....I find myself constantly touching my thumbs to my individual fingers. When I impersonate a yogi at rest, I exemplify my Moudras for effect, but I never understood why. Moudras defined are: A gesture or position, usually of the hands, that locks and guides energy flow and reflexes to the brain. By curling, crossing, stretching and touching the fingers and hands, we can talk to the body and mind as each area of the hand reflexes to a certain part of the mind or body.
So how does this relate to us? The Universe is made up of 5 elements: Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Space. These universal elements correlate to each finger: Fire w/Thumb, Air w/Index Finger, Space w/Middle Finger, Earth w/Ring Finger and Water w/Pinky Finger.
Dr. Sarkar told that the reason we wear wedding bands on the ring finger, is in theory because marriage "grounds" us to the Earth with our partner. The fire in our thumbs controls metabolism. Water in our little fingers controls our body's fluid content. Space in our middle fingers keeps necessary distance between our vital organs. Air from our index fingers represents the Prana (breath) or life force within us. If you want to read more about this topic, this site gives a very clear explanation on what touching each finger with the thumb can do for a person: http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/mudras.html
|Jesse & his girlfriend, Dayna & Me|
|Carla, Angela & Me|
On the less spiritual front, I had a wonderful dinner with 17 of my group members last night. We had meaningful conversation and a lot of laughs. I got to know them on a deeper level and am still blown away by the magic of our diversity and that we all united for the same goal, given our differences.
|Me & Melissa Mailly|
With 2 weeks left on my journey, I am living every moment as present as possible. I know I will miss this time upon my return, but look forward to reconnecting to my real world friends and family. My yoga family will always be there for me. We make promises to visit each other and take each others' first classes, but will we?
|Faith, Me & Angela|
It's so hard going into Week 8 without a break from practicing, but none of us really need one at this point. Our routine is ingrained. My routine here will be imbedded into my daily life and career back home, so that...
When I practice, I am a philosopher
When I teach, I am a scientist
When I demonstrate, I am an artist