Gestures of Awakening: 5 Mudras for Summer Solstice

Shiva Rea offers five hand mudras to cultivate heart consciousness in celebration of the Summer Solstice and the First International Yoga Day.
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Shiva Rea offers five hand mudras to cultivate heart consciousness in celebration of the Summer Solstice and the First International Yoga Day.
shiva rea in hridaya mudra

Shiva Rea offers five hand mudras to cultivate heart consciousness in celebration of the Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day.

This Sunday is an important day for yogis: not only is it the Summer Solstice, a day to salute the sun in celebration of the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, it's also the first International Day of Yoga. (Not to mention, you may want to dedicate your practice to Dad -- it's Father's Day, too!)

"Create time to come together in family and community on June 21, and be aware of all of the people around the world that are aligning with this oldest of natural phenomena — the peak of light in our journey when we are closest to the sun — that has been occurring for over 4.6 billion years," says Vinyasa pioneer Shiva Rea. "From Stonehenge to Delphi, people are gathering to the sacred sites that are aligned with the peak of light for the natural celebration, awakening, and shift of consciousness that happens in a more accelerated way on the natural sacred juncture of the Solstice."

Rea says the following 5 hand mudras, or gestures of awakening, can help you celebrate the Solstice and International Yoga Day by generating your inner experience (or bhava) of the power of your heart consciousness. "Just as we use our hands when we talk to express what we are feeling or communicating, our hands can be ways back into our heart and bring our 'head' or thinking mind into a deeper knowing," she explains.

Experience each of these mudras or a sequence of all of them at the start or end of your emobdied yoga flow or as its own practice.

Also see10 Body Mudras with Shiva Rea 

(Text adapted from Rea's book, Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life. Photos by Demetri Velisarius.)