Mudras are symbolic, ritualistic gestures used in yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. They are believed to affect the flow of prana in the body and unblock chakras. The lotus mudra opens the anahata (heart) chakra.
By activating the heart chakra, lotus mudra opens the yogi to joy, love and compassion. The mudra is used during meditation and asana practice. Lotus mudra is commonly done during seated asanas such as padmasana (lotus pose), virasana (hero pose), sukhasana (easy pose) and tadasana (mountain pose).
The benefits of lotus mudra include:
- Purifies the body
- Relaxes and stabilizes the mind
- Treats ulcers and fevers
- Creates a more loving attitude toward others