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Mudra Notes: Finding Truth (Bhumisparsha Mudra)

Finding Truth

Knowing that We all are connected,
breathing the same breath,
and living the same experiences.

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Sit comfortably. Feel your spine naturally long. Heart centered over the hips, head centered over the heart. Let your breath be deep and full.

Right hand rests on the right thigh, palm up to receive the truth of the Universe.

Left hand rests on the left thigh, palm down, fingertips graze the Earth, to ground the Universal truth in your being.

Inhale, drawing the breath in through your crown and down to the base of your spine.

Exhale, sending the breath back up the spine to the crown of your head.

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Mudra Notes: Mustika Mudra (Compassion)

MUSTIKA MUDRA

CULTIVATING COMPASSION

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Fists are powerful. They are a symbol of breaking through boundaries. With Mustika mudra we are breaking down walls, making space in the world for love and compassion to become the norm.

Make gentle fists with both hands. Bring the backs of the fingers together and rest the thumbs on the heart. Feel your heart beat and know that your heart beats for the world. Feel an unending supply of love in your heart for All Beings.

I close all of my classes with this chant to remind us that we all breathe the same breath and we all live the same experiences. We are all connected.

OM. Lokah Samasta Sukhinoh Bhavantu. Shanti Shanti Shanti. Hari OM.

May All beings everywhere be happy and free; may my life ~ my thoughts, words, and deeds ~ contribute to the happiness and freedom. Peace Peace Peace, may it be so. 

 
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Mudra Notes: Say Thank You (Anjali Mudra)

Say Thank You

Honor Your Blessings (Anjali Mudra)

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In the month of November, words gratitude and thank can be seen everywhere. Once the month is over, this practice of be thankful should be carried on, each and everyday. Simple words of gratitude are enough.

  • Sit comfortably tall. Bring your palms together in front of your heart, pressing evenly together, into Anjali mudra.
  • Inhale fully.
  • Exhale, acknowledge something for which you are thankful.
  • Inhale again.
  • Exhale, acknowledge something else.
  • Repeat.

Maybe do this for 10 breaths, maybe do this for 10 minutes. Just do it.

Thank you!

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Mudra Notes: Chin Mudra (Rooting & Shining)

Rooting & Shining

Chin Mudra: Nourishing our roots through balance

Shining: OM Namah Shivaya – acknowledging our inner light

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Fall and Winter are contemplative seasons where we go within ourselves and explore what’s happening. Sometimes we melt into that darkness and need a light to guide the journey.

Chin mudra supports our journey within to keep us light and lifted. The thumb and the index finger joined balances the exchange of energy between our personal world and the greater world around us. The three extended fingers represent the three gunas (motivational forces in life): lethargy, fiery activity, and  balance & harmony. The palms facing down strengthens our root system.

The mantra OM Namah Shivaya is an invocation to Lord Shiva the Destroyer, who breaks down barriers to keep the pathway clear. By repeating it, we acknowledge the light is within us. This personal acknowledgment lets us recognize the same light in All Beings.

OM Namah Shivaya

Ah-oh-mmm Nah-mah She-vie-ya

 
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Mudra Notes: Why Mudras? (Hold the Power)

Why Use Mudras?

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In Yoga and exercise regimes we use postures to tone the body and build strength. Mudras, or hand yoga, are used in meditation for the same reason, toning the mind and building strength.

  • Just like we talk with our hands in conversation, let the mudras do the talking.
  • Each mudra directs energy with the breath to open and soften the body. Each finger governs a different element, shaping the path to stillness and strength.
  • By choosing a mudra, we acknowledge what we need to change in our lives.
  • What we want to create through intention is supported by mudra.
  • Transformation begins when we know that we hold our personal power in our hands.
  • Finally, mudras keep fidgety hands occupied.

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Pralamba Mudra – Frame Your Heart

Lokah Somasta Suhkinoh Bhavantu

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May all beings everywhere be happy and free; may my life and breath contribute to that happiness and well being.

This is an intention from the heart, which beats for all beings.

 

Bring your hands into Pralamba mudra: palms facing out, fingers pointed skyward, thumb tips together. Position your hands so that they frame your heart.

 

Focus your breath on expansion in your heart, zoning in on your center for love and compassion. Feel the love beginning with you, then flowing to your friends and family, your community, your state, the country, the planet, and the Universe. To finish, experience all of the love coming back to you ten-fold.

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Mudra Notes: Self-Realization (Shunya & So’Ham)

Self-Realization

So’Ham & Shunya

Asking & Listening

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Shedding our leaves in fall, rooting & nourishing in winter…
Reveals answers the eternal inquiry: Who am I?

Not the labels we put on ourselves, like teacher, mother, construction worker, athlete, etc…
But real truths: a light in the darkness, a conduit of peace, a soul connected to all beings.

