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February's Theme of the Month is Mudra

Our February Theme of the Month is Mudra

The word “Mudra” is Sanskrit for seal (as in the old fashioned wax-impression kind), mark, or gesture.

Kelly McGonigal, Stanford University professor of psychology, yoga, and meditation, wrote, “Mudra (hand gesture) is a method of citta-bhavana, or cultivating a specific state of mind. There are dozens of mudras, and each represents a certain quality, such as compassion, courage, or wisdom. It is believed that, by practicing mudra, you awaken the seeds of these states within you.”

“But the power of these seemingly simple hand gestures goes far beyond adding focus to your practice. Mudras can remind you of two important pieces of yogic wisdom. First, you are already whatever you seek to be. It’s easy to see courage and wisdom in the stories and images of Hindu deities or the Buddha. It’s much more difficult to see that those qualities reside in you. Mudras can remind you that these are not traits that you either have or don’t have. They are states that you consciously choose to feel and express. Second, mudra practice can help you find a way to translate good intentions into skillful actions. Mudras are the bridge between your inner spiritual experience and your outer interactions with the world. Actions speak louder than words, and mudras are like prayers translated into physical form.”

Be Yoga Charlotte’s Blog

Pro-Tips & Etiquette, by Kaitlin Lacey

Is yoga your new year’s resolution? Here are some pro-tips to ensure you enjoy the experience, and some etiquette pointers so you’ll know how yogis roll. Arrive 10-15 Minutes Before Class Starts. Having time to talk to the teacher about injuries or other... read more

I have always wanted to save the world, by Wendy Swanson

I have always wanted to save the world. When I was in elementary school I befriended every odd girl out partly because I too felt like the odd girl out and partly because I could not stand any injustice or seeing someone else suffer. I grew up in a middle class... read more

What is Yoga? by Mara Healy

“Yoga is the teacher of yoga; yoga is to be understood through yoga. So live in yoga to realize yoga; comprehend yoga through yoga; he who is free from distractions enjoys yoga through yoga.” ~Sri Vyasa (first commentator on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali) What does... read more

Beer and Yoga: My Experience, by Wendy Swanson

Every once in awhile there is something that gnaws at me and will not let go until I do something about it. My experience assisting a yoga class at a brewery is one of those times. I’ve been reluctant to share this, since my viewpoint goes against the grain and... read more
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