Yoni Mudra (attitude of the womb or source) is a hasta (hand mudras) mentioned in the book ‘Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha’ by Swami Satyananda Swami.
How to do Yoni Mudra
- Assume a comfortable meditation posture with the head and spine straight.
- Place the palms of the hands together with the fingers and thumbs straight and pointing away from the body. Keeping the pads of the index fingers together, turn the little, ring and middle fingers inwards so that the backs of the fingers are touching.
- Interlock the little, ring and middle fingers.
- Bring the thumbs towards the body and join the pads of the fingers together to form the base of a yoni or womb shape.
Yoni Mudra Benefits
Yoni Mudra benefits include the following
- The interlocking of the fingers in this practice creates a complete cross-connection of energies from the right hand into the left and vice versa.
- It helps balance the energies in the body, balance the activities of the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
- Placing the tips of the index fingers and thumbs together further intensifies the flow of prana.
- Yoni mudra makes the body and mind more stable in meditation and develops greater concentration, awareness and internal physical relaxation.
- It redirects prana back into the body which would otherwise be dispersed through the hands and fingers. The elbows naturally tend to point to the side when performing this mudra which helps open up the chest area.
Yoni mudra may also be performed by interlocking the middle, ring and little fingers without turning them inward. The thumbs may be crossed in front of the outstretched index fingers, or outstretched with the pads touching towards the body.
Note for Yoga Practitioners
The word yoni means ‘womb’ or ‘source’. Yoni mudra invokes the primal energy inherent in the womb or source of creation.