Life can be tough and challenging. You want to make sure you use every resource available to you to thrive. In this article we are going to look at the yogic hand seal, Hridaya Mudra.
What is the Hridaya Mudra
Hridaya mudra means Fearless Heart seal in Sanskrit.
This heart mudra empowers you to have the courage to follow your heart. You can use it in difficult times to connect with your hearts truth. The ancients believed it nourishes your whole body with heart energy.
It is also called the Courageous Heart Mudra.
How to Do the Hridaya Mudra
You do not need equipment, the fearless heart mudra is simple to practice. You can practice it daily, or whenever you need to calm your emotions and strengthen your heart.
Follow these easy steps…
1. Sit comfortably in a cross-legged position.
You can you the Sukhasana (Easy Pose) or Padmasana (Lotus Pose).
Sit with your back straight and relax your shoulders. If you have mobility issues or rather prefer it, you can also sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
2. Starting with the Right Hand:
a. Extend your fingers.
b. Bring your index finger to the root of your thumb so it touches the base of your thumb.
c. Join the tips of your middle and ring fingers to the tip of your thumb.
d. Keep the little finger stretched out.
3. Left Hand:
Repeat the same gesture as your right hand.
4. Resting the Hands:
Place both hands on your lap with the palms facing up.
5. Breathing and Focus:
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Focus on your heart and imagine it is filled with peace and love.
Hold the mudra for 15 minutes, or for as long as you feel comfortable.
To conclude the practice, slowly open your eyes, release the mudra, and shake out your hands gently.
Benefits of Hridaya Mudra
- Clears blockages and allows prana to flow and opens your energy centres. Revitalizing your vital life force.
- Calms strong emotions and balances your feelings. Providing you with reassurance. See also Mudra for protection.
- The hiaduyra mudra gives clarity to make better decisions
- Enhances connection to ourselves and others.
- Nourishes entire body via the heart
- Summons courage. So is known as the mudra for courage or fearless mudra.
- Connects you to your heart’s truth
- Calms scattered energy
The Fingers and The Elements According Ayurveda
Thumb: Represents the fire element (Agni).
Index finger: Represents the air element (Vayu).
Middle finger: Represents the space or ether element (Akasha).
Ring finger: Represents the earth element (Prithvi).
Little finger: Represents the water element (Jala).
Here’s how these elements relate to the Hridaya Mudra…
The index finger touching the base of the thumb brings the qualities of the air element in harmony with the fire element.
In Ayurveda and yoga, balancing air and fire is believed to aid in regulating and strengthening the heart and its functions.
The middle and ring fingers touching the tip of the thumb unites the space and earth elements with fire. This combination helps in emotional balance and grounding.
Please Note: These interpretations are from ancient yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy. Modern medicine has not substantiated these claims. Which does not make them wrong, however you should keep this in mind when practicing the mudra.
If you have health issues, see a health professional before making any changes to your medication or before relying this mudra soley.
It does not have side effects, but you do not want to use it exclusively if you have serious issues to deal with.
Other Heart Mudras
Here are some more mudras for heart energy…
- Lotus Mudra – The lotus mudra symbolizes purity of the heart.
- Anjali Mudra – This mudra for heart energy is also known as the prayer Mudra. It gives us a sense of gratitude.
- Apan Vayu Mudra – Used to promote heart health.
The Hridaya Mudra is a hand seal you can use to cultivate courage and connect with your hearts truth.
Among it’s benefits it summons courage, clears blockages for energy to flow, calms strong emotions and brings clarity so you can make better decisions.
Use this mudra when you are going through a difficult time and want to act from the clarity of your heart wisdom. You can also use it when you feel disconnected from yourself or others.
According to ancient yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy the fingers represent different elements of existence. And by touching our fingers in a particular order and placing them on the hand it affects our emotions and well being.
You can practice Hridaya mudra as part of your mediation practice, when you feel you need to connect with your heart wisdom and you can also using with certain poses, like the warrior I pose.