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Yoga Practice of the Month: Lotus Mudra

The mudras are often called Yoga of the Hand. They are systematic hand gestures used to focus subtle energies and draw attention to particular states of being. Some define mudra as “seal” others as “mystery”. In yoga, both definitions work.

There are 2500 nerve receptors per square centimeter in the human hand. Whether or not you impart any psychological or spiritual significance to these wonderful receptors, the practice of hand mudras will work for you. It’s like meditation. Even if you are not on a spiritual path, you can benefit from the connection meditation engenders.

“Mudras are a non-verbal mode of communication and self expression… They retain the efficacy of the spoken word. It is an external expression of inner resolve, suggesting that such non verbal communications are more powerful than the spoken word…Mudras symbolically express inner feelings and inner psychological states. They also generate various qualities such as fearlessness, power, charity and peace in the practitioner and to on-lookers.” (www.mudravigyan.com)

Our practice for the month is the Lotus Mudra. A symbol of purity, this mudra opens the heart. You can use it for or cultivating love and affection or to ease loneliness.

Here’s how it works:

Bring your hands together at your heart, palms together, fingers spread, tips touching. Blossom your fingers away from each other, but keep little fingers and thumbs together.

“The lower portion of the palms touch as well as the pads of the little fingers and thumbs. If the hands are closed, they resemble the buds of a lotus flower. When the hands open and the fingers spread out wide, it is like the lotus opening. After four deep breaths, close both hands back into a bud and place the fingernails of the fingers of both hands on top of each other. Then join the back of the fingers, the back of the hands and allow the hands to hang down for a while, all relaxed. Bring the hands back into the bud position and the open flower. Repeat several times.” (www.lifepositive.com)

The very center of your heart is where life begins.
The most beautiful place on earth.
~ Rumi

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