Adhi Mudra in Seated Meditation Pose for Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Adhi Mudra - Gesture of Primordial Stillness

Ādhi Mudra (Ah-dhee) - Gesture of Primordial Stillness

Adhi Mudra's simplicity and essence of stillness make it a valuable addition to any yoga practice. A primordial gesture that represents utter stillness creating space for our authentic selves to be seen.

Adhi Mudra Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Instructions

  1. Sit in a comfortable seated position.
  2. Tuck your thumb into the palm of your hand.
  3. Wrap the other fingers around the thumb, making a gentle fist.
  4. Ensure the fist is not too tight; maintain a sense of ease.
  5. Place your knuckles on your thighs, with the back of your hands facing upwards.
  6. Keep your spine straight and shoulders relaxed.

Benefits

  • Calms and soothes the nervous system.
  • Helps reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Aids in focusing the mind, especially beneficial in meditation.
  • Improves lung capacity by encouraging deeper breathing.
  • Balances the energy flow in the body.

When to Practice

  • During meditation for enhanced concentration.
  • When feeling stressed or anxious to induce calmness.
  • In the beginning or end of a yoga session to center and balance.
  • Anytime during the day for a quick mental reset.

Duration: 10-15 minutes

Best Time of Day: Evening

Contraindications

People with hypotension (low blood pressure) should monitor effects of the Adhi mudra.

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Adhi Mudra in Seated Meditation Pose for Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog by Jack Utermoehl

Personal Insights

Have you ever seen a child self-calming their selves? When left alone, oftentimes they'll sit and make fists naturally finding the stillness within themselves. I recall doing this myself when younger. I didn't understand, no one had taught me, but I felt this calm me down.

Little did I know that 30 years later I would be using this very same mudra to calm myself down when I need to create space and stillness within myself.

I love to go on adventures and sometimes those adventures create moments of stress and tension. It's important to be able to stay present, find stillness, and act from a place of calm energy.

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