Definition - What does Samyukta Hasta mean?
Samyukta hasta is a form of hasta mudra, or yogic "hand gesture," in which both hands are needed to convey a message or to direct energy. From Sanskrit, the term may be translated to mean “double hand” or “combined hand.” Samyukta hasta mudras are used during the yoga practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation, and are believed to stimulate different areas of the brain. They are also used in classical forms of dancing in India.
An example of a samyukta hasta mudra is the simple praying hands position known as anjali mudra. It is used as a form of greeting, salutation and respect.
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Other examples of samyukta hasta mudras used in yoga include linga, garuda, dhyana and hakini:
In linga mudra, the yogi clasps both hands in front of the body so the left thumb points upward and is encircled by the thumb and index finger of the right hand. This mudra is believed to generate heat in the body, boosting the immune system.
During garuda mudra, the yogi hooks the thumbs of each hand together by crossing the wrists, with the palms facing the chest and the other fingers extended. This mudra is practiced for its balancing and invigorating properties.
In dhyana mudra, the yogi places one hand over the other, with both palms facing skyward and the tips of the thumbs touching. This mudra is used for its calming energy during reflection and meditation.
To perform hakini mudra, the yogi touches all of the fingertips of one hand with the corresponding fingertips of the other hand, with the palms separated and the fingers pointing downward. This mudra is believed to help coordination of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and to promote clear thinking.