Anjali Mudra Meaning, Benefits And Position

If you have ever wondered why people hold their hands in prayer, it is because of Anjali Mudra, a hand gestures with a specific position, meaning and benefits.

The hand gesture didn’t actually originate with prayer. It’s original name is the Anjali mudra. And it is also the “Namaste” position.

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In the guide, we revealed the history and evolution of these jand gestures, and we shared 60 mudras that all enlightened people should know.

Arguably the single most important hand mudra is Anjali. This is one of the most popular types of yoga mudra [READ: The Best Yoga Mudras]

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Anjali Mudra In 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 it is the exact same hand position that used in prayer by Christians. And it is used in  Buddhism, Hinduism and many other religions.

It 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 hand gesture 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, it means “Namaste” [1]. It is a greeting. It says,  “I see the divine in you”.

The Hand Gesture

This hand gesture is seen in many different world religions and cultures, and the position always stays the same.

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.

Anjali Mudra Benefits

It isn’t used for just prayer or for saying “Namaste”.

The benefits of anjalii mudra include:

  • Massively relieves anxiety.
  • Bringing the palms together  connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
  • Connects the practitioner with spirituality / god / divinity.
  • Promotes respect for oneself and others.
  • It is used for entering into a meditative state.
  •  It 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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Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a yoga teacher, meditation teacher and writer. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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  1. Tony Horan

    Namaste Paul, ?

    Thank you for this post, I have a couple of question please.

    I will be sending an email to a Shaolin training organisation and would like to use an appropriate and respectful greeting and would appreciate your guidance.

    I am considering using this emoticon ? followed by “Namaste” to open and close my email, is that appropriate?

    Is Anjali or Anjali mudra spoken or written as part of a greeting e.g can one use ? “Anjali” instead of ? “Namaste”?

    Would emoticons likely be considered inappropriate or childish to a Shaolin monk? Should I just use English?

    Kind regards.

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