Mudra means “seal” in Sanskrit.  It’s a symbolic or ritual gesture using primarily the hands.  Each position is believed to have a specific effect.  Specific positions can lead to specific states of consciousness symbolized by the hand positions.  For example, if a person frequently and with feeling does a position of fearlessness, they will also be freed from fearfulness in time.  Mudras are said to engage areas of the brain and/or soul influencing them, sometimes physically, by their use—not unlike an affirmation, or reflexology for that matter.

Mudra for Self-Confidence

In keeping with my earlier musings on not letting excuses get in your way of continually moving toward what you want, this mudra prevents self-defeating thoughts and actions.  Since a positive mind, body, and spirit are necessary for fulfilling your dreams, I thought this mudra was the perfect one to inspire you!

Sitting comfortably with a straight spine, lift your hands up to the level between your stomach and heart.  Extend your elbows away from the body to the sides.  Touch the middle knuckles of the last three fingers together.  Point your index fingers out and away from your body, pads together.  Point your thumbs back toward your chest as far as possible, touching each other from the last knuckle to the tip.  Your thumbs are touching your body at the point of the solar plexus.  Breath:  Long, deep, and slow.  Hold for a few minutes and relax.

Source:  Healing Mudras.  Yoga for your hands, Sabrina Mesko