Mushti Mudra

Definition - What does Mushti Mudra mean?

Mushti mudra is a yoga technique, or gesture, designed to help release pent-up emotions. It is a hasta (hand) mudra and one of a series of therapeutic mudras thought to have healing properties.

To perform this mudra, each hand makes a fist and the thumb stretches over the first three fingers to touch the ring finger.

The term comes from the Sanskrit mushti, meaning “closed hand” or “fist,” and mudra, meaning “gesture” or “seal.” This mudra, therefore, is also known as the fist mudra.

Yogapedia explains Mushti Mudra

Hasta mudras can be done seated, prone, standing or even walking, as long as the posture is symmetrical and the body is relaxed. For the therapeutic benefits, mushti mudra should be practiced three times a day for 15 minutes. Practicing mushti mudra following a meal is believed to activate energy in the stomach and liver, thereby aiding digestion.

It is also thought to have the following benefits:

  • Relieves negative emotions such as anger, fear and frustration
  • Eases constipation
  • Releases tension in the body
  • Clears the mind of worry and unwanted thoughts
  • Lowers blood pressure

Fists are generally seen as a sign of aggression and one that forms naturally during times of extreme emotion, but the mudra is believed to release such emotions because they are balanced in the palm of the hands. The mudra, paired with yogic meditation, is a great stress-reducer.

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