Dana Trixie Flynn, creator of Lotus Flow Yoga and director of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, offers 3 fun body mudras for a fresh start this year.
Nothing says clear the way like Ganesha, the Hindu remover of obstacles and god of beginnings known for his elephant head. Let’s invoke Ganesha and the new beginning that the new year brings by dancing, stomping, laughing, and expressing our true self through these sacred, groovy body mudras, which also double as playful (and creative) namaskars, or greetings.
Being NEW means you get to be the eternal student, totally teachable, totally lovable, and you're NOT trying to get it right. Expansive you is who you are stepping into with each step. Go ahead and infuse your personal prayer into your mudras. If it's joy you want more of this year, put it in the prayer. If it's more meaning you want, then make your mudras meaningful.
You can kick off your fresh start any time during your day, and you may just have to fly a leg up, turn your hands into a trunk, and grow your ears so you can really listen to that voice inside … the one that always says, “You deserve the best of life and life deserves the best of you.”
Now, let's play! First climb into each mudra separately. Then begin to flow on your breath from one into the next, creating a rhythmic sequence. Experiment with switching up the order. You can also incorporate these mudras into a Warrior flow sequence. For example, flow from Warrior I into Warrior III into Chair Pose and then add your new friends. Explore and discover all kinds of endless possibilities.