Yoga of the Hands & Songs of the Soul: Bhudi Mudra

Yoga of the Hands & Songs of the Soul: Bhudi Mudra

Yoga of the Hands & Songs of the Soul
Bhudi Mudra & the Bija Mantras
 
From our solid base we become fluid and juicy like a ripe orange in the Svadhisthana Chakra, chakra 2. The element is water flowing like a rivers and streams through our bodies. The processes of blood, urine, semen, lympha and water are ruled by the hips. The pelvis is where sexuality is born and is the origin of our creative power. Emotions reign supreme.
 
The lyrics of Svadhisthana are: sweetness, water, liquid, “I feel”,  desire, sexuality, pleasure, flow, dance, tears, ovaries, testes, prostate, womb, genitals, urine, kidneys, bladder, impotence, frigidity, procreation, orange, moon, tamas. (Wheels of Life)
 
When the energy of chakra 2 is flowing freely we are able to create life and art, we can express emotions, and we can regularly eliminate and release bodily fluids and waste.
 
So let’s start to flow: 
Budhi Mudra, Fluid Mudra.
Yoga of the Hands & Songs of the Soul: Bhudi Mudra
Seated using both hands:
Tip of thumb & the pinky touching
Ring, middle, and index fingers extended.
 
This mudra encourages the flow of blood and bodily fluids. It can be used to help dry mouth and dry eyes and well as strengthening kidney and bladder function. It can also improve the sense of taste.
 
The pinky is related to the sacrum and has the element of water. The pinky is like the tail of the hand adding grace and movement to your gestures. Bhudi mudra may even help you to get your booty shaking.
 
Use as needed up to 3 times a day for 15 minutes. Pay attention to your reactions to gauge the correct amount.

Resources for Bhudi Mudra: 
Wheels of Life and Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands 
 
 
To get the chakra energy flowing freely we will explore
the Bija Mantras, or seed sounds:
Lam . Vam . Ram . Yam . Ham . OM
 
While most mantras related to the Svadhisthana chakra are decidedly feminine, the Bija Mantras provide a energetic release for both male and female practioners equally.
  1. Lam – root 
  2. Vam – sacral 
  3. Ram – solar plexus
  4. Yam – heart
  5. Ham – throat
  6. OM – third eye
  7. Silence – crown

 

When we come to yoga we begin to loosen the knots in our muscles and joins through breath and movement. Chanting is like a vibrating massage for the chakras loosening the granthis, or knots, in the energy body. 
 
There are three granthis, whose locations vary slightly in different texts. The Brahma granthi is in the root. The Vishnu granthi lies somewhere between manipura chakra (3) and the vishuddha chakra (5). The Rudra (Shiva) granthi lies somewhere between the vishuddha chakra (5) and the anja chakra (6) or third eye center.  
 
When these knots are loosened the chakras spin freely and the body, mind, and spirit are liberated and healthy – we flow, we’re fluid.
 
So while the Bija mantras that can be chanted individually to strengthen a specific chakra, chanting them sequentially I feel strengthens the Svadhisthana by promoting fluidity in the body overall. 
 
Here is how I like to lead chanting the Bijas:
  • Round one: chant each Bija individually, one breath each – Lam – Vam – Ram – Yam – Ham – OM. After the 6 Bija take a breath of beautiful silence and integration.
  • Round two: chant the first three Bija – Lam Vam Ram – together on on breath, then chant the second three – Yam, Ham, OM. Take a breath of beautiful silence and integration
    • The lower 3 chakras represent the flesh or animal, and the upper 3 represent our spirit or angel
  • Round three: On one breath chant all six Bija – Lam Vam Ram Yam Ham OMTake a breath of beautiful silence and integration.
    • Chanting lower and upper chakras together brings union to our angel and animal natures.

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Question from Maria @dailydownwarddog :
This looks like so much fun to teach – but I have to say it seems like a lot for a class to digest all at once. Do you have any tips for how to break it down? Do you give them a handout with the chant?
Maria, this is an excellent question: In school when I would get a handout I would get distracted by it, so in a regular class I wouldn’t use a handout. Also, I don’t necessarily go into every single detail because it can be too much; when the teacher knows the info it gets transmitted even if the words aren’t said.
First I put the students in the mudra telling them the position and the name. The detail I get into on the anatomy of the mudra depends on the students; most times the name itself is explanation enough. Like Bhudi Mudra is the Fluid Mudra keeping the flow in the body.
When I do the Bijas, or any mantras, I chant with the students so they can follow along rather than maybe having performance anxiety with call and response.
I give a simple explanation of the chakras, such as they are 7 energy centers that run up the body from the base to the crown in line with the spinal column, and that chanting aids in keeping them running efficiently.
In the first round when we chant each Bija individually, I would say, “breath to the root – Lam” then chant. Then “breath to the hips, pelvis, sacrum – Vam” then chant. And the same for each up the body. Then a breath of silence.  [I use one hand to point to the part of the body that the students should be breathing into as a visual guide.]
For round two I would say “breath to the lower body – Lam Vam Ram” then chant. Then “breath to the upper body – Yam Ham OM”  then chant. Then a breath of silence.
Round three “breath full body – Lam Vam Ram Yam Ham OM”. I may repeat round 3 a couple of times more if I feel it’s appropriate.

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