Yoga for beginners

Namaste and Hand Mudras for beginners

Knowledege Mudra

 

Namaste and Hand Mudras for beginners

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Pay attention to your hands. They are the most amazing tools to express and act in this world.

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Give a moment to release your hands and wrists from tension by pressing them.

Press your wrist with one hand and squeeze it gently, squeeze your fingers and palms, it feels great.

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You could translate the saying of Namaste as “The light in me salutes the light in you”

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Namaste is a common spoken salutation originating from India. It is a greeting when individuals meet or when they are parting. A non-contact form of salutation is traditionally preferred in India and Namaste is the most common form of such a salutation.

As it is most commonly used, namaste is roughly equivalent to “greetings” or “good day,” in English, implicitly with the connotation “to be well”. As opposed to shaking hands, kissing or embracing each other in other cultures, Namaste is a non-contact form of respectful greeting and can be used universally while meeting a person of different gender, age or social status.

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = Namaste, which means “I bow to you” – my greetings, salutations to you.

When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. This gesture or Mudra can also be performed wordlessly and carries the same meaning.

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Hand Mudras are hands positions to express a certain intention.

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Pressing certain fingers to one another lightens up different areas of your brain. Like in reflexology, pressing, fingers or toes, creates more electrical activity in your brain.

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Namaste is a friendly greeting in written communication, or generally between people when they meet. When used at funerals to greet the guests, the verbal part is usually omitted. When the hand position is higher, it usually means reverence and or worship. The expression with hands placed on top of one’s head is usually the sign of utmost reverence or respect.

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Press your palms together

When you are pressing your palms together you can give yourself a moment and think about the shadow side that rests inside your hands and the light side that rests outside your hands. Each finger represents different things and aspects of your life.

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While putting them together, we are embracing what we are, light and shadow, at the same time. Positivity and negativity can also reside together at the same time.

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In the center there is a secret place inside your palm, that means center, symbolizes that clear space within, that rests within you, which is neither happiness nor drama, it is a place of pure center.

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This is a place where you are focused, you are present, and it is powerful, it is the ultimate home.

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That clear space within, exists always and it is unaffected by what it is going on outside.

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You may always come back to press your palms together at your heart and think of this reality within you.

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The Mudra of knowledge

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Thumb and first finger making a circle.

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This Mudra carries the intention of when you want to remind yourself that you belong to a human, physical and divine nature, they are united, in this moment.

We are divine, we are powerful, but we are also human.

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So we have to live in the real world, and deal with real world stuff, realizing this, letting go of this as a form of weight over your shoulders, you may forgive yourself some of your mistakes. You can also remember your higher nature exists, and kind of go with the flow from there. Draw a circle with your hands, reminding you of the constant flow between the divinity and the humanity circling inside of us.

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Let yourself go and have a break too. The Mudra reminds that you are alright and also may be inspiring at any time.

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You can also interlace the two hands and make a union with the two circles your fingers draw.

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Bring you back into that space of center, gratitude, and knowledge of your own capability of being yourself any moment you are in.

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There is always a way to come back to center and in order to do that:  hand Mudra is a simple guide for you to do so.

 

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