Ganesha Mudra- The One That Fires Up The Heart

by Elsie on December 20, 2010

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Here is the first mudra that I’ll be sharing with you for grounding yourself and attuning to your heart.

I’ll first really quickly simply show the mudra itself and what to do. We are not going to practice them. If you do want to practice the mudra, check out the corresponding videos and audio only available for both of these mudras over at They will be available very soon.

They’ll will also be available in both my Android and iPhone apps.

Keeping Your Heart Open

The first one is called the Ganesha mudra.

This is a powerful mudra for bringing heat and brightness to the heart. It strongly invigorates the chest cavity, your heart beats faster, warmth envelops the heart center and creates a rush of mighty energy.

Having worked with this mudra, I find it to work very well when experiencing heart ache, sadness, depression, feelings that have a quality of innertia to them, a heavyness to them. This mudra helps the stuck feeling in the heart, the heaviness begin to lift. It gives you space and the courage to live with an open heart 🙂

I have found that if you are really angry and rageful, it may not work as well, as the heat that is created with this mudra may just fuel things up more! Although at times this may be necessary and exactly what needs to happen, as it will give clarity to your anger, for quick and pure transformation 😉

Practicing Ganesha Mudra

  • Hold your left hand in front of your chest with the palm facing outward. (Thumb closer to your solar plexus, pinky toward your collar bone).
  • Now grasp the left hand with the right hand, with the back of the right hand facing outward.
  • Leave the hands at the level of your heart.
  • Take a few moments and inhale fully.
  • Exhale vigorously, forcefully while pulling the hands apart without releasing it the grip.
  • With an inhale let go of all the tension.
  • Repeat 6 times.
  • Then sweetly place your hands at the sternum holding the mudra. Focus on the feeling in the heart area. Rest there.
  • Then change your hand position and repeat.
  • Sit quietly with yourself

Please let me know how this works out for you 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts about this matter!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the beginning of this little video series, start with the explanation of the why these mudras 😀 To continue with the next video check out: Kubera Mudra- The One That Harnesses Focus.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Early December 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

what a great way to get things started this week! Thanks for sharing! love & peace Laura


Cecily December 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I can’t wait to have a moment tonight after my martial arts practice to try this! The … insatiable scholar in me wants to know more about this mudra, but I’ll give it a go and see what I find. 🙂


Elsie December 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Well sweet Cecily….if your scholarly self finds out information that you would like to share, send it along to me and I’ll have you do a little in depth post on the blog!!!! xoxooxoxoox


Cecily December 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Hopefully, with these quiet holiday days I might have a few hours to do some research – I’ll let you know what I find.
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Elsie December 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Yeay! I would soooooo love it!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Online Yoga Teacher December 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Wow, this is one of the best yoga postures. I do it on a daily basis, gives me immense energy. Thanks for the round-up !!


k8 January 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm

amazing. thank you so much elsie! Clear, concise and amazing, per usual.
Happiest new years to you and yours!


tanis January 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Thanks so much Elsie! I needed this one today!! Jai Ganesha!!


Elsie January 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Yeay! I’m so glad you found it helpful!


chris December 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

thank you 4 the ennlightment>>namaste


Aotea Yoga December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

Thank you for such a wonderful article.this is one of the Great yoga postures.


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