We’ve always been suggested by our elders to cease slouching and maintain our back erect. However, typically we are inclined to slouch even without realizing as a result of we aren’t in habit of sitting and standing straight. Due to our way of life, we find yourself often hunching your back due to continually engaged working in computers, tablets and our telephones all day long. We have found the 5 best Yoga poses to correct your posture to make you look taller, slimmer, and more confident.
This spring has been rough on me due to allergies. Watery eyes, popping ears, runny nose, headache, blah blah blah. People I know who’ve never had allergies are being affected. I have my herbal remedies and neti pot, and I admit to hitting the Benadryl occasionally.
Yesterday I hit my trusty mudra book, Yoga in your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi, and found my new friend: bhramara (bee) mudra.
The author recommends using bhramara 4 times a day for 7 minutes and as much as 8 times for 20 minutes.
If we take a more in-depth take a look at the individuals following the art of yoga, we discover more ladies yogis than males. Although males are opening up to the concept of yoga, we don’t discover many males within the yoga courses. On exploring further, it was discovered that the rationale numerous males refrain from pursuing yoga is that they understand yoga as a softer approach of exercise which doesn’t go together with their masculine image.
The one thing I noticed as I made an effort to be more unplugged is how many people talk on the phone while driving. Since last year I have been making a conscious effort to not talk and drive yet I haven’t really paid much attention to what everyone else has been doing. It was fascinating to see that more often than not people are talking on the phone while driving, or I was sitting behind a driver at a stop sign or light texting instead of paying attention to traffic.
Peaceful and tension, not two words commonly used together.
I’ve been practicing and teaching Matangi mudra quite a bit recently. Fingers interlocked in child’s prayer hands, middle fingers extended skyward in front of the solar plexus. Used to create peace and harmony in the body, I feel the positioning of the hands channels warm energy from our physical body up through the heart pathway to our spiritual body.
What’s interesting is that while this mudra cultivates peace and harmony, it is awkward and uncomfortable to hold.
We celebrate the Earth by planting flowers and trees and by helping to clean the Mother. We also think about how we use the resources we are blessed to have.
In this meditation, we explore the Earth that is an element of our physical body. The qualities related to this element are being centered, digestion, change, and stability; very foundational aspects of our existence.
We will contemplate, without judgment, where we are with each.
Svadhistana Chakra & Shakti Mudra
Shakti Mudra invoking the Goddess of Life Energy
(Getting a good angle to take this picture was like a game of twister for the hubs & me, I think Shakti approved.)
The home of the second chakra, Svadhistana, is the pelvic structure, which is reminiscent of a bowl. The element is water; when it’s in a bowl or a glass it can be swirled and splashed.
Yoga of the Hands & Songs of the Soul
Bhudi Mudra & the Bija Mantras
From our solid base we become fluid and juicy like a ripe orange in the Svadhisthana Chakra, chakra 2. The element is water flowing like a rivers and streams through our bodies. The processes of blood, urine, semen, lympha and water are ruled by the hips. The pelvis is where sexuality is born and is the origin of our creative power.
OM Namah Shivaya
Invocation to Lord Shiva the Destroyer to clean out all of our old unwanted stuff to make room for new bright, shiny creation.
Like a mortar and pestal…
The Shiva Linga Mudra
Aids in breaking down blockages that hinder us on our path to personal freedom.
Sit in a comfortable position with your right hand giving the thumbs in front of your juicy belly and your left hand fingers cupped together below the right.
I’ve been going through a very rough time since putting my Nicki to sleep on tax day — the grief has been far harder to handle than I had imagined it would be. Thankfully I have great support system with my loving husband, wonderful family and friends who have been very patient and understanding.
I took four days away from my mat because I honestly didn’t want to be that introspective. My heart ached, my stomach was upset, my head was throbbing, and all I really wanted to do was hide under my covers.
Pondering Yogini explores the mysteries of yoga, meditation, mudra, mantra and mind-body wellness. These ancient traditions offer us a vast amount of tools and