This week's practice is based on finding comfort in the physical body (anamaya kosha), ease in the breath (pranamaya kosha), and the ability to witness the mind and emotions (manomaya kosha) in order to get quiet enough to hear the wisdom that lies within (vijnanamaya kosha). These three mudras are based on Jnana Mudra which holds the index and thumb together to awaken your highest wisdom.
Touch the tips of thumb and index fingers together, extend middle, ring and little fingers; rest backs of hands on thighs.
Benefits: Helps with concentration and meditation, helps to calm circular thoughts
Practice Tips: Use when suffering from "monkey mind"
Touch tips of thumbs and index fingers together. Bring right and left hands together and place right middle, ring and pinkie fingers on top of left middle, ring and pinkie fingers.
Benefits: Encourages meditative state
Touch tips of thumbs and index fingers together. Hold hands in front of chest, left palm facing heart, right hand facing out. Touch right thumb and index to left middle finger.
Benefits: Balances energy of inner world with that of the outer world
Practice Tips: Use when you are spending too much energy externally or too much internally.
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I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.