Anjali Mudra or Namaskara Mudra (The Diamond Handclasp):
Anjali mudra is one of the common mudras in our daily life. It is frequently used in most of the yoga asanas. It is the familiar gesture of joining the palms. This gesture is common in some asanas: in Tadasana (mountain pose), before the greetings of the sun begin, or in balanced postures like Vrksasana (tree pose).
Mudra in our Culture
In the East, we call it Namaskara mudra or prayer mudra. Because
Each one of us who grew up with this gesture as part of our culture probably has his or her own personal connection to this Mudra, either positive or negative. However, the beauty of this gesture, which places us at the centre of our being, is timeless and universal.
This mudra is usually accompanied by the word “namaste”. As the perfected
Indian greetings, Namaste is often translated as “I bow before the deity within you”
the divinity in me “This welcome is fundamental to the yogic practice of
See the divine in all creation. That is why this gesture is offered to everyone.
Anjali Mudra is used as an asana of calm, back to the heart, whether you greet someone or say goodbye, whether you start or end an act. By bringing your hands to your centre, you literally connect the right and left hemispheres of your brain. This is the process of yogic union.
How to do Anjali mudra
- Sit comfortably at the beginning
- Extend the spine out of the pelvis and extend the neck by lowering the chin slightly
- Guide your hands to one side and then to the centre of the chest as if you wanted to gather all the resources in your heart.
- Repeat this movement several times and consider your own metaphors to bring your rights and lefts (masculine and feminine, logic and intuition, strength and tenderness) in abundance.
- Try moving your hands on both sides of the midline and pause for a moment. Do you feel a bit displaced? Now go back to the middle and note the power of the middle line.
- Carefully touch your thumbs on your sternum.
- Extend the shoulder blades to enlarge your chest from the inside.
- Make space under your shoulders while aligning your elbows with your wrists.
- Stay here for a while and enjoy your experience.
What initial changes in consciousness do you experience? Is there a change of mood?
Imagine starting with your yoga practice or activity that you want to focus on how your inner state affects the outcome of your experience. Take Anjali Mudra again, but this time gently separate the palms so that your hands look like the button of a lotus flower. Depending on your spiritual orientation, you can metaphorically plant a prayer, an affirmation or a quality such as “peace”, “clarity” or “vitality” in your Anjali mudra. Let your chin fall on your chest and awaken a sense of humility that will allow you to start practising. It is important that this offer Anjali remain true to yourself, as it is more effective and uplifting for you.
If you feel that your call is over, draw kieep your fingers in the middle of your forehead, Ajna Chakra, and pause there to feel the calming effect of your touch. Take your hands to your medium to establish your intention in your heart.
From there, you can start your yoga asanas, your meditation or any activity from a place of connection. Observe how much easier it is to be present and with everything you do. Look for other moments to integrate Anjali Mudra into your practice and your life.
In addition to the start and end of your yoga sessions, Anjali Mudra can be used. In many other Sunrise Asanas to restore and maintain your centre this mudra is used. When your hands are on Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) or the posture of the tree, you are only Anjali Mudra. The conscious combination of this upward movement of your hands with an invisible line of energy with your heart helps your posture.
Anjali Mudra is an ancient way of helping people remember the gift of life and use it wisely.
Variation of Anjali Mudra with raised arms.
Regardless of the variation you practice, this mudra is designed to help balance the right and left sides of the brain, so that the body rests and swings, and to increase awareness of the present moment.
Bhudhist aspects of Anjali mudra
The Anjali Mudra or Namaskara Mudra is the mudra of offering and devotion. The Gesture of Prayer (Namaskara Mudra) with the palms folded together. It is formed by joining the hands, which are held vertically at the level of the breast, palm against palm, fingers against fingers, interlocked at the tips, the right thumb covering the left.
The gesture formed by the union of the two hands, recalls the co-existence of the two inseparable worlds, which are really one: the Diamond World, or vajradhatu and the Matrix World, or gharbhadhatu. These two worlds are the expression of two aspects of one cosmic life and represent the reciprocal action of the spiritual and the materials, the static and the dynamic.
India and South-East Asia people use this mudra for salutation, it evokes an offering of good feelings, of one’s person, etc. and also indicates veneration if it is made at the level of the face.
Normally when people visit temples in India they perform this mudra by holding hands in front of God.