hands join flat = salute gesture = anjali mudra [sanskrit] = gassho [japan]
hands join clasped / interlaced = begging gesture = ushas mudra [sanskrit]
feet join flat = reclining goddess pose = supta baddha konasana [sanskrit]
.... used in yoga and "trauma releasing exercises".
Anjali mudra is a "centering pose" which helps to alleviate mental
stress and anxiety and is therefore used in achieving focus and coming
into a meditative state.
meditative state? with palms pressed together, you can start "shaking arms" so that your hands go up and down. do that for few minutes, and feel the relaxation. this is the base for "trauma releasing" [david berceli], "ecstatic dancing" [bradford keeney] and "quakerism" [watch out for the slave catchers ....]
clasping / interlacing fingers = self harm = desperate begging
When a person does this gesture, they are exercising some sort of
'self-restraint'. They are symbolically 'clenching' themselves back
and withholding a negative reaction, usually anxiety or frustration.
The higher the person clenches his hands whilst standing, the more
negative he is feeling.
This gesture is usually done when a person feels that they are failing
to convince the other person or are anxious about what they saying or
While talking to a person holding this gesture, you should try moving
the conversation in a different direction or ask questions so that you
can, if not understand, at least break the negative attitude of the
this should also be related to "back-facing palms" versus "center-facing palms".
with center-facing palms, the anjali mudra is easy to hold.
with back-facing palms, the anjali mudra is hard to hold,
and people will interlace their fingers, to force their palms together.
with back-facing palms, a more natural hand gesture would be "palm to back" = "palma ad dorsum", or "grab wrist" with both palms in same direction, or the "roman salute" with palm down, or the "sun salutation" with palms down. also clapping hands should be easier "palm to back", instead of "palm to palm".
center-facing palms = psychotic tempo = fire + water = masculine = large thumb angle.
back-facing palms = neurotic tempo = air + earth = feminine = small thumb angle.
back vs center: