Svabhava Mudra

I have been focusing a lot on the power of sankalpa (vow, intention) as of late.  Where it becomes more than just some arbitrary thought we have at the beginning of a practice.  It goes beyond that.  It's an idea, notion or concept that forms in the heart and mind that we have infinite determination to fulfill. 

san = a connection to our innermost essence + highest truth; kalpa = rule to be followed above all others.

With this focus on sankalpa I found myself practicing anjali mudra again and again.  And it reminded me of a courageous practitioner that I met about a year ago while teaching at Google headquarters.  Not only was English not this woman's first language, but she was also blind.  Yet, every evening, she showed up, heart open, ready for practice.  Her practice was completely unique because it was informed by her internal vision.  She would hear the words and then create the shape from the inside out.  Each time I invited the class to "bring your hands to your heart in anjali mudra", this woman would wrap her arms around herself in a gentle heart hug that has stayed with me ever since.   She was the first one to teach me svabhava mudra, the shape of our innermost essence.  This sequence is inspired by that wonderful woman and the teaching she offered me selflessly through her embodiment.