Photo by: Cathryn Farnsworth
“In Yoga, we explore the connection of the hands to the heart center with different mudras (hand positions) and kriyas (exercises). When we activate and energize this power in ourselves, we can send our love directly from the heart center through our hands to our little ones.”
As moms we experience the healing powers of our hands on a daily basis. From holding little hands, wiping tears and placing, bandaids our job is hands on everyday, all day. Our hands our so intimately connected to our children and to the care we give them. We are always lending a helping hand from pulling on snowpants, tying a shoelace or keeping a safe grip when crossing the street. When our children are ill, it is our hands that make them soup, put a cool cloth on their head and stroke a flushed cheek. As mothers our hands work as natural instruments of healing.
In Yoga, we explore the connection of the hands to the heart center with different mudras (hand positions) and kriyas (exercises). When we activate and energize this power in ourselves, we can send our love directly from the heart center through our hands to our little ones.
When you see your hands as an extension of your heart center, the most simple act of shaking hands can be seen for what it really is, my heart meeting yours. If we open the possibility of a more loving connection with our own relationship between heart and hands, we can be conduits of healing energy for our kids and beyond.
This exercise helps to access and amplify the healing powers in our hands with 4 simple meditative steps:
Sit in butterfly position with knees bent and the soles of the feet pressed together close to the body.
Raise the arms so that the elbows are parallel with the shoulders and the hands are raised by the head.
The fingers are placed in Surya Mudra with the thumb pressed to the ring finger.
In a snappy action, sharply rotate the hands forwards and backwards while chanting the mantra “Wahe Guru, Wahe guru, wahe wahe, wahe guru” moving on each word.
Keep this going for 3 to 5 minutes. This can be practiced any time of day to strengthen and intensify your own innate gifts of healing with the hands.