Sambhavi Mudra

Definition - What does Sambhavi Mudra mean?

Sambhavi mudra is a symbolic and therapeutic gesture employed in yoga practices and meditation that focuses concentration on the ajna chakra, or "third eye center." The term comes from the Sanskrit words, sambhavi, meaning “happiness,” and mudra, meaning “closure,” "mark” or “seal.”

There are numerous types of mudras, each thought to have a specific effect on the body and mind by clearing the psychic centers and energy channels. Although the hand mudras are the most common in yoga, there are also head, postural, lock, perineal and, in the case of sambhavi, citta mudras. Citta mudras are also known as "consciousness seals."

Yogapedia explains Sambhavi Mudra

Sambhavi mudra is also known as “eyebrow center gazing" where the yogi focuses his/her gaze at the point between the eyebrows by rolling the eyes upward and inward. This mudra can also be practiced with the eyes closed and, symbolically, by focusing the mind on the ajna chakra.

Sambhavi mudra is believed to help the yogi calm and transcend his/her mind and reach higher states of consciousness, including samadhi. By opening the ajna chakra, the mudra develops inner knowledge, wisdom, intuition and imagination. On a physical level, sambhavi mudra strengthens the eye muscles and releases tension.

Yogis who suffer from glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, have had cataract surgery or other eye operations should practice sambhavi mudra only with the assistance of an expert.

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