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Surya Mudra for July

July 9, 2012

Surya (Ravi) Mudra Surya means sun. The sun is a source of energy. The Surya Mudra attracts energy of the Sun.  This mudra reduces the Earth (Prithvi) Element and increases the Fire (Agni) Element in the body.

The Surya Mudra helps with weight loss.  It is said to help lower bad cholesterol.  This Mudra also fires up the metabolism and body temperature.  Surya helps strengthen eyesight.

 How To:

Place the tip of your Thumb on the tip of your Ring finger.

This Mudra can also be done by placing the pad of your Thumb over the second section of your ring finger.

 

Practice his Mudra  daily at any time.  You can practice this Mudra while standing, sitting, or even walking.  You can practice this Mudra on each hand separately or together.

Shuni Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation, but try it in some other asanas:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Try using Shuni Mudra  during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice & during Meditation & Pranayama.

You can also try Mudras in your everyday life.  Try the Surya Mudra while watching TV or waiting in line.

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Linga Mudra for May

May 1, 2012

The Linga Mudra, the upright mudra (Linga = thumb in sanskrit) increases your body’s inner heat (use this mudra when you are chilled).  It improves digestive health and boosts your immune system.  This is perfect for use when you are feeling under the weather.

Try LINGA MUDRA to help with allergies, colds, coughs and asthma.  Linga Mudra is said to help with weight loss.  Because of the heat this mudra generates, you can sometimes experience fatigue after it’s use.

HOW TO:

  • Interlace the fingers of both hands together
  • Raise your Right Thumb
  • Circle your right thumb with your left thumb and index fingers

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Mudra for April : Bear Grip

April 4, 2012

The Bear Grip Yoga Mudra is used to help with concentration and stimulates the heart chakra and strengthens the heart.  Helps to bring intensity to your yoga practice.

How To:  
Bring your arms in front of your body at chest level.
Left palm facing out, thumb down.
Right palm faces in toward your body, thumb facing up.
Curl your fingers  to look like a Bear Claw
Hook fingers together.
Gently pull your elbows apart.

Use BEAR Grip MUDRA in the Sea-Saw Shoulder Stretch:
Bring your hands to Bear Grip Mudra
Relax your shoulders
Gently pull your arms in opposite directions (Don’t loosen your Bear grip)
Inhale, raise your right elbow (lower left elbow)
Exhale, raise your left elbow (lower right)
Continue sea-sawing your arms moving with your breath and increase speed
Practice for a few minutes

This is a great warm up for shoulders and helps relieve tension.
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Mudra for March: Dhyani Mudra

March 2, 2012

Dhyani Mudra  Buddha Mudra), is a Gesture of Meditation.  The Buddha is always depicted with his hands in a yoga mudra.  The Dhyani Mudra is one of the most important of these mudras.  The Amitabha Buddha illustrates the Buddha’s hand in Dhyani Mudra.

Dhyani Mudra is a gesture of absolute balance.

How to Male:
Gently rest your right hand on top of your left hand
Palms facing up
Thumb tips touching

How to Female:
Gently rest your left hand on top of your right hand
Palms facing up
Thumb tips touching

Dhyani Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation.

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The Knowledge Seal (Jnana Mudra, Guyan Mudra, Gyan Mudra, OM Mudra)

January 31, 2012

The Knowledge Seal (Jnana Mudra, Guyan Mudra, Gyan Mudra, OM Mudra),thumb tip and index finger tip touching

Mudra is Sanskrit for seal.  A mudra is a position, usually done with the hands, that directs the flow of prana (life energy).  As part of our Mudra Series, we will be working on the Jnana Mudra, this is a classic energy sealing Mudra used in Meditations.

Jnana comes from the Sanskrit word “Gyan” or “Guyan” meaning knowledge knowledge. The Jnana Mudra is the Mudra of Knowledge.

How to:

Bring your thumb tip together with your index finger tip.
(The Thumb Represents Ego; The Index Finger = Jupiter)
Press the thumb and index finger together gently.  Your remaining 3 fingers stay straight.

 Make the Jnana Mudra Active, bring your thumb to the nail of the index finger.

Uses and Benefits:

Helps relieve Stress & Depression
Sharpens memory and concentration
Helps with insomnia
Can help achieve mental peace
Helps release anger
Helps relieve Migraines

Jnana Mudra is used in various pranayama techniques as well as meditation, but try it in some other asanas:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)

Try using Jnana Mudra during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice & during Meditation & Pranayama.

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A Prayerful Yoga Practice & the Anjali Mudra

January 4, 2012

Today we will be working on the Anjali Mudra.
Brings hands together in prayer position at heart center.  Your hands should be lined up evenly.  Press hands together slightly.

