Mudras are subtle physical combinations of movements that change our perception and attitude, increase our awareness and focus.
Anjali Mudra - the Salutation Seal - connects left and right hemisphere of the brain and helps to stimulate Anahata Chakra (the heart Chakra) as well. It represents union of opposites - male and female, light and dark - joining them in one whole.
Anjali Mudra is commonly used in prayers - it represents respect and gratitude, and because of that it is used to request something in a polite and respectful way. In India, this Mudra is used to offer respectful greeting and salutation along with the word Namasté.
Usually, it is used at the beginning and end of a yoga class. You just need to:
- sit in a comfortable meditative posture, i.e. Sukhasana, Siddhasana, Vajrasana or Padmasana;
- join the palms of your hands, fingers touching fingers - not making pressure, just feeling the heat and the touch - facing upwards and thumbs on your chest;
- close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nostrils.
We can add OM chanting for better focus and to help meditate.