Do you know why you hold your hands together when you pray? The hand gesture didn’t actually originate with prayer. It’s original name is the Anjali mudra.
This Mudra is one of the most common mudras in yoga. If you take yoga classes you’ve probably seen this mudra before, when your yoga teacher enters the room, just before they say “Namaste.”
This Mudra is also seen combined with many asanas, such as the Sun Salutation and Tadasana. The Mudra is also seen in Buddhism, Hinduism and many other religions. Of course, in the West it is seen as being the hand gesture of prayer.
Because the Mudra is so closely associated with religion, many non-religious people do not wish to make the gesture. It is, however, very important to separate the mudra itself from its religious associations.
Anjali Mudra Position:
The Mudra is one of the easiest musdras. Simply bring the hands together at the palms with the fingers reaching upwards. If using this mudra in yoga, the hands will usually be placed in front of the heart. If in Christianity, the hands will be in front of the centre of the torso. Different religions have the hands in different positions.
Anjali Mudra Meaning
The Mudra means “Namaste” and is regularly used in greetings. It means “I see the divine in you”.
The Anjali mudra isn’t used for just prayer or for saying “Namaste”. It actually helps your health in amazing ways:
- Bringing the palms together in the Anjali Mudra connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
- The Anjali Mudra connects the practitioner with spirituality / god / divinity.
- The mudra promotes respect for oneself and others.
- The mudra is a natural remedy for stress and anxiety.
- It is a useful mudra for entering into a meditative state.
The anjali mudra or prayer geasture is without doubt the most important hand gesure in the world.