Asamutha hastam mudras and notations explained in detail.

In our last article we completed usages of Mudrakhyam Samyutha Hastam. In this article we are going to learn the usages of Mudrakhyam Asamyutha Hastam.

We use Mudrakhyam single hand mudras to show the following instances.

Mind, Thought, Desire, Self, Remembrance (recollect), Knowledge, Creation, Life-birth, Disrespect, Future, Negation and Therefore.


This viniyoga is done by first placing the right hand facing upwards in front of the chest. Move the hand slightly upwards while forming the mudra and then flip it to face downwards in front of the chest to depict ‘mind’.


With the right hand in mudrakhya, flutter the fingers as the palm is slowly moved from near the ear to just below the shoulders.


Keep the hand in front of the chest as shown in the image. Flutter the wrist and fingers and make one small circle in front of the chest.


Keeping the hand in mudrakhya facing the body, move the right arm to make a circle from the left side of the body to the right ending it in the starting position.


Holding mudrakhya mudra, flutter the fingers and move the hand from near the ear to chest level. Keep the arm towards the right side of the body, as shown in the picture, while doing this viniyoga.


Hold mudrakhya vertically in front of the chest. Commence the viniyoga by rotating the palm from the wrist backwards towards the right and then rotate to bring the palm towards the left. The palm faces upwards. Continue the movements tracing the pathway in the reverse. The palm now faces downwards. Flip the palm upwards to finally end the viniyoga. The whole viniyoga must be done in a continuously moving manner without any stops or jerks.


Commence the viniyoga with mudrakhya Hastha facing downwards in front of the chest. Sweep the palm outwards and then inwards ending the viniyoga with a Mushti Hastha.

Life breath

Hold mudrakhya hastha in the right hand facing the body. Move the hand in an upwards and downwards motion to show ‘breath’.

Assisted by Sreekanth Janardhanan

Photo Courtesy: Natanakairali Archives


Guru Nirmala Paniker is a danseuse, choreographer and researcher of repute. She established Natanakaisiki, the dance research and training wing of Natanakairali.

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