Yoga Mudras: Jnana Mudra & Chin Mudra

Welcome back to our series of videos about the mudras (hand gestures) of yoga. This video introduces Jnana Mudra and Chin Mudra.

Jnana: knowledge/wisdom

Chin: consciousness

Mudra: seal or sign

Check out the video for more information on how, why and when to do these mudras!

 

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Yoga Mudras: Anjali Mudra

Welcome to the first in our series of videos about the mudras (hand gestures) of yoga. This video introduces Anjali Mudra (aka prayer position / salutation seal).

Anjali: offering

Mudra: seal or sign

How to do it: Simply join your hands, palm to palm, in front of your chest, fingers pointing upwards.

Why practice this gesture? This mudra is calming & centering, it connects you to your heart and evokes feelings of humility, reverence and devotion.

When to practice: This mudra can be practiced at any time you need to take a moment to center yourself.

Begin your yoga asana practice in sukhasana (easy crossed leg pose) taking a moment to hold this mudra while setting an intention for your practice. Explore using the gesture during asana (poses) such as tadasana (mountain), vrksasana (tree) and utkatasana (chair). Experiment using it during any other poses in which you wish to feel centered. Each time you practice the gesture notice the feeling of calm it brings, and come back to the intention you set at the beginning of your practice.

Try practicing this mudra in your next meditation, rooting your thumbs down towards the base of your sternum and holding the gesture for the duration of your meditation.

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Homemade Mat Cleaner Recipe

Whether you practice every day or once a week, keeping your yoga mat clean is an important part of your practice. Although there are commercial mat cleaners available, I love to make my own as it can be personalized with any combination of essential oils so the mats smell super yummy in childs pose. I particularly love oils from Mountain Rose Herbs

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass as essential oils can degrade plastic over time) and spray on your mat after each practice, leave for a few minutes then wipe down with a clean cloth. Let your mat dry naturally before rolling and storing.

2 cups distilled water

1/2 cup of witch hazel (no alcohol) or white vinegar

Essential oils: Add a few drops of one or more different essential oils. Remember they are super concentrated so only add a few at a time until you get to the desired strength. Here are some of my favorites and the reasons why I like to include them. Feel free to experiment to find your favorite combination!

 

Peppermint: Antimicrobial & Energizing

Lemongrass: Antimicrobial & Stress Relieving

Tea Tree: Antimicrobial & Uplifting

Eucalyptus: Antibacterial & Decongestant

Lavender: Antibacterial & Calming

 

 

 

Before you run to gather up your essential oils, it's important to note that there are two types of mat in the yoga world: absorbent ones (think Lululemon, Liforme, Mandukas) and non absorbent ones. If you're not sure what type yours is, get a glass of water and put a few drops onto your mat; if it sinks into the mat, it's made to absorb sweat during your asana practice. I can't speak for every yoga matcompany, but in my experience, the ones that are designed to absorb sweat and stay super sticky in a hot practice do not recommend using essential oils while cleaning as the oils get into the 'pores' of the mat and make it less effective over time (this includes YogaRat Pro mats).

To wash these mats simply put a drop of antibacterial washing liquid in a bowl of warm water and sponge down your mat, giving it a good soaking then let it dry naturally. (If you're unsure double check the manufacturers cleaning recommendations.)

If your mat isn't the absorbent type, happy mixing and please share your favorite essential oil combination with us on our Facebook page

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The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a compilation of classical yoga teachings that were passed down orally before Patanjali (also known as the 'father of yoga') recorded them.

Believed to be over 4000 years old, there are 196 sutras (literally meaning 'thread') that describe what yoga is, why it is important, how to practice it and what might come as a result of regular practice. It's teachings include ethics, meditation, physical postures and directions for dealing with obstacles and every day life.

The text is a lot to contemplate in one go! It is intended to be referred to again and again; at different times in your life and yogi journey, different sutras will speak to you.

These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. What Patanjali has described as the completion of the yogic path is what, deep down, all human beings aspire to: peace.