Anjali Mudra – Gesture of prayer
Anjali Mudra (Prayer) is a simple but powerful hand position and can be used in your practice and daily life. Anjali itself means “offering.” The beauty of this feeling, which places us at the core of our existence, is timeless and universal. The joining of palms is said to provide a connection between the right and left hemispheres of the brain and represents integration.
It is used as a composing pose to return to a person’s heart, whether you are greeting someone or saying goodbye to someone, taking initiative or completing an action. It is also often used in yoga practice, such as during Surya Namaskar and Tadasana.
1)- Bringing the palms together in this posture connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain and connects the practitioner with spirituality / God / divinity. It promotes respect for oneself and others.
2)- It is considered a natural treatment of stress and anxiety and is useful for entering a state of meditation.
3)- When practicing this mudra include your own metaphors, such as masculine and feminine energy, logic and intuition, and balance of power and tenderness.
Follow the steps :
- Gradually you pull your hands together at the center of the heart as if to gather all your resources in your heart. The rest of the thumbs reach lightly upward against the sternum and fingers. The hands are pressed together firmly and evenly.
- If you are sitting, remember to extend your pelvis longer than your pelvis and slightly remove the chin to bring the spine in alignment.
- The gesture can also be donewith the tips of the thumb resting against the “third eye” (between the eyebrows), or the”crown chakra” (above the head).
- The prayer posture is usually accompanied by a slight bending of the head.