Mudra of the Month: Connecting with One's Essence

Mudra means "To Please", and is a way to invoke the unseen forces for health and happiness. You can literally manifest your destiny with the palm of your hands.

The month of March is the 3rd month of the year. The number 3 corresponds to the planetary influence of Jupiter. Jupiter is the deliverer of spiritual and material abundance, expansion, and growth, as it is the largest planet in our solar system. This planetary influence represents balance, fairness, and rising to greater heights by taking leaps of faith toward one's passions and dreams. It is a great month to connect to our greatness and inner flame of Light.

This mudra comes in a month where we complete the cycle of Saturn and enter the Sun at the Spring Equinox on the 21st. We are in a vibration of going inward in order to sprout outward in bigger and greater ways. This hand posture supports the clearing of old mental tapes and stories, the releasing of emotional pain and trauma, and the inward reflection of the true beauty and strength of the soul in order to embrace one's essence.

Gyan Mudra, the posture of touching the tip of the thumb (Mars) to the tip of the index finger (Jupiter), is an ancient and powerful mudra for allowing the Divine Self to take over the lower self/ego. It alone has a multitude of healing benefits, and is used for deep inner reflection and mental balance. Crossing the arms (left arm closest to the body) in front of the heart is an ancient heart protection and healing posture. Together, they work to balance the mind and heart in order to expand the soul to infinite success in health, career, and relationships.

How To Perform This Mudra:

1. Straighten the spine in a comfortable posture sitting, standing, or laying down.

2. Rub your hands together vigorously.

3. Touch the thumb (Mars) to the index finger (Jupiter) on both hands.

4. Cross the arms with the left arm closest to the body, and the right arm on the outside in front of the heart.

5. Hold the mudra so that the left palm is facing the right wall, and the right palm is facing the left wall.

6. Relax your shoulders and elongate the spine, allowing the chest to rise and the chin to gently relax in and up. Close the eyes and focus at the brow (3rd eye) point.

7. Smile, breathe long deep breaths, chant Triple Mantra, or practice Three Part Breath (See Below).

In-Joy!

3-Part Breath (Optional):

Inhale slowly into the belly, rib cage, and upper chest for a count of 20. Hold the breath and squeeze the rectum for a count of 20. Exhale from the chest, rib cage, and belly, drawing the navel in toward the spine for a count of 20. Repeat the breath for a total of 3 minutes. SMILE!

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