Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mudra - Yoga for Hands

This gesture symbolises the connected nature of human consciousness with the divine

As an aesthetician for over twenty years, the touch of my hands on a face has been the vehicle for how I would communicate a sense of calming peace and ahimsa to my clients. In applying a Puja Attar (vetiver + edwardian rose!) the other day, it occurred to me that I was using specific marma points in placing this plant perfume (in the tradition of Ayurveda, a marma is a vital energy point located on the surface of the body), but I also noticed that I was holding my hands in a specific mudra position as well.
The significance of this realization to me was to note how important our own touch is to the overall healing process and that applying nourishing skin care products via massage of face and body is an important and significant part of this process. When you apply natural and vital nutrients to skin with your hands, as you do when you apply evanhealy products, it sends a message of self caring and reassurance to your psyche and your body -- your touch is also activating and awakening the life force in these products which supports natural beauty and long term benefits.

What's a Mudra? (source/Mudras: Yoga in your Hands - Gertrud Hirschi) A Mudra has many meanings. It is a gesture, a mystic position of the hands, a seal, or even a symbol....There are also eye positions, body postures and breathing techniques that are called mudras. These symbolic finger movements can vividly depict certain states or processes of consciousness, or lead to the states of consciousness they symbolize.

The best-known hand mudra of yoga is the position called Chin Mudra: the index finger and the thumb touch. The thumb is symbolic of the divine and the index finger is symbolic of individual (human) consciousness...The ultimate goal being the unifying of humanity with cosmic consciousness. This gesture, the touching of index finger to thumb in a circle, expresses this this gesture, inspiration and intuition form a closed unity.

The next time you apply evanhealy Cleansers, Day Moisturizers, Whipped Shea Butters or Oil Serum to your face, take the time to close your eyes and inhale the gentle fragrances and notice how soothing your own touch is to your spirit and skin.

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1 comment:

  1. This is so lovely! I feel you are sharing the sadhana of self care through self-touch. You've written so beautifully about the sacred and healing way we can nurture ourselves. To care for ourselves the way we take care of sacred statues. Thank you for this gentle reminder!

    I also would like to know if you purchased the picture above or if it is a publicly accessible photo. I'd like to use it for my blog piece about graceful, embodied movement. Come have a look when you can :) I'm going to use the pix and will hopefully find out if I need to pay something for it soon!

    THanks again!