Sankalpa Mudra: Meaning, Benefits, and How to Do

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Discover the meaning and benefits of Sankalpa mudra. Practice this ancient yogic technique to achieve peace of mind and a positive attitude.

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

Sankalpa Mudra is one of the Hasta Mudras or Hand gestures or seals. Let us break “Sankalpa Mudra” into two different words to understand its meaning.

Sankalpa: “Sankalpa” is a Sanskrit word that means determination, intention, or resolution.

Mudra: “Mudra,” as we all know, is also a Sanskrit word representing “gesture, seal, or lock.”

By this, we can understand that Sankalpa Mudra can also be known as “The Gesture of Determination” or “The Gesture of Manifestation.”

It is believed that practicing this Mudra helps to manifest your goals. If you are determined to achieve something in your life, practicing this Mudra can accelerate the entire process. As the name suggests, it also brings positive intentions toward life and the people around us. With positive intentions come better thoughts, a more positive life, and a positive attitude.

This Mudra practice makes you more efficient at your goal, and you become more innovative. However, it is to be noted that Sankalpa Mudra should be assumed while practicing meditation or manifestation techniques to achieve benefits. We need to focus properly on the goals we want to accomplish in life. However, if you do not have any particular goal in your mind, that’s ok. This Mudra practice can also help to decide your goals. Once you practice it, you will experience a sense of stability and contentment.

Have you ever noticed that people often intentionally or unintentionally practice this Mudra when they want to assure someone about something? Maybe when you visit a store to purchase some goods, the seller tries to convince you while assuming this gesture.

This Mudra is also believed to increase the balance between the right and left brain. It enhances their tuning and functioning. It makes their connection smoother and better.

Alternate Name of Sankalpa Mudra

“The Gesture of Determination” or “The Gesture of Manifestation.”

How to Do Sankalpa Mudra?

  • This Mudra does require you to perform while you are seated in any meditative posture as this Mudra requires more attention, more attention towards the goals that you wish to achieve in your life. You can assume Lotus Pose (Padma Asana) or Auspicious Pose (Swastik Asana).
  • It is believed that to maximize the benefits of this Mudra, you should practice it during meditation. If done right during the meditation practice, then it will help you to manifest your goals.
  • Rest both of your hands comfortably on your knee. Palms facing upward towards the sky.
  • Keep all the fingers and thumbs comfortably extended.
  • Slowly bring your left palm over the right thigh while it remains facing up.
  • Gently place your right palm over your left palm while crossing it over.
  • Hold this position comfortably.
  • Make sure to keep your maximum awareness of the palms and the goals you wish to fulfill.
  • Keep your neck and spine comfortably straight.
  • Gently, completely close your eyes.
  • Practice deep and even breathing.
  • You can perform this Mudra while practicing different forms of meditation and pranayama.

Sankalpa Mudra Benefits

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  • It helps us achieve goals in life, goals that we want to accomplish.
  • It also helps to set up a positive intention toward life and the goals that we want to achieve.
  • It helps to keep us productive and inspired.
  • Sankalpa Mudra makes us more innovative and enhances our brain functioning.
  • This Mudra practice improves the connection between the right and the left brain. Which again helps to improve brain functioning.
  • It helps to find the right goal as well.
  • It releases negative energies from the mind and body.

Sankalpa Mudra Precautions and Contraindications

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Similar to other Hand gestures, it doesn’t have any side effects, but there are a few things that you can keep in consideration:

  • One should always try to keep positive and Satvik goals in mind.
  • Make sure to keep yourself comfortable.
  • Practice it during meditation to gain maximum benefits.
  • Make sure to take plenty of rest and sleep well.

When and How long to do Sankalpa Mudra?

  • This Mudra can be practiced if you want to accelerate the process of achieving your goals.
  • This Mudra can be practiced if you want to stay productive and more innovative at your work.
  • If you want to improve your mind and body functioning.

Morning is the ideal time to do any yoga or Mudra. In the morning, during the daytime, our brain is at its best. So, you are more likely to be able to concentrate easily. Therefore, you should practice this Mudra from 4 am and 6 am to get the most effective outcomes.

If you are having difficulty with this during the morning, you can do this Mudra later in the evening too.

Practicing this Mudra for a minimum of 20-40 minutes daily is recommended. Whether you wish to complete it in one stretch or two threes that last between 10 and 15 minutes, it’s up to you. Based on research, the best way to practice an exercise for at least 20 minutes is to get the best benefits of that particular Mudra.

Breathing in Sankalpa Mudra

There are different types of breathing that we can practice with this Mudra, which starts with:

– You should practice deep and even breaths. This will enable you to have a clear mind.

Visualization in Sankalpa Mudra

Keeping your Sankalpa (determination) in mind, visualize where you see yourself after five years. Visualize what you have achieved these five years.

Affirmation in Sankalpa Mudra

While practicing this, Keep a positive intention. Start with:

I’m determined to take steps to carve my future.”


Sankalpa Mudra is a mudra or hand gesture that can be used for meditation and yoga. This Mudra has many benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, and increasing focus and concentration. If you’re interested in learning more about Sankalpa Mudra and other mudras, we offer a Mudra certification Course that covers 108 different mudras. Sign up today to learn more about how these gestures can improve your life!

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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