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Mushti Mudra – Fist Mudra.

March 4, 2012

During the recent hot and hazy summer days I observed my four year old as she pouted, stamped her feet, pushed her dog and generally behaved more like the cartoon Tasmanian Devil rather than my, (willful), Angel Child. Those of you who also share Pitta tendencies will identify with the short temper, impatience and fiery aggression sometimes felt when the weather is simply too hot to bear.


Settle into a comfortable sitting position with the backs of the hands resting on the thighs about 3cm away from the body, palms facing upwards. Close the eyes and adjust the position if needed so that the body can remain comfortable and still.

Allow the breath to become slightly longer as you cultivate the feeling of letting go, the feeling of saying “No”. Do you need to set some boundaries, either for a certain person or for a particular situation you find yourself in? Set those boundaries.

Curl the fingers of both hands bringing the tips of the fingers onto the palms. Place the thumbs onto the ring finger applying constant light pressure.

Observe any physical sensations in the hands and any emotional changes as the inhalation is directed inwards to Manipura Chakra at the solar plexus and the exhalation is directed outwards through the entire body.

Each inhalation brings positive energy balancing the fire; each exhalation takes with it the deep seated tensions and suppressed frustration.

Continue for up to 15 minutes whenever and wherever needed

Hands automatically form fists during moments of extreme emotion, although seen as a sign of attack this gesture may simply be the body’s way of releasing unexpressed emotions as all the elements are harnessed and balanced in the palm of the hands.


Jennifer Stephens is a registered Yoga Therapist.  Her Karma Yoga includes an outreach project for children and the elderly in Nyanga. She teaches individual remedial yoga therapy for adults and children.


Jen has also started an awesome range of Ayurvedic skin care product – Shambhavi, click here to visit our shop to view the latest goodies.


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