Join us this month in a conscious exploration of the symbolism of yoga mudras. First, master teacher Sianna Sherman takes us step by step through Abhaya Hrdaya (Fearless Heart) Mudra. Want to add more meaning to your practice? Sign up for Sianna’s empowering Goddess Yoga online course.
Why Practice Abhaya Hrdaya Mudra?
Abahaya means “fearless” and hrdaya means “heart,” “center or core of something,” or “essence.” This mudra, or symbolic gesture, helps to strengthen a fearless connection to your heart’s truth and grow your courage to follow that truth. The goddess Durga, known as “the flaming one,” is the Maha Shakti of strength, courage, and protection at the root of the heart. She represents our bravery to come out of hiding with our voices, gifts, and power. She is a world protector who rises to defeat the demons of greed, arrogance, and pride. Durga offers us strength to face our fears and reminds us what is truly possible. She is our primal instinct and the power of the collective whole. Bring your hands into Fearless Heart Mudra to increase focus and vitality, settle the peripheral busy-ness of the mind, and ground yourself in Durga’s courageous strength.
Bring your hands together in Anjali Mudra.
Cross your right wrist over your left wrist in front of your sternum, with the palms facing away from each other.
Bring the backs of your hands together.
Wrap your right index finger around the left index finger, then your right middle finger over your left, skip over the ring finger and wrap your right little finger over your left. Extend your ring fingers and thumbs out to each other to make a seal.
Draw the mudra to the root of your heart, at the base of the sternum.
Meditation with Fearless Heart Mudra
Take a comfortable seat for meditation. Sit on height if needed to release tension in your hips and to create a natural low back curve in your spine. Let your spine brighten and lengthen. Close your eyes and relax into your own essential nature. Feel free to hold Fearless Heart mudra for the first 5–10 minutes of your meditation practice. Gently rest your awareness into the natural flow of your breath. Know the Goddess is breathing you. Lightly curl the tip of the tongue to the roof of your mouth, just behind the top row of teeth. Keep your lips lightly together and your teeth slightly apart. Follow the natural flow of your breath and inwardly say the name of the Goddess a few times, then let go of everything and simply relax deep inside. Abide in the inner essence that is the Goddess within you.
About Our Expert
Sianna Sherman is an internationally renowned yoga teacher, community activator, evocative storyteller and a passionate speaker at festivals throughout the world. She is the founder of Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, creator of the Goddess Yoga Project in partnership with Yoga Journal, and co-founder of Urban Priestess—a platform that serves the empowerment of women. Sianna was featured in Yoga Journal as one of the main teachers shaping the future of yoga. As a globetrotting yogini, she offers high vibration gatherings, teacher trainings, workshops, sacred site retreats, and pilgrimages as an offering of Love. Sianna is an innovative, visionary spirit with a deep devotion to Soul Alchemy. Her vision is to serve for the Benefit of All Beings & awaken magic into the world! siannasherman.com