Sacred Hand Mudras

mudraBecome part of a special circle — learn an ancient ritual!

A series of finger movements/hand yoga for centering, praying & meditation. Few people know these sacred, about 5,000 years old, Hand Mudras… discover this extraordinary way of giving an offering to the Divine from within You!

The practice of doing Mudras can also have quite a healing and calming effect. Mudras can be done anywhere – You need only enough space to move your hands in front of your heart.

Join me for a beautiful & reverent setting at my office, and receive the instructions of how to do these specific series of Mudras. I feel fortunate to be able to teach these now in combination with a most wonderful prayer/poem which flows alongside the movements and emphasizes their meanings. Contact me, if You have a small group who would like to learn these Mudras…

“Do yourself a favor – take Siljoy’s Sacred Hand Mudras class.
You’ll learn to create a beautiful dance with your hands that will calm your soul and awaken the mind’s eye. Part prayer, part meditation, mudras are sacred hand movements that are a living gift from the ancients. I use what I learned from Siljoy daily to center, renew and generate good energy.”

L. S.

arizon3Accent: Finger Yoga

Posted August 23, 2005 in The Arizona Star

Reaching back 5,000 years, Eastern mudras combine hand movements and meditation to promote healing

By Rhonda Bodfield Bloom

Siljoy Maurer dreads flying. She really dreads flying. So before she gets on a plane, she performs a 90-second series of hand gestures in the waiting room, ignoring curious stares.

She does them again as the plane hurtles down the runway.

And for good measure, she repeats them on the descent.

“I won’t say I like flying, but I can say that I can now fly relaxed,” said Maurer, a holistic life mentor who was introduced to the gestures, known as mudras, at a yoga retreat and has been teaching seminars on them since 2000.

While yoga – and its mental and physical benefits – has caught on with the American public, from gym rats to Madonna, mudras, tracing back to 5,000 years, have been slower to generate buzz. That’s gradually changing.

Maria Mendola, 47, a registered nurse and yoga therapist, teaches a whole segment on mudras, which she calls “finger yoga,” to would-be instructors at the Providence Institute, a yoga school and studio at 1126 N. Jones Blvd.

During workshops, she’ll give her class hand motions to perform while sitting quietly, and then will ask them what they are feeling . “Easily 75 percent will notice that they now are breathing really deep when they weren’t before or that their breathing became more shallow. They can definitely feel how the movements stimulate their bodies in different ways,” she said.

Practitioners say the movements work in similar ways to other Eastern-medicine systems, like acupuncture, acupressure or reflexology. The gestures seem to stimulate meridians, or channels of energy through the body.

“I love them. I try to take a midday break every day, and I will hold certain mudras, depending on what I need to rebalance,” Mendola said.

Maurer said Americans may be more familiar with mudras than they think they are.
Anytime a great thinker or a politician is captured in the pensive pose with the palms facing, fingertips touching, that’s a mudra that’s often used to enhance memory. Touching the heart is a universal sign of thanks. Placing the hands in prayer position is a sign of reverence that crosses cultures.

Maurer, who also teaches a poem to go along with the series of movements, will sometimes in addition “prescribe” mudras for physical ailments, as well as emotional ones, saying some might help with headaches or even ease premenstrual cramps. What she likes about mudras is that even people who are bedridden can do them, and it takes no special equipment – just the ability to practice with intention and regularity.

“It’s particularly good for Westerners, who have difficulty with meditation, because it gives them something to focus on. Some people can’t be still for 15 minutes at a time, so this gives them a ritual, a rhythm of doing something calming and healing once a day,” she said.

Kathy Kitagawa, a 45-year-old human-resources-compensation consultant who describes herself as a typical Type A personality, was introduced to mudras by Maurer two months ago at a meeting for small-business women. She was curious, since it was something she’d never heard of.

“I’m not very good at meditation or repeating just one word, but this spoke to me the first time she walked us through it,” Kitagawa said.

Although Kitagawa is a Christian, and feels that the movements and poem that goes with them “speak very strongly to my Christian beliefs,” their use is a meditative practice that crosses all faith communities.

She now does them in the morning and again before she goes into meetings with clients. “It helps me get centered and to be able to focus and listen,” Kitagawa said. “It helps me block out all the other distractions going on in my head.”