Mudras and Mantras: Taurus ~ the second sign of the zodiac

Mudras and Mantras: Taurus - the second sign of the zodiac.

Welcome to the second post in my new blog series Mudras and Mantras.

So what are Mudras and Mantras?

Mudras ~ hand gesture that sets an intention and can act as a way a channelling energy. For a lot of people the hands are very expressive and can be an easy way to start a meditative yoga practice.

Mantra ~ is usually a word or sound repeated. In a Yoga practice this is called a Japa practice in which the word/s or mantra is chanted.

For Taurus I selected the Apana Mudra. Apana is 1 of the 5 Vayus which means wind but we can link it to different directions of movement. Apana Vayu is the downward & outward movement. Apana Mudra is a very cleansing mudra to practice, its all about releasing and letting go of stale energy. For example from the body we release stale air, urine, solid waste, menses and sweat. We can use this cleansing energy in our mind, in our yoga practice and daily lives too. While practicing the Apana Mudra focus on what you need to release, let go of what is no longer moving you forward, what is not serving you, even what you might be clinging to that needs to be released? This may be thoughts, a particular practice that doesn’t serve your body, habits in our daily lives (food, sleep patterns, always saying yes to others and not asking how your needs are met?).

To practice the Apana mudra either find a comfortable seat or lay on your back. Using either hand or both bring the thumb and middle and ring fingers in towards the palm letting the tips of the fingers touch the top of the thumb. Your index finger and little finger point upwards but are relaxed. To me this represents the sign of Taurus - the bull - as it looks like the horns of a bull.

The mantra for Taurus is ‘I have’. In Astrology Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and rules the 2nd of 12 houses. The second house is the material house - cash, property, possessions and self-esteem. Much like the first house - the second house can have a bad image - too rich, too poor, too much, not enough. But the houses have lessons for us to learn. For the second house we can learn about the energetic connection with material objects. You may have heard of or read the Law of Attraction - what we value we draw more of in to our lives. This months mantra of ‘I have’ can be very different for everyone ranging from ‘I have enough to go around’ to ‘I have a secure home/job/income’. Reflect back on your ‘I am’ mudra from our Aries practice and see how your ‘I am’ can become ‘I have’.

What is it that you are planning for the future? This new moon in Taurus is all about letting go of what is no longer serving (use the Apana Mudra) and what you are wanting to value and bring more of into your life (use the ‘I have’ mantra even if you don’t have it yet) and focus on that, make a plan, know that the plan can be changed or modified along the way. Know that Taurus is all about endurance - YOU CAN DO THIS!

Have a practice with me via my YouTube channel Yoga with Rach: Taurus Mudra and Mantra practice

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