You may be wondering why I sign off posts and messages with this emoji ????, why I have pictures of me giving the ‘A-ok’ sign, and what the Sunbird Yoga logo is all about…
It is the Ahamkara Mudra.
This mudra brings a sense of peace and confidence and helps you to overcome your fears and doubts. It can help to regain your self-confidence and your ability to stand up for yourself.
The ahamkara mudra stimulates the Manipura chakra (the solar plexus, located in your abdomen above your belly button). Your solar plexus is the energy centre responsible for your self- confidence, self-esteem and personal power.
I was drawn to using this mudra as a symbol for my teaching because what I hope my students find through their yoga practice is a rediscovery of self-worth and self-confidence. To be non-judgemental and feel at peace with whoever they find on the mat. The practice of yoga has certainly done this for me.
Using Ahamkara Mudra
To form ahamkara mudra bend your index finger slightly. Place your thumb on the end of the index finger and exert a slight pressure. Keep the middle, ring and small fingers stretched out. Try holding it for 10 minutes each day while sitting mindfully or mediating.
What is a mudra?
Mudras are gentle placements of the hands and fingers that can stimulate healing and emotional well-being.
The theory behind mudras is that each finger represents one of the Universal elements – the thumb represents Fire, the index finger Air, the middle finger Space, the ring finger Earth and the pinky finger represents Water.
It is believed that when the body is out of balance, placing the hands into the appropriate mudras can help restore the equilibrium to the elements and therefore evoke healing. I can recommend this article from Yoga Journal if you would like to read more about using mudras in your yoga practice and meditation.
If you use mudras in your practice and would like to share your experiences, I would love to hear about them in the comments below.