Mudras: Ganesha Mudra

There are so many beautiful and healing mudras we can incorporate into our yoga, pranayama and meditation practices. Mudras channel our Prana, the vital life force energy in our bodies.

Today, the spotlight is on the Ganesha Mudra, the mudra of removing obstacles. Named after the Hindu elephant God, Ganesha, adding this mudra to our practice helps to invoke his power of removing obstacles and give us confidence and courage to overcome anything that may be holding us back.

To practice Ganesha Mudra, place your palms together at heart-center. With your palms together, swivel each hand so your fingertips point toward the opposite elbow keeping your right palm facing your body. Slide the hands back until the fingers lock together and the hands grasp one another. Both thumbs rest on top of the opposite hand. Chanting (aloud or silently) a Ganesh mantra, such as “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha,” can strengthen the power of this mudra. Below is a beautiful example by Edo & Jo.

The Ganesha mudra has many healing benefits to the mind and body. It relieves stress and tension in the body, helps us approach life with an open heart (stimulates our anahata or heart chakra), cultivates a sense of inner-power, helps strengthen the muscles of the shoulders, arms and chest, boosts self-esteem and confidence and may be helpful for depression, sadness and heartache.

So, find a comfortable and quiet place to sit. Place your hands at Namaskar (heart-center) and find your Ganesha Mudra. Practice this multiple times a week and feel your heart open and confidence to tackle anything that may come your way.

See you on the mat!


Published by yogacultstl

I am a Yoga Trapeze and Vinyasa Yoga instructor. Both of these practices offer amazing benefits to our minds, bodies and spirits. Through pranayama (breath techniques), asanas (postures) and meditation, I offer unique classes based upon the needs and wants to each student. Vinyasa is the style of mat-based yoga I teach. It is fairly fast-paced and focuses on one-breath-per-movement flow. We start slow in our warm-up, add heat to the body with our sun salutations, warrior dance and peaks. We cool down with floor poses and end in our beloved Savasana (corpse pose). Yoga Trapeze is the inversion style of yoga that I teach. It is a fantastic upper-body workout, varies in intensity and is very therapeutic. As a teacher of both vinyasa yoga and yoga trapeze, I offer a wide-range of yoga experiences for my students. At times, I will incorporate some vinyasa flow into my yoga trapeze classes, which is a lot of fun. I focus on balance, strength-training and flexibility training and breath to increase my students awareness of their bodies and bring them into the present moment to get the most out of their sessions. I love to have fun and good energy in my classes and work within the limitations of each unique student, while at the same time, pushing the students to their edge. My motto is practice makes progress.

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