Meditation is a centuries-old practice to declutter the mind and become aware of the present moment. It usually performed while sitting. But what to do with your hands as you are doing all the work in your head? Where you place your hands and what you do with them while meditating can affect the experience, deepen it, channel the right kind of energy, and, finally, help you maintain your posture and focus. The hand positions are known as “mudras” in meditation.
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#1. Gian mudra: Sit so that you are comfortable. Your arms are relaxed at your sides. Rest your wrists on your knees. Now, connect your index fingers and thumbs so that they are touching.
This Gian mudra variation helps you generate calmness, knowledge, receptivity, and wisdom. There is another version of this mudra that generates a kind of energy that is active and protective. To perform it, lower your index fingers onto the knuckles’ creases.
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#2. Prayer mudra: Most often, it is this hand position that we see in images of Buddha. Connect your palms at the center of your chest. Relax your elbows. Be comfortable. Perform this mudra to balance your energy and body. As a variation, bend your fingers a little so that air can pass through your fingers and hands. This Prayer mudra variation signifies opening your heart.
#3. Venus hands mudra: As you are meditating, lace your fingers together and put your hands in your lap. Looks familiar? You have probably tried this hand position before. It is called Venus to show the connection with the love and sexual energy of the planet Venus. For a female version, fingers are interlaced with the right little finger on the bottom, the opposite (left little finger at the bottom) for a male Venus hands mudra.
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#4. Buddhi mudra: Sit comfortably, arms relaxed at your sides while your wrists are on your knees. Connect the tips of the little fingers and thumbs. This Buddhi mudra is said to help you generate and strengthen your powers of communication.
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