Definition - What does Kalesvara Mudra mean?
Kalesvara Mudra is a hand gesture used to calm the mind and take control over thoughts and emotions. Mudras help to direct the flow of prana or energy within the body, and each had a particular focus or symbolism. This mudra is dedicated to Kalesvara, otherwise known as the Lord of Time. Kalesvara Mudra therefore guides us to contemplate time, death and our behaviours in life, helping us to overcome unwanted traits by shifting the focus from monkey mind to self-observation.
Kalesvara Mudra can be practiced in any seated meditation posture, using the following steps:
1. Bring the tips of the middle fingers together
2. Bring the first and middle joint of the index finger together
3. Bring the thumbs together, creating a heart shape
4. Gently curl the remaining fingers in, and connect the thumbs to the sternum
5. Draw the elbows out to the side
Yogapedia explains Kalesvara Mudra
For maximum benefit, this mudra should be practiced for 10 to 20 minutes daily. The power of Kalesvara Mudra can also be increased by setting an intention for change or improvement prior to meditation.
Since this mudra is effective in changing character traits and bad habits, it is particularly useful in overcoming addictive behaviours. With practice, this mudra can help to increase the time period between thoughts, not only allowing for a true state of calm and clarity, but also improving concentration, focus and memory.