Mudras for Your Chakras
I know you might be asking what a mudra is and how it can help balance my chakras? Mudra is an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “Gesture”. Yep that's right a simple hand gesture can be used to balance and activate your chakras during meditation. Most of the time you might notice that certain gestures are used during yoga sessions to cultivate a greater sense of awareness to certain energetic fields within the body. There are hundreds of mudras, each with its own unique symbolism and placement of palms and fingertips. For now we are going to activate the mudras for your chakras.
The Muladhara Mudra represents the root chakra, which is responsible for us to feel grounded. The mantra for the muladhara mudra is LAM. To activate the muladhara mudra, by bringing your palms together in a prayer at your heart, then interlace the pinky and ring fingers so they fold inside of the palms. Extend the middle fingers so tips touch and then interlace the thumbs and index fingers so they form rings around each other, with the fingertips touching.
The Shakti Mudra represents the sacral chakra, which is responsible for harnessing seaxuality and sensuality. The mantra for the shakti is VAM. To activate the shakti mudra you must, with your palms in front of your chest, press your pinky and ring fingertips together. Fold your thumbs into your palms, inside of your index and middle finger. Then press the knuckles of these two fingers together or keep them seperate.
The Rudra Mudra represents the solar plexus chakra, which is responsible for our self-confidence. The mantra for the rudra mudra is RAM. To activate the rudra mudra, place your palms face-up on your thighs. Touch the tips of the thumbs, index fingers, and ring fingers together, straightening through the pinky and middle fingers.
The Padma Mudra represents the heart chakra, which is responsible for love and possibilities. The mantra for the padma mudra is YAM. To activate the padma mudra, with your palms at your heart, touch the outer edges of both pinky fingers and thumbs together. Keep the heels of the palms pressed together as you blossom open through your hands. Extend through the tips of all 10 fingers.
The Granthita Mudra represents the throat chakra, which helps clear the way of your authentic self. The mantra for the granthita mudra is HAM. To activate the granthita mudra, interlace your last three fingers(middle, ring, and pinky) together inside of your hands. Interlock the index fingertips and thumbs to form two rings, and hold this mudra in front of the base of your throat.
The Great Head Mudra represents the third- eye chakra, which helps us to tap into the wisdom power of your intuition. The mantra for the great head mudra is AUM. To activate the great head mudra, take your right hand just in front of the space between your eyebrows and curl the ring finger into your palm. Bring the tips of the thumb, middle finger, and index finger to touch, and keep the pinky finger extended long. Place the tips of the three fingers that are touching to your third-eye focal point. The left hand can remain on top of the left thigh, palm face-up.
The Mudra of A Thousand Petals represents the crown chakra, which opens the gateway to universal consciousness, divinity, and transcendence. The mantra for the mudra of a thousand petals is Silence. To activate the mudra of a thousand petals, place the tips of your index fingers and thumbs together to touch, forming a pyramid shape. Allow the remaining fingers to extend upward, keeping them straight. Raise this mudra to about 6 to 7 inches above the crown of your head.
There are no right or wrong ways to do mudras, enjoy them as a tool to help you cultivate higher awareness. Follow the guide above to get a visual for the hand placements, activate them at your own comfort level. Remember it's your journey so do it your way!