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Yoga off the Mat

At the end of class, my teacher called me to the front of the room.

“You need to take this more seriously.” She said.

“Who? Me?  But, I’m not flexible, I can’t do all these  postures.“ Sound familiar?  I had a long list of reasons why I couldn’t do it.

She looked me right in the eye and said “Yoga has nothing to do with the postures.”

The vibration of her words surrounded me.  When I asked her years later about this conversation, she claims not to remember any part of it and I believe her.  As a teacher, you are called on to deliver messages that have nothing to do with who you are as person.  That conversation led me to Kundalini Yoga.

Kundalini Yoga is for the Yogi who lives here, now.  She, You, bring self realization to a board meeting and time with your partner in bed.  Breath, intention, being in service and using the power of the body to create a specific effect.

Mudras are hand positions that activate different meridian points in the body.  You have likely seen pictures of people meditating with the first finger and thumb touching.  This mudra is called Gyan Mudra – for wisdom.

Here is a simple mudra for enhanced communication from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga:

Just before your meeting, sit quietly for a few minutes to prepare.  Lengthen and deepen your breath, inhaling for a count of five and exhaling for a count of five.  Imagine the very best outcome unfolding, using your strengths and talents to uplift others.  At the same time, cover the nail of your little finger with the pad of your thumb.  After 1 minute, bring the tip of your baby finger to touch the tip of your thumb.  The baby finger represents communication.   Continue to breathe long and deep for one more minute.  Inhale deeply.  Use the power of this short technique to be at your very best in all circumstance.

Did it help?  Let me know.  Salimah Kassim-Lakha is a modern day Yogi and entrepreneur.  Visit http://www.yogavision.com for practice tips and classes from this internationally trained teacher.

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