Namaste (Thank you, I bow to you) and Anjali mudra (prayer pose)

We usually practice the Anjali mudra pose at the end of class, when the mind has been cleared and the body is ready to relax. I often say “Namaste” (NAH-mah-stay) at this time as a way to respectfully thank my students. This position signifies love and respect and is therefore centered on the heart or the “third eye” (middle of forehead).

Usually we are in a seated position, although it can also be done standing.

Eyes are traditionally closed, but eyes open is fine as well.

Bend your elbows at a little more than a right angle.

Bring the palms of your hands together, slightly higher than the level of your elbows, with fingers pointing toward the ceiling.

Bring your palms close to (but not touching) the center of your chest, to be near your heart center, while lifting your chest toward your thumbs.

Relax your shoulders and face.

Close your eyes, bow your head slightly, and breathe slowly and naturally.

Duration:
Keep the pose for 1- 2 minutes (cane be held for 5-10 minutes).

Benefits:
• Relaxes body and spirit
• Reduces depression, anxiety, stress
• Reduces nervousness and insomnia
• Creates a feeling of gratitude and spiritual connection to others
• Develops greater sense of self
• Makes you feel GREAT!