Empty Hands Mudra

“I empty my hands to open to hear the voice of my true Self, allowing the Universe to guide me.”

It is interesting that in many indigenous cultures like the North West Coast and Inuit depicted images and told stories of hunters with holes in the center of their palms to let the spirit of the animal free so that they would take only the animal’s physical body for their needs. Respect and gratitude for both what we’ve been given, and for what we need to take, makes for greater harmony within our hearts and connection with our world around us.

And speaking of hearts, the center of the palm is actually a Shiatsu point for the organ that surrounds and protects the heart called the pericardium. When you touch the center of the palm you have direct access to the heart, perhaps helping it to feel supported and open naturally.

This mudra came to my hands all on its own it seemed! I love practicing it, and wanted to share it here with you, even though I have not seen it documented as an original mudra. Hands rest on the lap or in front of the navel with the Left hand under the Right hand.

Practicing Empty Hands Mudra helps me to let go my agendas of the moment to remember that the deep layers within me are sacred doorways to the Universe, the Multi-verse, and to my highest Self, all of which contain great wisdom and knowing without being taught.

Empty Hands Mudra Possible Benefits:

  • instills a sense of openness to the world, other hearts, deeper wisdom, true Self
  • brings breath downward to the navel, allowing relaxation of the nervous system and calms the mind
  • supports the elimination and reproductive systems
  • can help one expand to envision infinite possibilities
  • reveals inherent positive qualities within like generosity, honoring, gratitude, humility, and reverence.


Begin with 5-10 natural breaths and increase the number of breaths weekly to your practice.

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