Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity and beloved god in the Hindu religion, is a prominently featured icon in Indian art and mythology. Known as the Bringer of New Beginnings, Lord of Good Fortune and Remover of Obstacles, Ganesha empowers his followers to live a courageous, barrier-free life. He is said to personify the symbolic sound of “ohm,” and his essence reverberates throughout the principles of yoga, particularly in the symbolic hand gesture or “mudra” named after him. In this post, we’ll walk you through this Ganesha yoga pose to help you unlock its power in your daily life.
The Ganesha mudra is a powerful hand lock which, when incorporated into your yoga practice, can lift your spirits, relieve tension and boost confidence! It is the physical embodiment of perseverance. To achieve it, you should begin in a comfortable seated position with a long, straight spine. Then:
By uniting this Ganesha yoga pose with potent breath, blockages and obstacles are evicted from the body. With no refuge in the openness that’s been created, the clutter of the mind also dissolves. And since it’s his job to destroy what’s in the way, Ganesha has been known to place obstacles in the path of those who need to be “checked.” If something blocks your path, invoking Ganesha’s symbolic destruction with this mudra can help to create space for what you seek!
Often honored at the opening of important rites and ceremonies, Ganesha represents new beginnings. His presence reminds us it’s only after we’ve removed the obstacles that we can begin anew. Sometimes, we must demolish the ego to rebuild a stronger foundation for personal growth. The yoga mat is the perfect place to lay that base!
The Ganesha pose can remove negativity and stress by stimulating resistance in the upper body. Sometimes, it’s only after release that we notice the heaviness of the weight we were carrying. What are you resisting? What’s holding you back? What obstacles can you remove to free yourself from what doesn’t serve you? Surround yourself with Ganesha, and all can become clear.
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