Anjali mudra or prayer position, is an age-old means of helping human beings to remember the precious gift that life is, and to remind us to use it wisely. It is used in many traditions, cultures and religions around the globe. It helps us to align our mind (awareness), feelings (heart), and actions (body) with one simple gesture. This pose brings the layers of being together – which is the essence of yoga – ‘to yoke’
Anjali mudra, pronounced AHN-jah-lee MOO-dra, translates to mean ‘slutation’ ‘seal’. Anjali mudra is used as a posture of composure, of returning to one’s heart, whether you are greeting someone or saying goodbye, initiating or completing an action. It represents a meeting of the hearts. As you bring your hands together at your centre, you are literally connecting the right and left hemispheres of your brain, your outer and inner worlds. This is the yogic process of unification, the yoking of our active and receptive natures.
If you would like to take a simple meditation – bring the hands to the heart and repeat the mantra yam, yam, yam. This will have a calming effect and place you in touch with your true self.