Definition - What does Brahma Mudra mean?
Brahma mudra is a hand gesture used in both yoga asana, meditation and pranayama practice that is valued for both its symbolic and healing qualities. Brahma is the name of the Hindu creator god and in Sanskrit is translated as “divine,” “sacred” or “Supreme Spirit.” Mudra means “gesture” or “seal.”
Brahma mudra is usually practiced in a comfortable seated position, such as vajrasana or padmasana. Both hands form fists with the fingers wrapped around the thumbs, the palms facing skyward and both hands pressed together at the knuckles. The hands then gently rest against the pubic bone.
Yogapedia explains Brahma Mudra
Sometimes called "the gesture of all-pervading consciousness,” Brahma mudra helps promote a complete breath during pranayama. Because this mudra – and mudras in general – is believed to affect the flow of life force energy (prana) throughout the body, it calms the mind and energizes the body. Brahma mudra is also believed to have these benefits:
- Improves focus
- Releases negative energy
- Removes toxins
- Helps the yogi reach a higher meditative state
Yogis who are kapha dosha dominant should limit how long they practice Brahma mudra.