Yoga

Anjali Mudra – Salutation Hand Posture

12Anjali Mudra, also known as salutation hand posture is a common gesture used to show respect and greeting in many parts of the world particularly in the Asian region. This gesture is also commonly used for prayer. This gesture is also incorporated into many yoga poses.

Anjali means salutation in Sanskrit and Mudra means sign. Thus, the pose is called salutation sign pose or salutation hand pose. This pose can be found in some other poses like the Tree pose, Sun salutation, standing tall pose etc. This pose is suitable for doing meditation.

How to do Anjali Mudra?

Press the palms of the hands together. The fingers remain together and the fingertips point upwards. The hands should be pressed together firmly. In the common form, the hands are brought together in front of the chest with thumbs touching the chest. In another variation of this pose, the palms may be held in front of the forehead and the thumbs touch the third eye.

What is the Symbolic meaning?13

Salutation hand posture generally means a greeting pose and is used to say hello or good bye. But, it carries a more deeper meaning. The palms are joined together to unify the left and the right hemispheres of the brain and thus, Anjali Mudra represents yoking or unification. This yoking signifies that the practitioner honors the divinity present in the recipient.

Physical Benefits

  • This pose is used to alleviate anxiety and mental stress.
  • This pose makes hands, fingers, arms and wrists more flexible.

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