Anjali Mudra – Salutation Seal

Anjali Mudra – Salutation Seal

Introduction :

Anjali Mudra it is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Anjali (Salutation) andMudra (Seal).This gesture is also known as Hrdayanjali Mudra, praṇāmāsana, Pranam Mudra, Namaste Mudra and Pray Position. It is called as Salutation Seal in English.

When we do Anjali mudra our palms-together completes an energetic circuit between our hands and the heart and harmonizes the right brain and the left brain.

You can notice, Indians and many Asians are doing this Anjali mudra knowingly or unknowingly do this posture as a way to greet a person, often while saying “vanakkam”,”welcome”,”Thanks”,”namaste,” or before or after a yoga practice or any events. This gesture first appeared 4,000 years ago.

In many Asian countries people use this Anjali mudra Gesture for worship their god and highly respected persons.

We can find this Anjali mudra in the sun salutation and many asanas

It plays a vital part in many religions including Hinduism

It helps toreduce the mental stress and anxiety and Physical benefits are it improves the flexibility in the fingers, arms, wrists and hands

Steps Involved:

  • This is very Simple gesture. Slowly Place the Right palm against the left palm firmly against each other with your thumbs gently pressing into your sternum.
  • Time duration: Practice this salutation seal for three to five minutes to get the maximum effects, though this gesture often practiced for just few seconds.
  • It has many variations. Let’s see another variation is, one can perform this salutation seal gesture at third eye center or at your crown chakra.

Benefits:

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety
  2. Calms the brain.
  3. Calms and soothes the brain and nervous system.
  4. It helps to connect with divinity.
  5. One can use this for relaxation
  6. Stimulates the heart functions.
  7. Enhances the flexibility of the wrists, hands, fingers and arms
  8. Creates flexibility in the hands, fingers, wrists, and arms
  9. Connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
  10. This mudra promotes respect.
  11. It is a natural remedy for anxiety and stress.
  12. It helps to prepare to enter into a meditative mind-set.

Dos, Don’ts and Tips:

It is not the pose like, this person should avoid. It is the pose any one can do at anytime and anywhere

While practise some asanas, Instead of keeping our hands separate, one can use this salutation seal in many yoga poses as variations.

Always rememberdo not press the palms together forcefully, while practise the Anjali mudra pose. Keep the palms to touch lightly and retain the ‘dome’-like shape.

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