Karana Mudra, The Gesture of Banishing: Meaning, Benefits and How to Do

karana mudra

This mudra has a potent influence on the nervous system that helps balance its functions. Learn more about ‘Karana Mudra’ here.

What is Karana Mudra? Its Meaning, References, and Mythology

It is described mostly in Buddhist traditions, as Gautam Buddha is often depicted meditating using Karana Mudra.

This mudra is a way to ward off evil and negativity. According to religious and cultural beliefs, it can help remove mental blocks.

It is also known as the Gesture of Banishing because it can divert or eliminate negative emotions, sickness, and demons.

This simple gesture can be used in meditation or as a part of pranayama (breathing exercises). It will lead to optimism and enlightenment. This gesture can be enhanced by adding mantras such as the Ganesh mantra.

You can also place your hand on the chest to attain Karana Mudra. This will allow you to channel the flow of the life force (prana) into your body. The following Mantra can be used to inhale and exhale:

Inhale: “May positivity fill me.

Exhale: “May there be no negative energy.”

The thumb is pressed against the thumb with the middle finger. This stimulates the body’s fire and ether elements.

How to Do Karana Mudra?

  • You can sit comfortably in Padmasana or Sukhasana or Vajrasana, or cross-legged if you are uncomfortable. To attain Karana Mudra, follow the steps below.
  • Take a few deep breaths and relax completely.
  • Your right hand should be at chest level.
  • It can be placed horizontally or vertically, with the palm facing forward (However, there is a variation where palms can be kept facing inward as well).
  • Your middle and ring fingers should be flexed towards the center of your palm.
  • To hold the thumb inwards, bend your thumb.
  • Straighten your index and little fingers and extend them upward.
  • Place your left hand on your left knee, palm facing upward.
  • Try to be mindful of your body and mind.

Also See: Online Yoga Teacher Training

Benefits of Karana Mudra

karana mudra benefits
  • Karana Mudra is a positive force that fills the heart with joy.
  • It pushes stronger energy forces inwards.
  • This mudra can remove any sickness or health condition.
  • It gives you a feeling of security.
  • It removes all obstacles that the mind creates and brings clarity.
  • It increases the flow of prana subtly.

Precautions and Contraindications in Karana Mudra

karana mudra precautions
  • Remember to be gentle with yourself.
  • Slowly and gradually build your practice.

When and how long to do Karana Mudra?

This Mudra can be practiced to keep your mind steady.

  • It is very beneficial for those who get sick often as it prevents sickness.

This Mudra is best practiced in the morning and evening. They can be held all day. It’s impossible to hold them for long periods. Instead, you can use this gesture with pranayama, asanas, or meditation.

Beginners should practice for no less than 15 minutes and then gradually increase their time to reach 45 minutes.

This Mudra is best practiced in the morning and evening. It can be used in pranayama and meditation.

Breathing in Karana Mudra

  • Diaphragmic breathing is quite suitable to be practiced along with this Mudra.

Visualization in Karana Mudra

Imagine that violet light surrounds you, protecting you from negative thoughts.

Affirmation in Karana Mudra

May all obstacles be removed

May negative energy be overcome


Karana Mudra is a powerful gesture that helps us to connect with our innermost thoughts and feelings. When we perform this mudra, we become more aware of the subtleties in our lives and can better understand and manage our emotions. This mudra has been used for centuries in yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices and can be a valuable tool on your journey to self-discovery. If you’re interested in learning more about the history and benefits of Karana Mudra, check out our 108 different Mudras Certification Course!

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.

Get in Touch

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Contact on WhatsApp