Hand clenching (Mushtika Bandhan) is a simple hand gesture or mudra in yoga that involves clenching and releasing the hands repeatedly. This gesture can be practiced in various ways, such as squeezing the hands into fists and then opening them up, or curling the fingers into the palms and then extending them out. Hand clenching is often used as a preparatory or warm-up exercise before a yoga practice or as a way to release tension and stress in the hands and fingers.
|English Name||Hand Clenching|
|Sanskrit Name||Mushtika Bandhan|
|Meaning||The word “Mushtika” means “fist” or “closed hand” and “Bandhana” means “bonding” or “binding”. Therefore, Mushtika Bandhana can be translated as “fist interlock” or “binding of the fists”.|
|Category||Pawanmuktasana series 1|
|Category (English)||Antirheumatic yoga poses|
|Benefits||Warm up and prepare the hands and fingers for a yoga practice.|
How To Do Hand Clenching in Yoga – Mushtika Bandhan
- Sit in a cross-legged pose.
- Hold both arms straight in front of the body at shoulder level.
- Open the hands, palms down, and stretch the fingers as wide apart as possible.
- Close the fingers to make a tight fist with the thumbs inside.
- The fingers should be slowly wrapped around the thumbs. Again open the hands and stretch the fingers.
- Repeat 10 times.
Breathing Pattern while doing Hand Clenching in Yoga – Mushtika Bandhan
- Inhale on opening the hands.
- Exhale on closing the hands.
Benefits of Hand Clenching in Yoga – Mushtika Bandhan
- Helps to warm up and prepare the hands and fingers for a yoga practice.
- Can help to release tension and stress in the hands and fingers.
- May be helpful for improving grip strength and dexterity.
- Can be practiced anywhere and at any time, making it a convenient way to reduce stress and tension throughout the day.
- Hand clenching is generally safe for most people to practice, but it is important to listen to your body and avoid overexertion or strain.
- If you have any pain or discomfort in your hands or wrists, come out of the practice immediately and seek guidance from a qualified yoga teacher or healthcare professional.
- Always be gentle and avoid forcing your hands into the clench if it causes any pain or discomfort.