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The Power of Mudras

Let me give you a little bit of a back story about this blog and what took me to research more about this fascinating topic. 

I have four Unalomes tattooed inside each of my fingers. A couple of months ago I was showing my friend Kimani my Unalomes and as I was showing her my tattoos I folded my index and middle finger and pointed the rest of the fingers at her so she could take a look at the art detail on my fingers. Right away my friend re-arranged my hand to point away from her and she proceeded me to explain how your hand and fingers redirect energy flow. She also showed me which finger corresponded to the five basic elements (fire, air, earth, water, and ether).

I had know about hand gestures used in Hinduism but I had no idea what they meant or more importantly the innate powers hands hold.

  Mudras can be used to instigate particular energy flows and stimulate different emotions, spiritual reactions, and reactions in the body.  By pressing together, curling, touching or pointing different fingers or parts of the hands you can stimulate reflexes from the hand to the brain, stimulate endorphins, change your mood and increase your vitality.

It is said that there exist close to 399 mudras that have been used for centuries! Most commonly, they are performed during meditation or in pranayama practice but they can performed at anytime during your personal ritual as long as they are done in full concentration and in a state of serenity.

Today I am sharing with you a very special Mudra for this month: More Love- inspired by the Anahata Chakra (fourth Chakra) This Mudra amplifies the energy of love. 

You can sit on a Lotus asana or lay down, place your thumbs right on your chest (Fourth chakra), take some time to send your intentions to the universe and take a few deep breaths.

Happy practice!