Mudra means "seal" or "mark" and is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture. Most are performed with the hands and fingers, although some involve the entire body. They are used in meditation, martial arts, yoga or pranayama in order to direct energy flow within the body.
Mudras can help us to come back to intentions within our practice. They stimulate different areas of our brains and bodies. They can even produce specific energies and states of mind.
MUDRAS CAN HELP US TO COME BACK TO INTENTIONS WITHIN OUR PRACTICE.
When practicing mudras, our fingers each represent a specific universal element:
- Our thumb represents the fire element.
- Our index finger represents the air element.
- Our middle finger represents the space element.
- Our ring finger represents earth element.
- Our pinky finger represents water element.
Mudras can help us to create a balance of the elements within ourselves.
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Want to gain a better understanding of the mudras you're touching upon in your yoga practice and incorporate them more consciously? We're going to be breaking down mudras weekly in our #MudraMonday series.
To find a mood of acceptance and overcome sadness, the acceptance mudra is a strong one to add to your practice. Practice this mudra if you find that you're resisting a situation and would like to find acceptance. Especially as we move into the new year, the acceptance mudra is a great gesture to practice if you feel a bit stuck in the past and would like to acknowledge a bit and move forward..
TRY ACCEPTANCE MUDRA
Standing or sitting in a comfortable position, extend your arms out in front of you. Fold your index finger so that it folds along the inside of your thumb. Next, rest your thumb on the nail of your pinky. Extend your middle and ring finger outwards.
Try incorporating the Acceptance Mudra into your meditation or yoga practice as you wish when you are working through something and seek moving forward.
"The Moment you accept what troubles you've been given, the door will open." - Rumi
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