Añjali Mudra (Ahn-jah-lee) - Salutation Seal
Anjali mudra's universality and simplicity make it a profound addition to any yoga practice, serving as a reminder of respect, balance, and the connection to the self and others.
Sometimes called prayer hands, Anjali mudra transcends cultures and religions around the world. Recognized globally as a sign of gratitude, respect, and appreciation.
- Sit or stand comfortably with a straight spine.
- Bring your palms together at the center of your chest, just in front of your heart.
- Ensure the fingers are pointing upwards and the elbows are slightly bent.
- Gently press the palms together, keeping the shoulders relaxed.
- Close your eyes for a more introspective experience.
- Encourages balance and centering of the mind.
- Promotes a sense of respect and humility.
- Aids in focusing the mind and reducing distractions.
- Helps in opening the heart chakra.
- Can be calming and soothing, promoting inner peace.
When to Practice
- Commonly used at the beginning and end of yoga sessions.
- Before and after meditation.
- In daily life as a gesture of greeting or gratitude.
- Whenever seeking to cultivate a sense of balance and respect.
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Anjali mudra transcends cultures, religions, and spiritual practices similar to Dharmadhatu mudra and Jnana mudra. It is commonly recognized around the world as a sign of reverence, inner peace, and salutations. I am often overcome with the desire to express my gratitude to others with Anjali mudra.
To me, it's the union of two expressed through my hands and body. To show this union from two to one is an expression of connectedness between myself and the receiver of the mudra.