The list of mudras, hand gestures, is endless and there are many different variations to them as well. Here we introduce you some of the most common ones, which you might have practiced in a yoga or meditation class.
ANJALI / NAMASKARA MUDRA
Anjali mudra is the hand gesture that evokes greeting another being with the utmost respect and adoration for the Divine in all. This mudra can be expressed with palms at the heart level or at the forehead, as a prayer coming from one's heart or the third eye. Only with the heart or with a deeper spiritual insight (third eye) can one truly see that we are all expressions of the same light. Fingers can be together or separated.
CHIN / GYAN MUDRA
Chin mudra is the gesture of knowledge and human consciousness. Practicing this mudra is believed to help instill wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. It is one of the most commonly used gestures with those who meditate or practice yoga regularly.
DHYANA / SAMADHI MUDRA
Dhyana is the hand gesture that promotes the energy of meditation, deep contemplation and unity with higher energy. The circling of energy created by the triangle formed by hands also promotes a cleansing of any impurities on an etheric level. Just by looking at this Buddha hand gesture one can connect to the energy of deep peace and serenity.
Kalesvara Mudra is dedicated to the lord of time. Kalesvara Mudra helps us by clearing conflicting thoughts and making us calmer. It helps us in contemplating and observing our character, addictions and behavior over time, opening the door for change. Kalesvara Mudra can be practiced by anyone desiring change.
Uttarabodhi mudra helps you to cultivate oneness as opposed to feeling separate from everything else in your world. Practice this mudra to remind yourself that strength is gained from becoming one with others.
The Yoni mudra can be described as a gesture that allows a person to get detached from the chaos of the outer existing world. Yoni means uterus or womb and this gesture is named the Yoni Mudra, because the person who practices it regularly has no external contact with the world, pretty much like a baby in the uterus. This mudra helps to relieve stress and to attain spiritual calmness and mental development. (In the picture the triangle points upwards, but in the practice the peak points downwards)