[POTM] Anjali Mudra

In Practice & Principles by Samatva Yoga0 Comments

When we bring our hands together at the level of the heart, we are making a gesture known in yoga as “anjali mudra”. Anjali is often translated as “offering”, and in The Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy, John Grimes uses “handful” to explain the Sankskrit term, as in “a handful of flowers”.

Perhaps try to leave a little space, a little pocket between your palms, creating a place to hold an unseen offering. With hands together at your heart, you can take a moment to contemplate offering kindness, a happy wish, some imaginary flowers, or even just the gesture itself. Whatever the offering, or gift, it can be given outward or to oneself.

Try stopping in the middle of a busy day and quietly bringing your hands together in anjali mudra. Hold them there in the center, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Let that breath out fully, and go on with your day– perhaps a little more peacefully.

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