Welcome to Mudra Monday!
We are going to start this journey with the hasta mudras. Hasta means “hand.” These mudras cover the 5 chakras and culminates with the integration of the whole body. For each mudra we will cover the hand gesture, the corresponding element, chakra and the core quality.
The Kanishtha mudra is associated with the root chakra which is in sync with the core quality of connection to the earth. It means lowest or youngest and is referring to the little or pinky finger. This mudra is helpful in many areas:
Supporting regular bowel movements
The health of the skeletal system
Increasing our sense of embodiment and connection to the earth
Extending the length of the exhalation which activates our relaxation response
Improves our sense of security and grounding
Cultivates tranquility and comfort
How do I practice the Kanishtha Mudra?
Hold your palms just below your breast bone and above your belly button
Curl your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers back into your palm
Gently lay your thumbs on your folder index (pointer) finger
Bring your little fingers to touch at the tip
Relax your shoulders back and down.
Allow your elbows to be away from your body pointing toward the sides
Take several natural breaths
I am grounded. I am secure. The energy of the earth supports me.
For a short guided mindful moment with Kanishtha mudra, listen here: Kanishtha
I suggest that you practice the kanishtha mudra at least 2-3 times a day for at least one minute. As time permits you can increase the time up to five minutes. Share your experience throughout the week using the hashtag #MudraMonday and #MindsetStrategist on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Page, J. L., & Page, L. L. (2014). Mudras for Healing and Transformation (2nd ed.). Integrative Yoga Therapy.