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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.
Step Into the Magic Body Mudra
Every time we practice we step into the magic. Let go of trying to be normal so that you can be your unique, wonderful self.
Let’s start on the right side. Begin with your feet together in Mountain Pose and on your breath, take a small step back with your right foot, winging your right arm up into the sky and your left hand at your heart. Both hands are in A-OK or Jnana Mudra. The arms can land wherever they do, this is not exact. Phew.
Dance with your difficulties, aka opportunities. The world is supporting each new step you take. Burst forth into your greatness!
On your breath, fly your right leg up into the air. Both knees are bent with your arms extended; drop one hand on top of the other. You can bend and lengthen your standing leg even more, funking up your Ganesha along with your arms rising and falling.
Magic Ganesha OMG
OMG is right: A brand new year to keep it fresh, alive, and energetic! You can bring more love to everything you DO and ARE.
Drop, pop, swing your right foot behind your left and sweep your arms wide. Both knees are bent and can bend even more deeply. Then bring your feet together and both arms up on the inhalation into Upward Salute. Try this a few times. Breathing is the only requirement … every breath is a new beginning. Have fun!
About Our Expert
Dana Trixie Flynn
Yoga, says Laughing Lotus yoga studio founder Dana Trixie Flynn, is her divine dance with god. Dubbed the “Janis Joplin of yoga” by her students because of her irreverent style, the former hip-hop dancer, MTV reporter, and nightclub owner created the dance-friendly Lotus Flow Yoga with Jasmine Tarkeshi. She is now the director of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn.