Bhairava Mudra - Gesture of Fierceness

Bhairava Mudra - Gesture of Fierceness

Bhairava Mudra (Bhai-ra-va) - Gesture of Fierceness

Bhairava mudra, with its profound symbolism and balancing effects, can be a powerful addition to meditation practices, particularly for those exploring deeper aspects of yoga and spirituality.

The fierceness of this otherwise seemingly peaceful gesture is the aspect that destroys the veil of ignorance within ourselves. In this way it is both peaceful and fierce as to see beyond our ignorance creates friction between what we believe is true and what we perceive as true.

Bhairava Mudra Gesture of Fierceness Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog Jack Utermoehl

Instructions

  1. Sit in a comfortable meditation pose with a straight spine.
  2. Place your hands in your lap, with one hand resting on top of the other, palms facing upwards.
  3. Relax your shoulders and breathe naturally.
The right hand is usually on top for men, and the left hand on top for women, but this can be adapted based on personal energy flow.

Benefits

  • Promotes a sense of balance and inner unity.
  • Aids in calming the mind and reducing stress.
  • Enhances meditative depth and concentration.
  • Balances the masculine and feminine energies within.
  • Fosters a feeling of expansiveness and spiritual connection.

When to Practice

  • During meditation, especially in practices focusing on inner silence and expansion.
  • In moments of seeking balance and calm in daily life.
  • When exploring tantric or advanced yogic practices.
  • Anytime for cultivating a deeper connection with the self.

Duration: 10-20 minutes

Best Time of Day: Evening

Contraindications

None

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Bhairava Mudra in Meditation Lotus Pose Jack Utermoehl Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog

Personal Insights

My go to meditation mudra. With sight to see reality for what it is, without judgement, without conditions. While called "gesture of fierceness", Bhairava mudra is about being fiercely courageous to go where few choose to go.

Into the depths of our consciousness lies the greatest of mysteries, one that entirely eludes current day sciences, although I believe we're moving in the right direction.

I love to be in this space and if you ever see me at a yoga festival or at my local yoga studio, you'll likely see me perform Bhairava mudra as I turn my attention inwards.

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