This is my first ever blog, I’ve been having some improvements made to my website and a blog and raising my Facebook profile came top of his list. This I have to say filled me with dread because I have always been rubbish at social media!
However, whilst out running ( another new thing that never seems to get any easier ) I thought, yes I could do it if I was able to think of subjects that would interest people that come and may potentially come to my classes. Then I couldn’t start because there were so many topics to choose from…
Mudras – I love them and use them so much in my classes but why and what do they do? They are used to signify a gesture, a mystic position of the hands or a seal or a lock of energy made through these hand, eye and body positions and also breathing techniques. We can effectively engage and influence our body and mind by bending, crossing, extending or touching the fingers…wow! In yoga there are 25 different mudras with every area of the hand forming a reflex zone for an associated part of the body and brain. In this way the hands are a mirror for our body and mind.
These are my top 5 mudras and why I use them so much.
Calling my yoga offerings Radiant Heart Yoga is a bit of a give away and yes the heart mudras are at the top of my list because our hands are true conductors of our hearts. The word love is used a lot these days and whilst its meaning has been watered down all of us really want the same thing: to plug back in and power up our connection to the heart so that we become more energetic, loving and filled with forgiveness.
Abhaya Hridaya Mudra
Cross your hands at your wrists so the top of your hands face back to back. Then begin to hook your pinkies together, followed by your ring fingers and then your index fingers. What remains are your middle fingers and thumbs; bring them together to touch. Hover the Courageous Heart Mudra in front of and around your heart. Stay here and meditate on having the courage to keep your heart open and loving, especially during those difficult times in your life when fear, hate, or anger pull you away. No matter how many times you have closed down your heart or turned your back on love, it’s OK. You can open your heart again. Love belongs to you!
The Lotus is the timeless symbol of transformation, as it rises up out of the mud without a drop of mud on it. Bring your hands together at your heart and then open your palms, keeping the pinkies and thumbs touching.
This mudra represents unshakeable self-confidence, inner strength, and faith in something greater. Interlace your fingers with your thumbs up, drawing your elbows wide and place your hands in front of your heart.
Hook your thumbs in front of your heart spread your fingers wide and get ready to FLY!
Hridaya Padma Mudra
Bring your palms together in front of your heart and slightly separate the palms so your hands look like a lotus flower bud. With each inhale you offer to your Heart Fire, silently repeat the quality that is arising: shanti (peace), prema (love), santosha (contentment). As you rest in these healing qualities, offer up any dissonant thought waves, subconsciously held tensions, or contracted emotions into the fire of your heart. Make a final prayer or dedication, then bring your hands gently overhead and let them move down your body in a cascade of renewal.
I give credits here to Shiva Rae and Dana Trixie Flyne two of my favourite teachers
Being vegan I do get asked quite often what exactly I eat so I would like to share one of my staple dishes. I am by no means an expert on food or healthy eating but I am very interested in it and I am hoping to get some of your ideas back so that I can try them. This recipe was first made by my sister and has been gradually honed by us both over the years.
Sally and Jane’s Nut Roast
4oz Gluten Free Bread ( made into crumbs)
8oz Cashew Nuts (Processed to a fine powder)
8oz Mushrooms sliced
1 Onion finely chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic finely chopped
2 tsp of Rosemary and of Thyme
1 tsp of Boullion Stock powder
1 tbl Tamari
2 carrots, piece of celery and a leek ( steamed and processed into a thick paste)
Salt & Pepper
- Fry the onions in a little water.
- Mix all of the other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl except the mushrooms.
- Fry the mushrooms in the same pan and set to the side.
- Grease a bread tin and spread half of the mixture into the bottom.
- Later the cooked mushrooms on top and the add the remaining mixture and spread evenly.
- Cook at 180 degrees for an hour covered with foil and then remove the foil to brown for about 10 minutes.
Enjoy with a big salad or as part of a traditional Sunday Roast dinner.
See you again for my next blog next month!!