Shiva Linga Hand Mudra:

by Carole Bourne

“Our thumbs, fingers and palms of our hands emit currents of energy.  By creating certain postures with your hands, fingers and thumbs you open up energy channels to encourage flow and healing”.

There have been so many amazing  healing stories talked and written about the shiva linga hand mudra that its hard to ignore.  So, I thought I’d share this potent hand mudra with you as it’s one I’ve  been doing every morning since last October, right before my alternate nostril breathing.

I must admit there is something quite settling and very comforting sitting on my yoga bolster and bringing my breath and awareness onto the sensations this hand mudra has on my whole being.

From my experience mudra’s subtly bring balance back into my body.

Somedays I feel their balancing and healing effects whilst other days I don’t – and simply trust they are working their magic.

My inspiration for practising this hand mudra is that I’m following the wisdom of Maya Tiwari at the moment.

I was also blessed recently to have met her and experienced her teachings on meditation and women’s healing rituals firsthand.  Such a joy.

The shiva linga mudra is one of the first mudra’s she recommends to bring balance back to our nervous system and breath along with strengthening of our prana (energy).

I’ve decided to share two variation of the shivalinga hand mudra from two wise women.  The first from Maya Tiwari and the second from Gertud Hirschi whose book and hand mudra’s deck of cards I’ve used for years.

Strengthen your prana with Shiva linga mudra:

“The effect of mudras can be intensified with your breath, mindfulness and focus”

Maya Tiwari has taught her students for decades that this mudra merges your shakti and shiva energies, brings the nervous system and breath into a state of balance. “It’s a vital practice for strengthening your prana or breath-energy which will, in turn make you aware of the rhythms of your subtle body.  This practice brings about a deep state of calm within the body and harmony within yourself and your relationships”

The practice by Maya Tiwari

  • Sit upright in a quiet comfortable chair or pillow.
  • Bring your left hand close to the chest with the palm facing upward.
  • Keep the fingers together
  • Make a fist with your right hand and place it securely on the left palm.
  • Extend the right thumb upward
  • The right hand is a metaphor for your solar breath (right nostril)
  • The left hand is a metaphor for your luna breath (left nostril)
  • Close your eyes and mediate

Help the healing process:

Gertrud teaches that this mudra can be used against tiredness, dissatisfaction, listlessness and depression.  “We can use it when we feel drained.  You can do it while you are waiting.  This mudra helps the healing process, no matter where we are sick.  In terms of healing, this mdra is responsible for many more wonders than people know.  Keep this fact in the back of your mind when you need healing”.  Gertrud Hirschi

The practice by Gertrud Hirschi

Do as often as you like.

  • Hold the fingers of the left hand close together level with the abdomen with elbows pointing outward and slightly forward.
  • Left hand is shaped like a bowl to hold the right hand
  • Right hand forms fist with thumb pointing upwards
  • Imagine your left hand a mortar
  • Imagine your right hand a pestle
  • During your first breaths, mentally let whatever makes you feel sick fall like dark pebbles into your left hand.
  • With the edge of your right hand, grind everything into the finest dust, which you then blow away from your hand like fine sand.
  • Then remain seated and let the energy flow

Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands


On my bedside table:

Judith Lasater has been teaching restorative yoga for over 20 years.  Her book is a great place to start learning oreven fine tune your Restorative Yoga postures.  It covers postures for headaches, menopause, stress, back pain, pregnancy and more.  I so love this book-  Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times.


Today’s rejuvenating ritual:


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The Rejuvenation Lounge Retreat Formula – is to retreat for:

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xx Carole

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

stacy di March 8, 2012 at 12:40 am

this is wonderful! thanks for sharing!!


Carole Fogarty March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

You are most welcome Stacy. xxx Carole


judy March 20, 2012 at 2:35 am

I’ll practice this! Thanks!


andrea howard August 3, 2012 at 4:53 am

I tried the mudra right away and a stubborn spot in my back cracked. I tried it again and my neck cracked. I tried it again and all sorts of things moved about along my back. COOL!


narayan November 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for your message about Shivalinga Mudra; let everybody practise and benefit out of that. Regards


Umesh November 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm

These mudras are used by yogis to keep their body and mind in a healthy state.There are many more .Please refer to

Mudras are effective without any side effects .

Regards & Thanks


Himanshu June 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

hi…how much time can we practice this mudra….i usually practice pran mudra for 45 minutes at one go….so can this mudra also be done for 45 mintues ?
Also , i really enjoy trying new mudras , soi just wanted to ask is there any risk involved with mudras..??


Ramya December 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

Hi Carole,

Is it safe for a pregnant women to practice this mudra? If yes – for how long can this be done?



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