Shankha Mudra

Directions

  • Sit comfortably.
  • Place the left thumb in the palm of your right hand.
  • Wrap the fingers of your right hand lightly around your left thumb.
  • The four fingers of your left hand are together and pointing upwards, they go loosely around the fingers of the right hand.
  • The pad of the right hand thumb touches the pad of the left middle finger. Together, the hands make the shape of a conch shell – the word Shankha means Conch.
  • Rest the hands against the centre of the chest, or loose in your lap.

Close the eyes and be present with the mudra.
Be aware of the hands, the body, the breathing, the mind … be open to anything at all that you experience.

Benefits

  • This is a nurturing mudra, useful at times when we need to look after ourselves.
  • It is a ‘cooling’ mudra, for the digestive system but also for times when mind or emotions are overheated.
  • It creates space and is particularly useful when the mind is busy, or when we need a bit of time & space to process things.

from Resources, posted October 2018

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