Does davening with your hands behind your back present too relaxed of an attitude for proper prayer? I vaguely remember hearing or seeing this somewhere but cannot seem to remember where. Or maybe I am not recalling it accurately at all!

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    Pretty sure I've seen something from the Arizal against it. See also: shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/…
    – shmosel
    Commented Jun 2 at 9:04
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    "frowned upon in Judaism" and no halacha tag makes me confident to bring my anecdotal experience that I've seen several chashuva people daven like this in my time
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Jun 2 at 10:15

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The article cited in a comment above from @shmosel https://shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/hand-positions-according-to-halacha-and-kaballa/ shows two diametrically opposed views. So the answer is either yes or no.

In the body of the article it states: “Based on Kabala, one is not to place his hands behind his back.” Footnote 18 includes the following: Other opinions: “Some Poskim rule it is permitted to hold the hands behind one’s back and it is even exemplary to do so during prayer.”

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    IIRC, the Mishnah Berurah rules against holding one's hands behind one's back Commented Jun 2 at 23:57

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