Ganesha Mudra, also known as Vighnavinashaka mudra removes blocks to our energy. Our energy needs a nice circulation in the body and mind. When the energy flows well we are able to perform the activities, we want and achieve our goals. To remove these blocks, we need divine intervention. The divine intervention and blessings of Lord Ganesha ensure that all the blockages are removed. This mudra is used to make a prayer before we start any activity or take a vow. It is used to reflect on the self and heal the body and mind and achieve success with intelligence.
In this article, we provide a deep look at how to perform the Ganesha Mudra, as well as its numerous benefits and important precautions.
What are Mudras?
Mudras are hand gestures that activate a certain element or energy in the body. The five fingers represent the five elements. The energy activation point lies on the fingertips. When the fingertips are connected, the subtle energy in your body gets activated. The thumb represents the fire element. This element represents agni within the body, and it serves to activate all the other elements.
The index finger represents air, middle finger ether, ring finger earth and the little finger represents the water element.
When different hand formations, or mudras, are formed, the combination of subtle elements has a powerful effect on the mind and body.
How Can Mudras Heal?
There is a spiritual force that mediates our mind-body connection. Ayurveda says that when the elements in our body are balanced, our bodies and minds are healthy. Whenever imbalance arises, we can attain balance by activating specific elements using various mudras. Acupuncture is another method that involves activating specific points in the body and improving the flow of energy. Mudras act in a similar way. The tips of our fingers act like electrical potential points, and when the mudras are formed, they create an electrical circuit that circulates energy throughout the body. As this energy circulates, we feel a healing effect. The most astonishing fact is that our brain uses about 60% of its surface area to process the movements and sensations of the hands.
RECOMMENDED: For a complete guide to the many mudras and their benefits, check out Healing Mudras: Yoga of the Hands by Yogi Nataraj.
How to Perform the Ganesha Mudra?
Bring both hands near the chest. Bend your fingers and form a “U” with all fingers. Now slide your hands into each other so that the fingers lock into each other. Hold them not too tight or loose. Hold them comfortably. Meditate on Lord Ganesha and pray for removal of all blocks on your path to healing and success.
When Should I Perform the Ganesha Mudra?
The Ganesha mudra is useful for:
- Improving concentration
- Meditation practices
- Removes energy Blocks
- Use this mudra to make a vow
- Finding clarity in your thoughts
- Awakens intelligence
- Clears the pathway for the mind
- Nadis or nerve blockages are removed
This mudra is meant to heal and strengthen the mind. While practicing calm yourself and strengthen the mind. The way we concentrate the mind itself the first step in clearing the energy blocks begins. Concentration of mind is the first step to success. This mudra when done with full devotion can balance the energy in the body so that we can achieve our goal.
Precautions When Practicing Ganesha Mudra
Anyone can perform this mudra, this mudra removes energy blocks and can be done by anyone.
What Chakras Does Ganesha Mudra Activate?
This mudra activates the heart chakra from where all healing takes place. Heart is where our purpose is ascertained and our intelligence is awakened.
Rudra Mudra is done in conjunction with Ganesha Mudra. Rudra is Lord Shiva , the father of Ganesha. So by performing Ganesha mudra followed by Rudra mudra removes blockages and powers up the intelligence.
Related Yoga Poses
Padmasana (The Lotus pose) and Anjaneyasana (Hanuman Pose) give us similar effects.
List of Mudra Guides
Mudras are very beneficial when performed with proper understanding. Mudras deal with individual elements, combinations of elements, the vital airs, the vital functions and even moods and feelings. Regular practice of each mudra based on our needs and present condition can help us achieve the specific results we are looking for. Please explore our various mudra guides and try out the practices that suit your needs
- Mudras for the Root Chakra
- Mudras for the Sacral Chakra
- Mudras for the Navel Chakra
- Mudras for the Heart Chakra
- Mudras for the Throat Chakra
- Mudras for the Third-eye Chakra
- Mudras for the Crown Chakra
Individual Mudra Guides
- Abhaya Mudra
- Adi Mudra
- Agni Mudra
- Akasha Mudra
- Anjali Mudra
- Apana Vayu Mudra
- Bhumisparsha Mudra
- Brahma Mudra
- Dharmachakra Mudra
- Dhyan Mudra
- Gyan Mudra
- Kundalini Mudra
- Lotus Mudra
- Musti Mudra
- Prana Mudra
- Prithvi Mudra
- Rudra Mudra
- Shakti Mudra
- Shankha Mudra
- Shunya Mudra
- Surya Mudra
- Udana Vayu Mudra
- Varada Mudra
- Vayu Mudra
- Vitarka Mudra
- Yoni Mudra