Like art, music and dance, mudras are a means for channeling energy into creative expression, and a powerful method towards physical and psycho-spiritual healing.
Somatic science is catching up to the intuitive and experiential wisdom of therapeutic movement.
Intentional movement can reprogram habitual patterns in the autonomic nervous system which may help to relieve illness from stress and emotional disturbance (which are the root cause of many physiological and psychological challenges).
The following mudras are cooling and calming. They may be applied to balance Pitta dosha, which is responsible for the fire and heat in your body and mind.
The following mudras are grounding and centering and may be applied to balance vata dosha which, when deranged, may cause windy, dry, spacey and anxious energy in the body and mind.
The following mudras are energizing and activating. They may be applied to balance Kapha dosha, which when deranged, may make you feel lethargic, depressed, or heavy.
The following mudras are used as therapy for specific common ailments, such as headache, constipation and low back pain.
There is a flip-side to your personality. Teeming beneath the surface of your awareness, colorful characteristics vie for a moment to shine on the stage of your life's play. The only problem: Somewhere along the way you forgot them, lost them, ignored them, or suppressed these shadow figures and now they have become monsters that threaten to wreak havoc on your psyche. YIKES!
We all have monsters.
Some are self-defeating while others are ego-inflating.
View Shakti's recently published work: "The Face of God: Musings of a New Mother," in Evolving God-Images edited by Dr. Patrick Mahaffey.
This collection of reflective essays explores spirituality and its changing relationship to culture, individual identity, and society in our increasingly globalized, postmodern world.
"As a yoga teacher and new mother, Rachel Shakti Redding muses on the mystery of the existence embodied by her daughter. The birth of her child, she tells us, deepened her contemplative sensibility and experience of love."
~Dr. Patrick Mahaffey
Developing a hOMe Practice
Join R.R. Shakti at the beautiful
Trine State Recreation Area
for a weekend of fresh air
and yoga inspiration.
This workshop will provide the tools you need to begin a hOMe yoga practice that is creative and effective. You will learn uplifting postures for when you need to kick-start your day; and postures to unwind you when it is time to relax.
You will also learn the detailed "how to" instructions for some of the more challenging postures, so that you may progress on your own.
This workshop is open to both absolute beginners and intermediate practitioners.
photo: Third Eye Visionaries
The current challenge is to simply be truly Alive.
What is Aliveness?
Being Authentically Human.
—Not a normative human.
—Not an idealized human.
...but a radically authentic human,
deeply connecting the experience of BE-ing ,
through brokenness, wholeness, suffering and joy,
and through it all,
or never at all,
truly realizing one's Inner Power.
photo: D'Antonio photography
So, I am deep in the research and weaving ideas for school when my mind demands a break. Generally, my favorite diversions include an outdoor excursion and/or playtime with my kid. But Marley is gone and it happens to be raining (or is that snow?). So instead of stretching into a second yoga asana practice for the day (or eating a second breakfast), I decide to watch the latest episode of Once Upon A Time. Sometimes a good movie or television can inspire the flow of creative nectar.
The season finale is premised with time-travel. Our heroine, Emma Swan, gets pulled into a portal to the past and must find her way back home. It isn't long, of course, before Swan's actions trip a chain of events that radically effect her future. Dun...dun...duuuuuun!