Ganesha Mudra: Meaning, Benefits, and How to Do

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Ganesha Mudra is a powerful gesture that can have profound positive effects on your mind and body. Step-by-step instructions on meaning and how to do this Mudra.

Definition – What is Ganesha Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?

Ganesh is also known as the elephant God. Ganesha is a deity or supreme being who overcame all obstacles. This is why he is worshipped at the start of auspicious events and before any other God.

Ganesha Mudra is a yoga practice involving all five elements or ten fingers. This Mudra shows where the heart and hands meet when both hands are held at chest level. These strengthen the heart both emotionally and physically. Ganesha Mudra is a way to bring together your hands.

Security and a sense of safety.

Comfort and reassurance for the heart.

It stimulates compassion, love, and courage, giving you a warm feeling of joy.

Ganesha Mudra is a way to find strength and courage within us to solve any problem. Lord Ganesha is also known as Vighnaharta. “Vighna denotes ‘Problem,’ and “Harta means ‘Destroyer or Remover.’ 

How to Do Ganesha Mudra?

  • Bring your palms in Anjali Mudra or Namaste. Next, swivel your palms so that the right hand is facing you. Point your fingertips towards the opposite elbows.
  • Place your hands at the level of your heart, just in front of your chest. This is Ganesha Mudra. Slide your hands together until you feel your fingers locking. You can also say, “I am happy and full of life,” while you hold your hands in the Ganesha Mudra clasp position.
  • Inhale and gently pull your hands apart while exhaling. This will tighten the muscles in your chest and upper arms. You can exhale and think, “I have a healthy body.” “I am full of energy.”
  • Inhale and let go of any tension. “I am love.”
  • Repeat seven times, then gently place your hands on your sternum.
  • Pay attention to the sensations in this area of your body. Next, move your hand so that your right palm faces inward.  After that, you can remain silent for a while. You can repeat the exercise seven times.
  • You can also chant the mantra in a Ganesha Mudra.
  • Ganesha Mantra is the best mantra to center your thoughts. Chanting can also be used to give power to the throat Chakra.
  • In addition, you can chant “Om Gan Ganapataye Namah every time you hold the Mudra.
  • “Ganapataye,” another name for “Lord Ganesha” and “Namah” means “I bow down before you in gratitude.”

Ganesha Mudra Benefits

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  • It improves Neck Pain. Regular practice of this position can significantly improve neck pain and spondylitis.
  • Increases strength in the upper body. You feel the stretching of your upper body, arms, neck, and shoulders which gives strength to your arms and back. When practicing Ganesha Mudra, you will pull your hands in the opposite direction and maintain a good neck posture.
  • Increased capacity of the chest and lungs, this Mudra clears toxins from the chest and lungs.
  • Ganesha Mudra is a great way to help asthmatic patients get better. Ganesha Mudra should be practiced daily by people who have asthma.
  • Anahata Chakra or Strengthening the Heart Chakra.
  • Ganesha Mudra improves self-confidence and mental health. This Mudra, which is always joyful, Lord Ganesha, brings inner joy and harmony to the body and heart.

Ganesha Mudra Precautions and Contraindications

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Although there are no contraindications, however, a few things can be considered to improve your practice:

  • You should pull your fingers vigorously so that your nails don’t hurt.
  • Make sure to keep your spinal health in mind when choosing a posture.
  • Sometimes the hand may hurt because it is in this position. However, with practice, the tiredness can be overcome.
  • Don’t strain your neck by moving your head forward.

What time and when to do Ganesha Mudra?

  • You can practice this Mudra to activate your Heart Chakra or Anahata Chakra.
  • This Mudra helps to increase lung capacity, which is very beneficial for those with lung-related conditions.

You can do Ganesha Mudra as soon as you wake up. This practice can be done once per day.  You can practice Ganesha Mudra even in the evenings or at night before you go to bed. Start with 2 minutes, and gradually increase your time to 20 minutes. You can extend the time by up to 45 minutes later.

Breathing in Ganesha Mudra

Inhale to tighten your finger grip. Exhale to loosen it. This is repeated seven times. After that, you can relax in Ganesha Mudra and let your breath flow rhythmically, slowly, deeply, and rhythmically for a while.

Visualization in Ganesha Mudra

Imagine the color red or any other tone in your heart. For a few moments, focus all your senses on the color red. Red should warm, strengthen, and open your heart. It will give you. The courage to be confident and open.

The Law of Attraction will work for you. This will help attract positivity and remove obstacles. It can be helpful to imagine Lord Ganesha smiling as you do this Mudra

Affirmation in Ganesha Mudra

I am open to meeting courageous, open-minded, and confident people.”

I am the inner consciousness. I identify with the universal life force within. It is all that matters.”

Conclusion

The Ganesha Mudra is a great Mudra to practice if you want more focus, concentration, and stability. The benefits of the Ganesha Mudra include improved mental clarity and cognitive function, increased feelings of well-being and calm, and increased physical strength and stamina. If you’re interested in learning more about Mudras and how to use them effectively, check out our Mudras Certification Course. This course will teach you all 108 Mudras, their benefits, and how to use them correctly.

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Divyansh Sharma
Divyansh is Yoga, Meditation & Kinesiology Teacher who has been practicing Yoga and Meditation Since 2011. The Idea of correlating Yoga with Modern Sciences fascinates him the most & to feed his curiosity, he keeps on exploring new things every day. He has accomplished a Master's in Yogic Sciences, E-RYT-200, and RYT-500.

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