It’s Day 18 of our 21 Day Yoga Challenge. Try this super effective mudra for increasing your concentration and improving your memory. You’ll often see people naturally (unconsciously) form this mudra for concentration.
The hakini hasta mudra is a very effective gesture to help one concentrate. It is the perfect tool to help you remember a name or thought. This mudra activates the 6th chakra at your forehead (third eye). It balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain and in particular, opens the right hemisphere where memory is stored.
How to form the mudra:
The fingertips and tips of the thumbs touch. The hands are open and fingers spread apart. This mudra can be practiced at any time and for any length of time. Often just forming this gesture for a few seconds will allow you to access the thought or the word that you are searching for. To make this mudra even more powerful, engage the mudra and then cast your eyes upward and place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
About Hasta Mudras
A hasta mudra is a gesture or positioning of the hands to channel and direct energy in the body. Mudras come from the over three thousand year old tradition of yoga originating in India. Hasta means “hand” in Sanskrit and “mudra” comes from the Sanskrit word “mud”, meaning to delight. A mudra is a seal as in sealing your connection with the Divine or sealing energy in the body. There are many forms of mudras, such as with the eyes and the tongue.
Yoga is a spiritual practice and offers practical healing applications that benefit even those who aren’t spiritually oriented. Hasta mudras work in a way that can be compared to acupuncture or reflexology. By activating parts of the hand, a hasta mudra opens up channels of energy and sends messages to the brain.
Try the hakini mudra above during your daily meditation today. If you are sensitive energetically, you may receive immediate results. But if the benefit doesn’t come quickly, be patient and consistent in your practice. Keep in mind though that while hasta mudras can offer great healing, no mudra is a substitute for medication or medical attention.
Since hasta mudras work to change the energy in the body and spirit, it’s best if you incorporate conscious breathing with your practice. Breathe full and free on the inhale and exhale the breath out completely. Find a rhythm with the breath. Try to make the inhale and exhale the same length.
It also helps to set a positive intention as you form a hasta mudra and concentrate on this intention during the practice.
Mudras can be held for various lengths of time. You may find that today’s mudra may only need to be held for 30 seconds until you feel refreshed or try holding the mudra throughout your meditation. There are no set rules. Let your intuition guide you. Have fun and explore!