Definition - What does Pushpaputa Mudra mean?
Pushpaputa mudra is one of the 24 samyukta hastas, which refer to the joint-hand gestures. Pushpaputa is a Sanskrit term which means "handful of flowers" and refers to the offering of flowers to God in this mudra.
To perform the mudra, join both hands by bringing the little fingers together. The palms should be facing upwards and should be slightly hollow.
Yogapedia explains Pushpaputa Mudra
A variation of performing pushpaputa mudra is to keep the palms open on one's thighs, with the thumbs at the outer edge. Unlike the version mentioned above, the palms of the hands do not connect with each other, but the tips of the fingers of one hand remain pointed toward the other, resembling the shape of a bowl.
Pushpaputa mudra symbolizes openness of mind and soul. The mudra is a gesture of offering with open heart and of acceptance. Practicing the mudra makes one receptive and accepting with gratitude what the universe has to offer.
Pushpaputa mudra can be practiced while meditating. Some of the benefits of the mudra include:
- Promotes compassion toward others
- Opens up the mind to be receptive of blessings of the universe
- Promotes inner spaciousness
- Helps to overcome fear
- Relieves negative feelings and promotes positive attitude
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