Hakini Mudra is a yoga hand gesture named after goddess Hakini. Her immense power is an emblem of thunderbolt which has seat on the place between eyebrows i.e. third-eye chakra.
Due to its direct relation with third-eye, practicing Hakini Mudra is considered best to uplift the brain power, hence known as mudra of mind & wisdom. This power of goddess Hakini is called Hakini Shakti.
Meaning & Interpretation
According to an ancient tantric text Yoginihrdaya, Hakini is one of the 7 goddesses named Amrtananda, Dakini, Rakini, Lakini, Kakini, Sakini, and Hakini. These 7 goddesses are considered fundamentals to support the basic structure of the body i.e. skin, blood, flesh, fat, marrow, bone, and semen (collectively called Dhatus in Ayurveda). Although, other texts also interpret Hakini as a powerful female demon.
Hakini constituents flesh in the body. This makes Hakini mudra lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity.
Steps to Do Hakini Mudra
- Begin with any comfortable seated posture Padmasana (Lotus Pose), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose), Sukhasana (Easy Pose), Respectively.
- Now relax and close your eyes and roll them up to set over the third eye chakra as a gaze.
- Breath slowly and continuously. By removing the outer world from the consciousness set it on to the breath. Feel it throughout the practice.
- Now, bring your hands on knees or thighs in a way that both palms facing upward.
- Slowly lift both hands at the chest level facing each other and try to touch the tips of fingers gently over their counterpart.
- While maintaining the gaze on the third eye. Place your tongue at the soft palate or the roof of the mouth (khechari mudra). Breathe in to touch the palate and release on breathe out, respectively.
- The length of the time period of inhaling and exhale should match each other.
- Perform this mudra while chanting OM in your mind and remove all the unnecessary thoughts.
- Practice Hakini Mudra regularly from 30 to 45 minutes. Beginners can do this as per their comfort of sitting long.
Hakini Mudra for Brain
How hakini mudra impacts our brain can be understood using the involvement of fingers in this mudra.
As hakini Mudra involves the attachment of the five fingers of both hands. These five fingers are the seat of the five elements:
- Little finger – Water Element
- Ring finger – Earth Element
- Middle Finger – Ether or Space Element
- Index Finger – Air Element
- Thumb Finger – Fire Element
On pressing all fingertips against each other, the brain centers get activated concerned with the subtle aspect of the physical and psychic body. Mantra chanting and meditation while pressing those points in Hakini Mudra stimulates the spiritual energy sitting at the floor or Muladhara or Root chakra.
If you feel low after small mental work, then the regular practice of hakini mudra lifts the energy flowing down from the root chakra to the Ajna chakra. It redirects energy along the spine to meet at the Ajna chakra. The confluence of Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna nadis at Ajna chakra brings the change in the memory retention, imagination, concentration, and brainpower of the practitioner.
However, practicing Hakini Mudra along with the three bandha (Jalandhar, Mool, and Uddiyana) also influences the consciousness and various psychological aspects of the individual.
Benefits of Hakini Mudra
- Boost up memory power, concentration, and attentive focus.
- Focused and Deep breathing increases the oxygen supply to the brain. Hence, improves the functioning and ultimately Brainpower.
- Hakini Mudra helps in grasping the logical thinking and creative aspects, as Ajna chakra empowers both brain’s hemisphere.
- Activates the qualities of Ajna chakra perception, attentiveness, watchfulness, intuitiveness and curiosity, respectively.
- Overcome various psychological issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, etc.
- Practicing this mudra while following the sattvic lifestyle helps in the spiritual path.
- Hakini mudra under the experienced guru or teacher leads to the awakening which further reveals the insights of past and future.
- This mudra also helps in balancing of blood pressure and Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) of the body.
- Continous breathing also clarifies the nostrils. Therefore, assists in effortless breathing.