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

Akasha Mudra - Gesture of Space

Ākāśa Mudra (Ah-kaa-sha) - Gesture of Space

Akasha Mudra is particularly beneficial for those seeking to enhance their spiritual and communicative aspects, making it a valuable tool in yoga practice for inner and outer space exploration.

Sometimes called Ether, the fifth element, Akasha represents the space in which all things can exist. Without space, nothing could be defined. Going further, it is the space that delineates the experience of reality. Without space, we could not function.

Akasha Mudra Yoga Mudra Gesture of Ether Asivana Yoga Jack Utermoehl

Instructions

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine.
  2. Touch the tip of the middle finger to the tip of the thumb.
  3. Keep the other three fingers straight and relaxed.
  4. Place the hands on the knees or thighs with palms facing upward.
  5. Ensure the shoulders are relaxed, and breathe naturally.

Benefits

  • Improves clarity and awareness.
  • Enhances communication skills.
  • Promotes a feeling of openness and space.
  • Helps in dealing with ear and hearing issues.
  • Balances the throat chakra, aiding in self-expression.

When to Practice

  • During meditation for enhanced clarity and space.
  • When seeking to improve communication abilities.
  • While working on throat chakra-related practices.
  • Anytime during the day for a mental and spiritual lift.

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Best Time of Day: Midday

Contraindications

Avoid if you regularly experience headaches, dizziness, or light-headedness.

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

Personal Insights

A light-hearted hand gesture, Akasha mudra is one to help us create space within ourselves. But what exactly is space?

To me, space is synonymous with capacity. Our capacity for anything is determined by how much space we have to contain the thing. We can handle so much stress, we can practice hot yoga for so many hours, we can be traveling for so many days. The higher our capacity, the more we can do.

So when I'm creating more space within myself, I'm creating the capacity to be a better version of myself, creating the space I need to be my authentic self.

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