The Most Powerful Kundalini Yoga Mudra
There are hundreds of mudras, or hand positions, used in the practice of yoga and meditation, and Kundalini Yoga uses many of them. Yet there is one Kundalini Yoga mudra that could win the honor of the most powerful one of them all.
The basic hand position used in Sat Kriya is to interlace the fingers and extend the index fingers straight-up. This mudra is held over the head while chanting the mantra Sat Nam.
This mudra has many names, but the common name for it in Kundalini Yoga is Sarab Shakti mudra, or the mudra of all-encompassing energy and power.
In other yoga traditions and in Ayurveda, this mudra is known as Kshepana Mudra, or Ambrosia Mudra.
Traditionally, the effect of this mudra has been described as increasing the flow of energy in and out of the body, and emptying out needless thoughts and feelings. Its benefits include relieving inner tension and eliminating negative energies of the body, while also strengthening the function of the lungs, large intestines and skin. Psychologically, it is have been used to reduce feelings of paranoia.
While many Kundalini Yoga students have used this mudra in practicing Sat Kriya, there is a powerful meditation that uses this mudra that was described by Yogi Bhajan during a White Tantric Yoga course that was recently held here in Austin, Texas.
The meditation was given at the end of the course as “homework” for the 40 days following the course, and consisted of holding Sarab Shakti mudra in front of the body, between the level of the heart and diaphragm, for 11 minutes so that the forearms are parallel to the ground. He termed this position and meditation Guru Siddh, which can be translated as “Proven Power of the Teacher.”
It appears to be an excellent way to connect to the energy of the Teacher in your life, internally or externally.
Sarab Shakti Mudra – it’s not just for Sat Kriya anymore.