Ruda Mudra for Solar Plexus & MoreThe Rudra Mudra helps to govern and activate the Solar Plexus Chakra.  Here are the steps of the Rudra Mudra that will help you to gain control over the Solar Plexus Chakra and center the body:

1.  Sit down comfortably with your back straight and chin and chest held high.  Breathe in and out through your nose.

2.  Raise your hands and press the tips of each index finger, thumb, and ring finger together. The middle finger and little finger should extend straight out.

3.  Hold this posture for at least five minutes. You can perform the Rudra Mudra up to three to six times in a day.

The Benefits of practicing the Rudra Mudra helps relieve, regulate and or improve the following symptoms:

Rudra Mudra for Solar Plexus & More

 

Heart Breath Practice

February 15th, 2015 | Posted by Velda in ENERGY HEALING | MEDITATIONS & MUDRAS

Heart Breath Practice

I wanted to complete the February heart theme with the following Heart Breath Practice that is from the amazing book, Planetary Healing Spirit Medicine for Global Transformation, by Nicki Scully and Mark Hallert:

Heart Breath PracticeRelax.  Close your eyes and take a couple of deep, calming breaths.  Focus on your heart.  Look within and find the eternal flame of your being that dwells in the sanctuary of your heart center.  This flame is the  spark of your Soul that endures throughout time.

Heart Breath Practice

As you bring your heart flame into focus, access whatever inner senses are available to you—sight, hearing, feeling, knowing, imagination…then activate feelings of love in your heart and use those feelings to feed your heart flame.  Love is the fuel.

HEart Breath Practice

Feel love in your heart. It brightens, it intensifies, it spreads warmth and light throughout your being.  Breathe as though you are drawing vitality from the heart of the Earth.  Breathe in energy from all the elements, minerals and plants.  Hold your breath for a moment while the intelligence of Earth mingles with the love that you continue to pour on your heart flame.

Heart Breath PracticeAs you exhale, the charged energy radiates out from the heart center, igniting every cell with life-force energy and love.  Take several deep Earth Breaths—simultaneously extend your consciousness upward toward the heart of the cosmos.  You are inhaling power from the Earth and drawing vitality from all the heavenly bodies and the intelligence that permeates the universe.

Heart Breath PracticeHold your breath for a moment as these energies combine with love.  With each out-breath, experience the growing life-force energy, intelligence, love, and radiance that extend throughout your body and beyond.  When you feel in that perfect place of equilibrium between Earth and Sky, you can meditate quietly within this glow until you are ready to open your eyes…

Heart Breath Practice

Standing In The Forest Meditation

November 13th, 2014 | Posted by Velda in MEDITATIONS & MUDRAS

Standing In The Forest Meditation

This meditation is based on imitating the characteristics of a tree.  When you walk through a forest of trees do you consider how the trees stand still and upright, with their roots running deep into the ground?  Do you feel the synergy between the plants and animals?Standing In The Forest Mediation

I invite you to practice the following meditation in the moonlight or sunrays to experience more FOREST  AWARENESS:

Standing In The Forest Meditation

1.   During forest meditation, focus on becoming one with the natural world.

2.  Stay absolutely still and maintain that posture for as long as possible.

3.  Visualize the mystical and magical qualities of the forest.

4.  Listen for the harmonizing sounds of the neighboring animals.

5.  When ready to emerge from the forest, take a deep breath and continue walking.

6.  Hopefully you saw, felt, and heard more by standing still and being one with the trees.

*This was adapted from Meditation Healing Book and Card Pack Energize Your Mind and Restore Your Body, by Christopher Titmuss

Apaan Mudra-Detoxify, purify, Energize

Mudras help to channel the flow of energy through the body.  The five fingers represent the five elements:
Apaan Mudra-Detoxify, Purify, EnergizeThumb – Fire.
Index – Air.
Middle – Ether or the spaces between cells within the body.
Ring – Earth.
Pinky – Water.

From a yoga scientific perspective, electromagnetic currents in the body are brought into balance by joining fingers in a variety of ways. Accordingly, a mudra is believed to affect the flow of energy or prana through the body.

