Shiva Linga Mudra

Definition - What does Shiva Linga Mudra mean?

Shiva linga mudra, or also called upright mudra, is a Sanskrit term for a hand gesture that may be used in one's yoga practice. Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction; linga is derived from li, meaning "to dissolve," and gam, meaning "to move on"; and mudra means "sign," "energetic seal" or "gesture."

Shiva linga mudra is a representation of the form of Shiva lingam worshipped in Hindu temples. To assume shiva linga mudra, keep the left hand at abdomen level and in bowl shape. Let the fingers of the left hand stay together. Making a fist, place your right palm over the left palm. The thumb of the right hand should be extended upward. Hold this mudra for 15 minutes.

Yogapedia explains Shiva Linga Mudra

Shiva linga mudra symbolizes the integration of the energies of Shiva and Shakti, the Hindu goddess. The right hand with the upright thumb represents the masculine force and the left hand symbolizes the feminine energy.

Benefits of practicing shiva linga mudra include:

  • Energizes the body
  • Strengthens prana
  • Promotes self confidence
  • Relieves stress
  • Calms the mind
  • Improves intuition

The power of shiva linga mudra to address physical and mental fatigue is supreme. Regular practice is believed to help keep one healthy and energized.

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