Bring the hands together, place the palms gently against one another in front of the anahata (heart) chakra or in front of the “third eye” (the center of the forehead between your eyes), bow, and say “Namaste. Make sure the fingers point upward. The spine is lengthened while sitting comfortably straight. Say “Namaste” in a respectful greeting.
Namaste’s literal translation in Sanskrit is “Nama” (to bow), “As” (I), and “Te” (you). Put it all together, and it means “I bow to you,”
Practicing namaste or Anjali mudra promotes flexibility in the wrists and arm joints. It also stimulates the anahata chakra.
The mental health benefits of this mudra include:
- Improved focus during meditation
- Mindfulness and inner awareness
- Stress Relief
- Connects the brain’s right and left hemisphere.
Saying Namaste and reflecting on its meaning also helps you learn a little about yourself—what your heart wants, what you really feel, and what direction you want to take in life.
By saying Namaste, you take a moment to look the person in the eye and really be conscious to see the person past the physical being. Also, by joining both hands and tips of all fingers together activates the pressure points in the ears, eyes and the part of the mind that’s associated with memory.