Definition - What does Ganesha Mudra mean?
Ganesha mudra is a yogic hand gesture, which helps the practitioner to connect to and awaken the energy within. The term is so named after the Hindu god Ganesh, who is considered the remover of obstacles. As such, practicing the Ganesha mudra is said to bring about self-confidence and the courage to overcome anything that is holding one back.
Ganesha mudra is practiced by placing the left hand in front of the chest, palm out, and grasping the left hand with the right hand. The hands stay at the level of the heart as they are energetically pulled apart without releasing the grip.
Yogapedia explains Ganesha Mudra
Ganesh, as well as being the “remover of obstacles” is said to sometimes place obstacles in one's path so that he/she can gain strength by overcoming them. The Ganesha mudra, therefore, is considered energetically and physically strengthening for the heart.
It is said that for maximum benefits, Ganesha mudra should be practiced daily up to five or six times, while focusing on Ganesh and the symbolism of this mudra. It might be particularly useful when one is tired or troubled. It can be performed as part of a meditation or pranayama practice.
Ganesha mudra is also associated with the element of fire. As such, it is said to help stimulate the metabolism and digestion. It is linked to the anahata chakra and is considered a heart-opening practice. Some say that they experience strong feelings of warmth and brightness in the heart area when practicing this mudra. This can be very good for those suffering from heartache, depression or feelings of heaviness and sadness. It is said to bring the courage to approach life with an open heart.Physically, Ganesha mudra is also good for strengthening the muscles of the arms, chest and shoulders. It is said to release tension in these areas and even to open the bronchial tubes and lungs.