Try as we might, the holiday season is always a hectic one. Balancing work, family, and friends is especially busy during this time of joy, relaxation, and wonder. I have talked about my meditation practice before on the blog, and in the next few blog posts, I want to revisit this idea and expound upon mantras a bit. Mantras can be a tool used to help bring calm, focus, and positivity to daily life, which can definitely help during these next few weeks of craziness!
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Did anyone else look in the mirror this morning and poke at the dark circles under their eyes? Did you grab that bright red lipstick to brighten up your face? Well, if you felt bedraggled this morning and looked a little rumpled, this is the mudra for you.
Welcome back to the Zenned Out blog for the second post in our series on yoga mudras. Last week we provided a brief overview of mudras and their benefits. Today and in the following weeks, I want to dive a bit deeper into each individual mudra. Yoga mudras are a set of hand gestures corresponding to the five elements (fire, air, water, earth, and heaven/ether) that help to focus and balance the human body. The Prithvi Mudra is so-called because it helps to equalize the element of Prithvi, or earth, within the body. It is also said to activate the root chakra.
Have you ever been to a yoga class and had your instructor invite you to touch your thumb to your pointer finger? Do you know what this is or why it is done during yoga and meditation? This action is called a mudra, Sanskrit for “mark” or “seal,” which is a symbolic, ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.
I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family during this holiday season. The holidays come and go so quickly, it can be difficult to fully dwell in the moment and embrace the joy and comfort of the season. Today I want to talk about a special mantra as we close out our mantra series for the month of December. The phrase Om Namah Shivaya is known as the greatest redeeming mantra and translates to “I bow to Shiva” or “I honor the divinity within myself.”