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Finger Yoga 1 – 3
4 November , 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 2 December , 2012 @ 5:00 pm SMT
We use our hands to communicate how we feel and to feel better. We often put our hand onto our heart centre to show sadness or empathy. We also do this to help ease our own heartache. Or we put our hand on the lower back when our breath is laboured. Touch is intuitive, powerful and an integral part of our being. Gestures are ancient and cultural and how we use them has been an innate part of who we are.
Everything is a microcosm, a map of a larger universe. In reflexology, the foot and the ear relate to the entire body so it’s not surprising that our hands, the instrument of touch and connection with the environment, have their own meanings. You may be familiar with the mound of Venus or the life line from astrology and palmistry. Perhaps less well-known is that each finger represents an element and chakra or corresponds to a meridian family or relates to an attitude.
What are Mudras?
The exact origin of mudras is unknown and the most quoted translation is from the Sanskrit word meaning “seal”. Mudras are used in symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism but can be seen in Egyptian ruins and ancient Indian statues. They are also used in yoga and martial arts. Like the mysterious origins of the word itself, mudras are mystical in nature but yet can be so simple, practical and very effective.
Mudras are usually gestures and positions of hands and fingers but can be of the entire body. By touching finger or thumb pad to pad or pad to finger crease with one or both hands, we are able to tap into an amazing range of benefits. Specific positions facilitate energy flow on different levels and direct the life energy emitted by our fingers toward parts of the body. Connecting our fingers create circuits that can help us connect to different frequencies of energies, including divine energy and cosmic consciousness. Mudras also help to activate meridians and chakras, bringing balance to the body.
There are mudras for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Mudra practice can open the door to inner peace, wellness and awareness. Moods and attitudes can be altered, allowing for greater self-knowledge. The positions can be as simple as making the OK sign or more complex involving both hands interlacing in intricate arrangements. Truly finger yoga. However, the effectiveness does not correlate with the complexity of the mudra.
Done consistently, even a few minutes a day, different hand positions can bring about significant change. You can combine mudras with meditation or mantra but you can easily do them on their own, whenever and wherever you are.
Every moment you hold a mudra, you are exercising flexibility of the body and of the mind. Being the mudra helps quiet the monkey brain, key to embodying different perspectives and allowing greater receptivity to all of life. Surrender is the core of yoga and finger yoga is no different. Even if just for a few mintues a day, let go and become the moment.
Going inward and devoting the practice to yourself, you can enter a sanctum of inner peace no matter where you are. The root of the word mudra is also from two other words – MUD, meaning delight and RA, meaning draw forth. So when you sit with yourself and the mudra, see what joy you can draw forth from your being. Seal in your intention for whatever change you desire.
Finger Yoga 1 – Balancing Emotions
Finger Yoga 2 – Detoxifying from Head to Toe
Finger Yoga 3 – Organ Balancing
Finger Yoga 4 – 10 Steps to Abundance – The Flow of Life
Finger Yoga 1 – 2
Dates: Sundays 4 & 25 November 2012
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Finger Yoga 3
Date: Sunday, 2 December 2012
Time:5.00pm – 8.00pm
Facilitator: Antoinette Biehlmeier
Fees: $130 each session including materials or attend Finger Yoga 1 – 3 for a special price of $300
Finger Yoga 4
Date: Sunday 16 December 2012
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Facilitator: Antoinette Biehlmeier
Finger Yoga 4 – $200 including materials, tea break
Please emailAntoinette.Biehlmeier@GalleryHelios.com or call/SMS her at 9012 1933 to register or for more information.