Benefits and Steps of Ganesha Mudra

Ganesha, the elephant god, is one of the most popular deities of Hindu mythology. He is supposed to help remove all obstacles from your path.

The Ganesh Mudra is named after him because performing this Mudra is said to help lift your spirits and give you the will to persevere when you are feeling down.

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Steps:

  1. Sit down comfortably on a chair or on a yoga mat in the Lotus Pose (Padma Asana).
  2. Bring both hands in front of your chest with your elbows bent.
  3. Position the left hand with the palm facing outwards in such a way that your thumb points towards your solar plexus and your little finger points towards your collar bone.
  4. Form a claw by bending the four fingers of your left hand and clasp them with the four fingers of your right hand. In this position, your right palm should be facing towards your chest.
  5. Inhale deeply. On the exhale, try to pull both arms apart while keeping all eight fingers locked. Feel the stretch along your shoulders and chest.

  6. Inhale once more and relax your arms while maintaining the Ganesh Mudra lock.
  7. Repeat this process six times.
  8. Interchange your hands, with your right palm facing outwards and the left palm facing inwards and repeat this process.
  9. Release all tension from the arms and bring them close to your chest so that your hands are touching your sternum. Sit in this position for as long as you like and focus on your breath.

Benefits:

  • The benefits of the Ganesha Mudra extend to the cardiac muscles, the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and arms.
  • It also helps to release any pent up tension from the shoulders and chest.
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