of the mudra.

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