Do you know why people hold their hands together when they pray?
The hand gesture didn’t actually originate with prayer. It’s original name is the Anjali mudra. And it is also the “Namaste” mudra.
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Arguably the single most important hand mudra is Anjali.
Anjali Mudra is one of the most common mudras in yoga
You will have seen the Anjali mudra before if you practice any of the top 13 types of yoga.
If you take yoga classes you’ve probably seen the anjali mudra before, when your yoga teacher enters the room, just before they say “Namaste.”
It’s often combined with different asanas, such as the Sun Salutation and Tadasana.
It’s popular outside yoga too.
For starters, the anjali mudra is the exact same hand position that used in prayer by Christians. And it is used in Buddhism, Hinduism and many other religions. Although there are are far more important mudras in Buddhism.
The Anjali mudra is even used by non-spiritual people–who doesn’t hold their hands together when they’re asking for a miracle?
There is a reason why this mudra is so popular. It is massively beneficial as we’ll see in a minute.
Anjali Mudra Meaning
The anjali mudra is omnipresent through society.
Even chimps hold their hands together in this gesture.
And because it is so commonplace, it has a lot of different meanings.
In Christianity, the anjali mudra means something totally different to what it means in yoga. “Prayer hands” actually means repentance and dedication to God.
In yoga, the Anjali mudra means “Namaste”. It is a greeting. It says, “I see the divine in you”.
Anjali Mudra Position
The Anjali mudra is always the same hand gesture, regardless of religion.
And it is a really easy hand gesture too.
Simply bring the hands together at the palms with the fingers reaching upwards. Now place your hands in front of your heart.
The Anjali Mudra has many benefits
The Anjali mudra isn’t used for just prayer or for saying “Namaste”. It is actually one of the top mudras for health.
The benefits of anjalii mudra include:
- Anjali mudra massively relieves anxiety.
- 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.
- It is a useful mudra for entering into a meditative state.
- The mudra is a natural remedy for beating stress
The anjali mudra or prayer gesture is without doubt one of the most important hand gestures in the world.
It has been used for centuries. And we all know how important it is in various religions.
But did you know about the benefits we looked at above?
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