Hansi – Inner Smile Mudra


“My Inner Smile Awakens the Bliss that has Always Been Here.”

I love how the pinky fingers are like the uplifted corners of the mouth as in a smile in this mudra!

Practicing Hansi helps me to remember that not only feelings of bliss, but also positive qualities are always within me, no matter what else is going on in life, or how I may feel one moment to the next.

This strengthens knowing one’s True Self: Compassion, Empathy, Unconditional Love, Joy, Contentment, Kindness, Connection, Trust, Openness – to name a few of the unending positive qualities that are always within us, and underlie everything else. Practicing Hansi ‘waters your good seeds’ as Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh likes to say, allowing you to feel and act from the higher states of being.

Hansi Mudra possible effects:

  • instills a positive mood
  • brings breath to chest area stimulating the thymus gland
  • supports the immune system
  • can help release tension from the jaws
  • reveals inherent positive qualities within

HOW TO: Begin with practicing with 5-10 natural breaths and increase the number of breaths weekly to your practice. You can rest the backs of your hands on your lap; or with elbows at your waist float your hands chest height; or try Hansi Mudra in yoga postures like Warrior – Virabhadrasana or Bridge – Setu Bandhasana.

These mudras and information provided are modified and used by permission from Joseph and Lilian LePage, Integrative Yoga Therapy.

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