The yoga tradition defines five organs of action, known as Karmendriyas in Sanskrit. The Hands are the organs of apprehension; through them we cultivate our understanding of the world. The Hands are also how we directly shape the world. This lesson will refine your awareness of the physical organ, as well as the aspects of consciousness that underlie its actions. Starting with self-massage and a physical exploration of the Hands, the practice continues with an application of the Hands in select asana, and concludes with a guided relaxation and an invitation to explore the subtle nature behind this organ of action.
Asana presented in this teacher-and-student video include: Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose), Baddha Guliasana (Bound Fingers Pose), Prasarita Padottanasana, (Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold Pose, with hands in reverse prayer), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand Pose), and Savasana (Corpse Pose).