Come to a comfortable seated position with hands in Anjali Mudra for a few minutes of Centering.

Spend a few minutes for warm up asanas

Comet to Tadasana with hands in Anjali at heart center (near the back of the mat)

Begin Flow:

Tree Right leg up hands in Anjali Mudra

Step right leg forward in Warrior I hands in Anjali Mudra

Step Left foot forward, Chair Pose

Transition to Twisted Chair Right side

Return to Chair

Forward fold

Lunge (left leg back) hands in Anjali Mudra

Prayerful Triangle

Exhale Revolved Side Angle (hands in Anjali Mudra) – hold

Transition to Lunge

Step back into plank, lower

Child’s Pose

Garland Pose (heel down squat, hands in Anjali Mudra)

Forward Fold

Roll up to Mountain

Repeat on the opposite side

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Salutation Seal (Anjali Mudra or Hrdayanjali Mudra),hands in Prayer position (Namaste)

January 1, 2012

Mudra is Sanskrit for seal.  A mudra is a position, usually done with the hands, that directs the flow of prana (life energy).

As part of our Mudra Series, we are beginning with the Salutation Seal since most of us are very familiar with bringing hands together in prayer position.  This gesture first appeared in clay seals about 6,000 years ago.

The Salutation Seal is known by many names, Anjali Mudra, Hrdayanjali Mudra, Atmanjali Mudra, Pranamasana, Prayer Position, Namaste…

We will use the common Anjali Mudra for the rest of this post

Anjali (ON-jol-ly) means offering, salutation, to honor or celebrate.

How to:

Bring your hands together in Prayer Position at Heart’s Center:
Line up your hands and fingers, fingers are pointing up.
Press your hands together gently and evenly.
Bow head slightly

Hands represent action.  You can bring your Anjali Mudra to the center of the chest, Heart Chakra (thumbs resting against the sternum), the Heart represents emotion.  You can bring your prayer position hands to your forehead, Brow Chakra (thumbs resting against the third eye) the Head represents intellect. You can also bring your hands to your Crown Chakra (above the head).

Prayer Position symbolizes unity.  You are connecting the right and left hemispheres of your brain and are bringing all things into balance.  You become Centered.

Anjali Mudra is often used as a greeting and shows respect. This mudra is regularly used used with the word Namaste. The Anjali Mudra means much more than hello and goodbye.  It honors both the practitioner and recipient.

Uses and Benefits:

Helps Center
Shows Respect
Helps achieve a meditative state
Brings Focus
Helps alleviate Stress and anxiety
Brings a sense of humility
Stimulates the Heart Chakra (if hands are at heart center)
Stimulates the Third Eye (if hands are brought to the brow)

Asanas where the Anjali Mudra is commonly used:
The salutation Seal can really be used in any posture or seated Meditation, but you can find hands in Prayer Position regularly in:

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Vrkasana (Tree Pose)
Malasana (Garland Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)
Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)

Try using Anjali Mudra during centering at the beginning of your Yoga Practice.

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Yoga Mudras : an introduction

December 29, 2011

In Sanskrit, Mudra means sign or seal, mark, gesture or attitude.

A Mudra is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture used to direct or seal in Prana (Life Energy).  Mudras are used in yoga with a specific purpose for physical or mental improvement.  They can change perception and attitude, and deepen concentration.

Yoga Mudras are gestures that lock and guide energy flow. Yoga Mudras affect the body’s energy system and the flow of prana (life energy).

Shiva is said to have started the tradition of using Mudras.  Mudras are in use all over the world in many different religions, cultures and arts.

Mudras are used to manipulate the flow of Prana.

Mudras are grouped in to Five categories:
Hasta (hand), Mana (head), Kaya (posture), Banda (lock) and Adhara (perineum- genital and anal areas).

Hasta are meditative Mudras, they keep Prana flowing back into the body

Mana (an important part of Kundalini yoga) they use the eyes, nose, ears, tongue and lips.

Kaya use postures and breath

Banda energizes the body

Adhara moves prana from the root area of the body to the brain

Each Finger has it’s own meaning and element:

Thumb =  agni (fire), the Universe – Parama-atman, associated with the abdomen and anxiety
Index = vayu (air),  the embodied self –  Jiva-atman, associated with the large intestine and depression
Middle = akash (ether), energy – Rajas, associated with the heart & circulatory system and impatience
Ring =  prithvi (earth), represents inertia – Tamas, associated with the gall bladder & liver, anger & resentment
Pinky =  jal (water), luminosity or benigness – sativa, associated with the kidneys and fear

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