Mudra for Kindness: Padma Mudra

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Mudra for Kindness: Padma Mudra

In our pursuit, or perhaps recognition of Kindness, we are looking, or inviting it in all forms. One way that in yoga we work to channel our energy is through the use a Mudra. In Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the foundation texts of yoga, Mudras are one of the ways to split open the kundalini energy channels to clear the way for prana. 

Though traditionally there are a number of ways to bring the body into Mudras, the current understanding and study of Mudras tends to trend towards the energy locks completed with the hands. 

It is such a kindness to spend time observing and conserving our own energy. Courtney and I were discussing the upcoming Caregiver’s Yoga, and there is a common phrase in the caregiving world which is “It is hard to pour from an empty cup,” relating to how challenging it can be to give to others when we ourselves are depleted. 

Padma or Lotus Mudra is made by bringing the thumbs and pinky fingers together, palms facing one another, though not touching. Allow the fingers to fan their way open, so they resemble the blossoming petals of the lotus flower. Padma Mudra is used most often in seated postures and connected with deepening of the breath. 

Benefits of Padma/Lotus Mudra:

  • Aids in opening the heart center
  • Builds connection to the Anahata Chakra
  • Purifies the body
  • Relaxes and stabilizes the mind. 
  • Creates a more loving attitude towards others. 

Let’s focus on that last element for a few breaths in this coming week, as it may help us develop a bit more kindness and caring.