This month we’re cultivating a deeper self-love, the kind that transcends giving yourself compliments, nourishing your body with healthy whole foods, and providing your body with energy and movement. While all of these things are so important, and it’s nice to wake up and have a good hair day or see a number on the scale that’s pleasing and to really feel beautiful, we’re talking about a kind of self-love where none of that really matters after all. This month we’re acknowledging that while feeling beautiful is wonderful, knowing you are on a soul level is forever warming.
Seated Meditation with Various Mudras
- Thymus Tapping – We call these “heart” taps and you might have practiced this in a restorative class. Your thymus gland is located right at the center of your chest. The word thymus comes from the Greek work “thymos” which translates to “life energy” and this gland is in charge of keeping your own energy vibrating at high frequency. These thymus taps stimulate the gland and activate a happy hormone that’ll leave you feeling warmer, more energetic, and a little less obsessed with every day stress.
- Find a comfortable seat
- Allow one hand to rest on a knee, either with the palm down for grounding, or the palm up to receive energy
- With the opposite hand, find your chest bone and tap firmly with your hand open or in a fist for two minutes
- Anjali Mudra – We use this often in vinyasa classes to draw energy to the heart, but you can also use Anjali mudra to transfer energy up and away as an offering. Anjali mudra is a seal of composure and reminds us to come back to the heart where we gather all of our resources. Lifting the arms up overhead acts as a prayer of sorts, so that we might lead with the heart in every day interactions
- From standing or seated, bring your palms together to touch
- Press energy into your palms, and allow your chest to widen so you can feel some space under your armpits
- Vajrapradama Mudra – Use this for building inner trust and tackling insecurities when it comes to your self-dialogue. This mudra acts as a shield to the heart, and forms the base for healthy self-confidence when you feel like you just cannot deal with an issue at hand.
- From seated, interlace your fingers and draw your thumbs wide
- Lift your interlocked fingers right in front of your heart space
- Begin to find some resistance by pulling outward and creating a long line of energy from elbow to elbow
- Lotus Mudra – This one purifies and opens the heart chakra. The lotus flower is a symbol of light and beauty emerging from muddy roots, so practicing this mudra in meditation can be helpful in rising from any personal darkness.
- Spread your fingers wide and bring the base of your palms together to touch
- Touch your thumbs and pinky fingers together to create a bowl-like shape with your hands
- Try inhaling and moving the mudra up to your third eye, and then letting your breath go as you draw the mudra back to your heart
Some Benefits of Seated Meditation (There Are So Many):
- Supports emotional well-being
- Helps to ignore distractions
- Quiets Ego
- Improves immune system and energy level
- Fosters a deep self-love