‘Gesture of the Goddess Hakini’
Hakini is the Hindu goddess who presides over ‘Ajna’, our 3rd eye, the chakra of inner wisdom and clarity that encourages a greater awareness for mind and body. The mudra helps with the integration of all areas of the body and its key function is to support Dirgha Pranayama, ‘Full Yogic Breathing’.
Some of you may remember that I presented Purna Svara Mudra recently, which shares a similar intent and purpose, but can be a difficult gesture to hold; Hakini makes a perfect substitute in this instance.
Hakini Mudra brings balance and harmony to all levels of our being, from the physical to the energetic; enhancing circulation to support the functioning of our systems, cultivating equilibrium within the subtle body (our vayus and first 6 chakras)… on a spiritual level, the gesture directs our awareness to the 3rd eye, nurturing a sense of wholeness and greater connection with the subconscious mind.
1. Place arms by the sides of the lower ribs with palms facing one another in a seated position.
2. Touch the tips of all fingers and thumbs together gently, creating a spherical shape with the hands.
3. Shoulders are relaxed, elbows slightly away from body and spine is naturally aligned, keeping a lightness all throughout the arms and palms.
4. With mouth close, lightly press tongue to roof of the mouth, just behind the top set of teeth and breathe through the nose.
5. Observe the movement of your breath –
Inhale > breath rises from navel to sternum, so belly, ribs and chest expands
Exhale > breath descends from sternum to navel so belly, ribs and chest contracts
Gradually as you breath, begin to feel the entire body expanding/contracting with your inhale/exhale, giving you a sense of calm and wholeness.
Note: Mudra can also be used when lying down on the back.
*A shorter version of this post appears on my IG.
Hongyi the yogi
Full-time yoga teacher & trainee yoga therapist in London. Eager to share, eager to learn!