The Apaan Mudra is known as the purification mudra.  It cleanses the body and thus helps in elimination of waste matter from nose, mouth, ears and eyes. It is very useful in case of stomachache, constipation, and urinary problems.

Here are the simple directions for using the Apaan Mudra:

1.  Stand or sit up straight.  2. Bend middle, ring fingers and thumb so that their tips are touching.  Index and little fingers are pointing straight.  3.  The Apaan Mudra is usually performed with both hands and held for at least 30 minutes. (You can divide it into three sessions of 10 to 15 minutes).

Apaan Mudra-Detoxify, Purify, Energize

Pran Mudra Stimulates Root Chakra

The Pran Mudra, also known as the Mudra of Life, is thought to energize or stimulate the Root Chakra.  This mudra brings vitality and energy, reduces fatigue and nervousness, and improves vision. Practicing the Pran Mudra also helps in detoxifying the body.

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1. Sit down in a relaxing position, with your eyes closed.  Concentrate on your breathing.

2. Rest your hands in your lap.  Bend your little finger and ring finger to touch the thumb.

3. Keep the index finger and middle finger straight.

4. Make sure that you perform this mudra with both the hands.

5. You can do this anywhere, anytime for however long you wish!

6. There are no contraindications and the side effects are great!

7. Enjoy this simple and accessible technique whenever you need a bit more balance and ease.

Acceptance Mudra

September 12th, 2014 | Posted by Velda in ENERGY HEALING | MEDITATIONS & MUDRAS

Acceptance Mudra

To Use Acceptance Mudra:  Keep the Acceptance Mudra position for at least a couple of minutes. It is usually more effective to  hold a while longer, like 15 minutes or so. You might spread that time over the day, but you could also make it part of meditation.  Use the finger-positions with both hands, at the same time. This will have a more powerful effect than doing the mudra with just one hand.

Hand Position:  The index finger is folded into the space between thumb and this finger, so that the nail touches the fold. The outer lower corner of the thumb’s nail touches the inner lower corner of the pinky finger’s nail.

 Emotional /Spiritual Use:  To overcome sadness or an unnecessary resistance to situations.   This mudra can help you to get into a mood of acceptance.

Reminder:  Hold the finger positions with both hands, for at least a couple of minutes.

Acceptance Mudra

 

Feminine Body Blessing Exercise

The following Body Blessing Exercise is from Tami Kent’s book, Wild Feminine, Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body.  Hopefully you will take time to honor yourself and experience the feminine healing power when repeating these blessings. I use this exercise as a reading meditation.

Body Blessing Exercise

 Bless my feet and legs; let them walk with the grounding energy of the earth.

 Bless my pelvis that, I may hold my values as a woman,

make space for my creations, and release what no longer belongs with me.

Bless my vagina; may I be clear about what I bring into or release from my body or life.

Bless my feminine organs,

that I use my creative potential in ways that are beneficial and sustainable for my spirit.

Bless my belly; may I be in my place of feminine power.

Bless my hands and arms; may they cultivate and receive a joyful bounty.

Bless my heart and chest,

that I receive and give fully the love I share with others.

Bless my breasts, that I nourish myself as lovingly as I nourish my creations.

Bless my throat and head; may I speak my truth and clarify my visions.

Bless the paths behind and ahead of me,

that they may transform what I carry into the future.

Bless the place I now stand as a woman;

may I be fully present in my body and life and celebrate the blessings of this moment.

Feminine Body Blessing Exercises

Little Finger Energy #5 Meditation

The second chakra, which is the energetic center of sexuality, is associated with the little finger.  It deals with interpersonal relationships and the ability to communicate.  Chinese practitioners find the heart meridian to be in this finger.  Joyful, fulfilling relationships not only warm the heart, but also nourish and strengthen it.  In turn, strong heart energy gives us the ability to be happy.  Our mood, which is always the sum of present feelings, can be compared to the waves on the surface of a lake.  (They are rhythmically-harmonious or vehement; the water is clear and clean, or shallow, heavy, dark, and dirty).

