At Sadhana, we’re dedicated to all aspects of yoga.
Bringing asana (postures), chanting, meditation, and breath awareness together offers a clear path for enhancing health, wellbeing, and spiritual growth. We offer the rich history, philosophy, and teachings of the yoga tradition to students and teachers alike.
Sadhana, from the Sanskrit, means "conscious spiritual practice". Our teachings reflect a philosophy that views oneself from the inside out, rather than from the outside in, cultivating fearlessness, awe and delight in the world around us.
Mudra (Sanskrit – mudrã), seal, mark or gesture, is a symbolic or ritual gesture in both Hinduism and Buddhism. Together, mudras are a non-verbal form of both communication and self-expression, consisting of hand gestures and finger postures. Mudras can be traced back to Vedic times when they were used to regulate stress, rhythm and intonation in the chanting of the Vedas. Mudras continued to play a role in ritual offerings to deities and in the visual portrayal of different gods and goddesses, as well as classical Indian dance techniques.
Mudras have evolved to transcend religion and are currently used all over the world as part of the practice of yoga. In order to stimulate effective breathing and to encourage the flow of prana in the body, different mudras can be employed during seated poses like Padmasana, Sukhasana or Vajrasana.
We often begin our yoga practice in Anjali mudra, palms together at the front of the heart center. Anjali means, “divine offering” or “to salute,” and so it translates to “sealing of the divine.” It is a centering pose, which helps alleviate stress and anxiety and is used to assist the practitioner in achieving focus, and in coming into a meditative state. Anjali mudra is also used in poses that vary in level of challenge and orientation: Vrksasana (tree), Virabhadrasana (warrior 1), Prasarita Padottanasana (wide-legged forward bend), Hanumanasana (splits,) Anjaneyasana (lunge), Malasana (garland), Tadasana (mountain), Matsyasana (fish), and Urdhva Hastasana (upward salute.)
There is also a reverse Anjali mudra, or Pashchima (the West) Namaskara (greeting). This is used in Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Over One Leg), with the hands in prayer behind the back. This posture increases flexibility and strength of your upper back while teaching your body the internal rotation of the arm. This mudra can bring about a heightened awareness and a calming of the mind.
There are mudras that are not done with the hands, but with the eyes, the tongue, or consist of body positions or breathing techniques. There are many, many beautiful and powerful mudras that we can explore this month – engaging certain areas of the brain and/or soul and possibly exert a corresponding influence on them.
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