DIG DEEP: LOTUS MUDRA

Words: Danielle Gregan Figgie  // Images: Jill Futter

Mudras are a way to experience yoga in our hands, most often as seals that direct or retain energy in the body. Different mudras cultivate different energies, and for me, they bridge the gap between one's physical and meditative practices. If you're more apt to practice stillness, mudras are a great way to add more physicality to your practice. If you're an asana junkie, they can bring a meditative aspect to your practice. They are absolutely universal and can be practiced almost anywhere! The lotus mudra is particularly lovely.

MY HEART FOUND ITS HOME LONG AGO IN THE BEAUTY, MYSTERY, ORDER AND DISORDER OF THE FLOWERING EARTH. - LADY BIRD JOHNSON 

Place your hands in a prayer, then open the middle three fingers and the bowl of your palms to create a blossoming effect in your hands (your pinky fingers, thumbs and the base of your palms stay connected). As you do this, think of how the lotus flower represents purity. Its essence is not only inspiring, but relatable. A beautiful bud yearns towards the light, growing out of the deep dark muck of pond water where its roots are, and opens into a perfect flower for the world to appreciate. When we practice lotus mudra, we cultivate faith that as long as we stay rooted, even if we feel we are in a dark place, we can move towards the light and become the best version of ourselves.

Lotus mudra connects us to our fourth chakra (anahata), which resides in and around our heart. The mudra is designed to tap into the energetic qualities of the heart including compassion, forgiveness, affection and loving kindness. Whether you incorporate lotus mudra into your meditation or into your asana practice, you will awaken the energies of the heart and find that with such awareness, anything is possible.


ABOUT DANIELLE GREGAN FIGGIE

Danielle has been practicing yoga for eight years, and like any truly great relationship, the connection has only gotten stronger over time. After spending five years in a very fast-paced corporate job, she decided to turn her passion for yoga into a profession and became Registered Yoga Teacher, certified at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in New York City. She wholeheartedly believe that happiness is a choice, and for Danielle, yoga is happiness. In her teachings, she incorporates asana flow with pranayama and meditative techniques. The goal, first and foremost, is to move in harmony with the breath, while tapping into a deeper awareness of the self to provide a balance that ultimately arrives at a peaceful, happy place.