Padma Mudra

Photo from Mudra Cards, deck, accompanying Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lillian LaPage

Padma Mudra is the hand gesture of the Lotus flower, which comes in handy when practicing mudra with asana (physical poses), as we can place a few drops of essential oils in the palms and have an instant personal diffuser to enhance the value of our yoga experience.  Padma mudra nurtures the 4th and 5th chakras, the heart and throat, thus supporting the cardio-respiratoryand immune systems and the thyroid. 

Also, padmas mudra helps to cultivate compassion and empathy.  When practicing parma mudra, make sure to relax the shoulders and maintain neutral spine. Consider using lemongrass essential oil as it supports the thyroid and joint health too.  Enjoy your yoga practice and aromatherapy.