  • In Shunya Mudra, the tip of the right finger is held down toward the palm with the thumb.
  • The Mantra So’Ham (Sew-Hum) gives us the answer “this is the truth of who I am, a being connected to all others and one with the Universe.”

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Mudra Notes: Chakras & Breath Direction

Swirling Vortexes &
Breath Direction

Chakras: 7 energy centers in the body

Breath: fuel to light up the energy centers

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There are things in our body that we can’t quite put a finger on, like chakras, the seven “whirling vortexes of energy” that run from the base of the body to the crown of the head. You can’t x-ray them and your doctor may look at you funny if you tell him you’ve sprained one. When spinning smoothly, our bodies function better, both emotionally and physically.

I like to teach people new to chakras to think of them simply as areas of the body. Areas that you can tune into with the breath to heal and energize the body and mind.

In this meditation, you will place your hands on the seven areas that chakras govern. Your hands will help to draw your breath into the chakra, starting at the base of the body and moving to the crown of the head.

Stay with each position for at least 10 breaths or 1 minute each, depending on how you are timing this. Of course, you may stay longer if you wish.

  1. Muladhara (foundation, security, LAM) Hands, palms down on the thighs
  2. Svadhisthana (emotions, creation, flow, VAM) Palms on hips & low belly
  3. Manipura (will, our furnace, creating, RAM) Palms on solar plexus
  4. Anahata ( love, compassion, YAM) Palms together in Anjali mudra at the heart, thumbs resting on the breastbone
  5. Vissudha (your voice, your truth, HAM) Palms together in Anjali mudra at the throat and collar bones, thumb tips resting on the throat
  6. Ajna (Third-Eye, intuition, OM) Palms together in Anjali mudra at the brow, thumb tips resting on the point between the brows
  7. Sahaswara (crown of the head, Silence) Hands hovering right over your head in Hakini mudra, finger tips touching

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You can also add chanting to this meditation with the bija (seed) sounds of the chakras. You can time each hand position by chanting each bija three times. Since the seventh chakra’s sound is silence, simply sit with your breath for awhile, enjoying the vibration in your body.

~ LAM ~ VAM ~ RAM ~ YAM ~ HAM ~ OM ~

 

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Mudra Notes: Building Resistance (Linga Mudra & Bhastrika Pranayama)

Building Resistance

Linga Mudra & Bhastika Pranayama

Upright mudra & Bellows breath

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Its that time of year: colds, allergies, and flus creep in. This simple practice helps you build resistance in your body, strengthen the lungs, and increase energy. The mudra can be done for up to 15 minutes, three times a day. The bhastrika pranayama can be done in several rounds.

  • Sit comfortably.
  • Clasp your hands together, extending one thumb straight up, encircling the thumb with the other thumb and index finger. Hold this mudra for up to 15 minutes while doing the breathing exercise.
  • Take several deep breaths feeling the lungs expand fully on the inhale and empty fully on the exhale.
  • For bhastrika pranayama*, inhale and exhale forcefully through the nose, pumping the belly in and out. Start with 10 rounds then rest for several breaths.
  • Do another 20 rounds of bhastrika then rest for several breaths.
  • Finally, do another 30 rounds of bhastrika then allow your breath pattern to return to a normal flow.
  • Observe how you feel. Let your hands rest on your thighs and take a few deeps breaths, filling the lungs and expanding the chest. Set a closing intention of taking care of yourself and honoring your body.

* If this breathing exercise feels at all uncomfortable or makes you feel anxious, work with long, deep breathing. If you have any digestive issues, hypertension, pregnancy, epilepsy or seizures, I do not recommend this breath.

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Mudra Notes: Ganesha Flow

Ganesha Flow

Remove the Obstacles (Ganesha)
Support Yourself (Badha)
Offer Yourself Up (Pashpaputa)

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Ganesha Mudra: I release the obstacles & tensions that bind my heart so that I may love all beings.

  • Left palm out, right palm in, left elbow down, right elbow up: curl and grip your fingers together in front of your heart.
  • Inhale. As you exhale, pull your hands apart without releasing your grip. Do this 6 times.
  • Then rest the back of the left hand on the sternum for several breaths.
  • Switch the hands so right palm is out and the left palm in, right elbow down, left up. Repeat the pulling action 6 times.
  • Rest the back of the right hand on the sternum for several breaths.

Badhamudra: I support myself so that I may support all beings.

  • Bring one hand, palm facing up in front of the solar plexus and rest the other hand on it palm down. Hold your hands softly.

 

Pushpaputa MudraI am open to the wills and wishes of the Universe and will share my gifts with all.

  • From badhamudra, open your palms upward and bring the pinky sides of the hands together in a gesture of offering.

This meditation brings serenity and support into your life when you need it. In order to get support, you must be open to it and offer it back.

Allow 2 – 3 minutes with each mudra.

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