Mudras become the placeholder for my energy to remember what it's like to fell whole and connected. This gesture attunes my body, breath and mind to one single stream. It anchors me to the here and now. Uniting all of the pieces and parts of myself within the simplicity of palms pressing or index finger and thumb touching. Each time I touch my palms together my begin remembers what my nature is meant to be and the tension and anxiety melt away.
Moving in and out of asanas brings a sense of recognition, also. As you fill the shape with breath and energy or notice how the breath and energy changes within a shape, we become more attuned to our own presence. When a pose feels easy, I feel ease. In more challenging poses, my focus and attention are challenged in ways that actually the pushing and pulling to soften.
Any gesture - outward or inward - leaves an imprint. A smile, a kindness, these shape you in incremental ways. Depending on the day, these things might have the power to alter our state of mind, if we allow it to. Frequent small gestures pave the way for changes and shifts within our practice.