Little Finger Energy #5 Meditation

Thus the importance of the following Little Finger Exercise:

1.  Sit or lie down.  Encircle your left little finger with the four fingers of your right hand.  Close your eyes. Visualize you are sitting by the sea and observing the waves—they come toward you, and roll back out and disappear.  The same applies to your feelings, moods, and relationships with others.

2.  Bring awareness to giving and receiving love.  You only receive as much love as you can unconditionally give. This doesn’t necessarily mean great deeds. A friendly, warm heart for fellow human beings, animals, plants, water, air, and earth are entirely enough.

3.  Happily think of someone that might need some encouragement.  Believe in this individual’s abilities and good heart.  Imagine entire scenes in which this person is cheerful and loving themselves.Little Finger Energy #5 Meditation

4.  Now visualize yourself radiating from goodwill and unconditional love throughout your body.  If difficult, have patience.  Time will come when your heart will overflow with joy.

5.  Continue holding your little finger for a while and feel the flowing warmth.  Then encircle your right finger and hold it for the same amount of time.

 The Finger meditation exercises found in Mudras Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi.

 

 

Ring Finger Energy #4 Meditation

 

The ring finger is associated with the Root Chakra, which rules the pelvic floor.  This force gives stamina, staying power, and the power to be assertive.

Liver and triple warmer meridians are also associated with the ring finger.  The Liver meridian gives a person patience, serenity, hope and vision for the future.  The triple warmer rules protective body functions, including the immune system.  This finger provides stability.

Ring Finger Energy Exercise from Mudras Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi:

Ring Finger Energy #4 Meditation

 

1.  Sit or lie down.  Encircle left finger with the four fingers of your right hand.  Close your eyes.

1.  Imagine bare earth as a desert that is dried out from being exposed to the sun.

2.  Now imagine fertile earth, with little plants, bigger plants. Focus on one single seed deep within the Earth.

3.  With every breath, something move inside until the seed bursts and a shoot stretches into the light.

4.  Visualize a young tree sprouting roots deep into the earth.  The tree blooms every year and bares fruit.

5.  Like the tree, we want to give ourselves completely to life and every year our inner development continues.  We decisively influence whether it is joyful or sorrowful.

7.  Keep holding your left finger for a while and feel the flowing warmth.  Then encircle your right finger and hold it for the same amount of time.

Tomorrow is the last of the Finger Energy Exercises!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Finger Energy Meditation #3

 

Hindus call this finger the heavenly finger and classify it with the throat chakra, which both are called “keeper of the threshold.” This symbolism represents the gateway of purity, which only opens when the student is pure in spirit and in heart.  In order to progress on our spiritual journey, we must fulfill our duties on Earth.  This is indicated by its inherent meridians (circulation and gallbladder.)  Both help us seize and master the challenges of life.  Drive, activity, risk, and the joy of taking action are their qualities.

Middle Finger Energy Meditation #3 is described in Mudras Yoga in Your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi.   Either sit or lie down.  Encircle the right middle finger with the four left hand fingers.  Close your eyes and begin:

Middle Finger Energy Meditation #3

1.  Imagine yourself doing what you enjoy doing the most, using your talents to master all obstacles placed in your path.

2.  You are successful at what you do and mentally envision what that success looks like.

3.  What you do enriches your family, friends, individual human beings and/or the entire world.

4..  Extensively imagine the constant contact with the divine forces that help show you the way.

Middle Finger Energy Meditation #3

 

5.  Ask inner wisdom for guidance, if you are not satisfied with your occupation, or have no leisure activities or interests that suit you.   Also ask for the initiative, which the middle finger symbolizes, to actually tackle the matter at hand.

6.  Above all, request help from the divine powers—enter into a close, trusting partnership with them.

7.  Keep holding your finger in silence for a short time and feel the flowing warmth.  Lastly, encircle the left middle finger with your four right-handed fingers and hold.  These hand positions have an excellent effect on tension in the neck.