Yesterday we had the super (new) moon, today is Chinese new year – perhaps a good time to try a new practice: yoga mudras.
Mudra is a yogic science, awakening cosmic energy to purify the body, mind, and soul. It heals physical problems, mental and emotional disturbances and leads to spiritual awakening.
The Lotus mudra is the symbol of purity. It belongs to the heart chakra (the energy centre located in the heart area).
It is a hand mudra, that can help us become like the lotus flower – born in muddy water, going through much in its growth, and then emerge to become a beautiful flower. Because the lotus rises from unclean waters to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity and resurrection.
The Lotus also represents the spiritual heart. Mahanarayana Upanishad says:
“In the citadel of the body, there is the small sinless and pure lotus of the heart which is the residence of the Supreme.”
Place both hands in front of your chest, so that only the edges of your hands and your finger pads are touching. Open your hands (like the bud of a lotus flower), keeping contact between the tips of the little fingers and the outer edges of the thumbs. Spread the other fingers open as wide as you can.
Then visualise the lotus filling with pure prana and love, giving you all you need in abundance. Offer the flower of your heart, expanding and opening with each breath to receive Divine Grace.
For maximum effectiveness mudras should be practised with a symmetrical and centred body posture – chest, neck and head straight in one line. The hands are relaxed, with a light pressure of the fingers.
15 – 30 minutes divided during the day or all in one go.
Let me know if you try it!
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– “Hand book on union with God through finger postures”, Aparna Choudhuri, Aparajita Publishing, Puttaparthi, India (2007)