Module 5 – Lesson 2.2: Mudras
Module 5 – Lesson 2.2:
Did you know that the human hand has over 500 nerve receptors per square centimetre??! And that the tips of our fingers contain more nerve endings than most other parts of our bodies?
Hand gestures (or mudras) guide energy flow and direct messages to the brain. Different fingers correspond with different areas in the body, brain and emotions. Certain mudras lift the mood, others calm the mind.
Follow the videos below to incorporate simple practices into your day.
SA TA NA MA
SA TA NA MA is a primal chant that is know to impact our psyche or the mind. The translation is below:
• SA represents the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was or will be.
• TA represents life, existence and creativity that manifests from infinity.
• NA represents death, change and the transformation of consciousness.
• MA represents rebirth, regeneration, which allows us to consciously experience joy.
In this practice the focus is on the space between your eyebrows, your third eye. If you get a headache during this practice, visualise energy coming in through the crown (top of the head) and going out the third eye in an L shape.
On both hands, we start touching the index finger to the thumb, then the middle finger touching the thumb, then ring finger touching the thumb, then little finger touching the thumb. We repeat this sequence silently and continuously. The pace is approximately 1 second per fingertip.
Each finger represents one of the 5 elements: thumb (fire), index (air), middle (space), ring (earth), little (water). Touching as per above balances the elements and brings a meditative focus.
Benefits – this practice stimulates the nerve endings in the fingertips balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain, positively changing our habits and settling our insecurities.