Definition - What does Surabhi Mudra mean?
Surabhi Mudra is a sacred gesture or 'seal,' otherwise known as the 'wish-fulfilling' mudra. In yoga, mudra's are used to direct or seal energy in the subtle body. Surabhi Mudra is named after Surabhi, daughter of the divine cow Kamadhenu, and the placement of the fingers in this mudra symbolizes the udders of the cow. This gesture is used to treat rheumatism, arthrosis, bile and gout.
Follow these steps to practice Surabhi Mudra:
- Begin in a stable sitting posture, with hands in prayer position at heart centre.
- Connect the tip of the ring finger of the right hand to the little finger of the left hand.
- Connect the tip of the ring finger of the left hand to the little finger of the right hand.
- Bring the middle fingers of both hands to touch the index fingers of the opposite hands.
- Spread the thumbs away from the fingers, pointing towards the heart.
- Hold the mudra, whilst focussing the awareness on deep and steady breaths.
Yogapedia explains Surabhi Mudra
Surabhi Mudra can be practiced for five to fifteen minutes, up to three times a day. If practiced regularly during meditation, this mudra can help to manifest desires and realize dreams.
Surabhi Mudra stimulates the manipura chakra (solar plexus) and helps to bring all five elements into balance, particularly by calming the fire element. When the eight fingers come together, a number of nerve centres and glands are stimulated, such as the adrenal, pineal and pituitary. As such, Surabhi Mudra helps to detoxify the body, and improves digestion, metabolism and hormonal equilibrium.