The anjali mudra pose (salutation seal) marks the yoga practitioner’s journey into the realm of spiritual awakening. It signifies his or her eagerness to traverse the path of enlightenment in search of inner peace. The anjali mudra is commonly used to facilitate relaxation and meditation.
About Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal)
The anjali mudra is one of the most commonly used and recognized yoga asanas. The anjali mudra pose is also referred to as the pray position, Namaste mudra and pranam mudra. It is often used to commence and end yoga sessions, and it is also incorporated into the performance of other yoga postures. It is a highly symbolic pose, denoting the willingness to delve into the spiritual aspects of one’s soul, and readiness to work towards harmonizing it with the physical body. The anjali mudra signifies that the yoga practitioners are honored to be a part of this joyous spiritual awakening and are ready to embark on this enlightening journey wholeheartedly.
Step By Step Instructions
The anjali mudra pose sequence can be mastered by following these guidelines!
- Position yourself on the yoga mat in a seated pose.
- Cross your legs so that the sole of the right foot is placed against the left thigh. The left leg should be positioned in front of your right leg. Both heels should be positioned in front of your pubic bone.
- Your posture should be straight, but not rigid. Bring your hands together, with the palms facing each other and touching lightly, in front of the heart chakra (middle of the sternum).
- Keep your elbows bent, back straight and palms pressed together in the anjali mudra pose for at least 2 to 5 minutes.
The anjali mudra has wonderful health benefits for the mind and body!
- Calms and soothes the brain and nervous system.
- Relieves stress and anxiety.
- Can be used as a relaxation and meditation technique.
- Stimulates the heart muscle.
- Enhances the flexibility of the arms, hands, wrists and fingers.
Things To Remember
Remember that the palms should not be pressed together forcefully in the anjali mudra pose. Allow the palms to touch lightly, so that they retain their ‘dome’-like shape.