About Mudra Metta
Who are we for?
"Taking Care of YOU, so you can take care of others"
The word 'Mudra' comes from the root word 'mud'' which means 'delight' or 'pleasure', and 'dravay' which means 'to draw forth. So, 'mudra' literally means 'to draw forth delight or pleasure.
However, in yoga and Buddhism, a mudra is more commonly known as gesture, mainly with the hands, but can also be with the whole body, to create a 'seal', or a circuit bypass. Mudras are meant to redirect the prana (energy, life force) back within yourself, as a mirror redirects the light.
Mudras are higher practices which can awaken the prana, and chakras (energy centres).
*Source: Asana Pranayama Mudra Banda, by Swami Satyananada Saraswati
Metta is a Pali word, coming from the Buddhist tradition, which means 'loving kindness' or 'goodwill'. Metta is wishing well for others. Metta helps us to cultivate gentleness, and brings more care and attention to those around us.
Metta is neither an emotion, nor feeling or thought. It is rather a mental state, or a lens in which we experience our thoughts, feelings or emotions.
*Source: One Mind Dharma
For more information about Metta, please click: here
So essentially, Mudra Metta means "taking care of you", or redirecting the prana (energy) inwards, "so that you can take care of others", or so that you can be filled with loving kindness, and bring more love and attention to those around you.
Are you the kind of person who puts everyone else's needs in front of your own?
Do you think about yourself only when you have taken care of work, kids, groceries, the pets, friends, parents, and oh...the plants!
Do you often feel exhausted and depleted and stressed, because there just aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things you need to do?
If you've answered YES to these questions, then we are here for you!
Mudra Metta is designed to empower you to take care of yourself first, to redirect the energy that you already have within you, so that you can be more effective, more energized and refreshed in your caring for others.
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Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor
After completing my BA in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Western Ontario in 2007, I headed eastbound, to teach English in South Korea. But while on vacation in Thailand, I discovered my passion of Thai Massage. In 2010 when my teaching contract finished, I moved to Thailand to further my studies of massage, then proceeded to travel around the world for two years.
I moved to Singapore in 2013, but I found it stressful there, and in 2014 moved to Malaysia, where I lived for 4 years. Two of those years I was training local English teachers, and another two years I ran a yoga centre. In Malaysia they love to say "Lek-Lu" (meaning: Relax first!) Before you do anything there, you should just chill out and enjoy life for a while. It was there that I learned the beauty and the value of relaxation.
It didn't come easily! My natural tendency was to continue work until the work was done. But since everyone else was relaxing, that was a lot of weight on my shoulders! I experienced different levels of stress, from stabbing pains in my stomach to fainting spells when my body would shut down from working too hard.
It was a long and slow process of learning yoga, meditation, receiving massages, and connecting with nature. Eventually I found that I was most affective in helping others when I was happy and healthy myself. I learned to find the balance between working for the good of others, and taking care of myself.
Certifications and Qualifications:
BA: University of Western Ontario 2007
Thai Massage Therapist: ITM, Chiang Mai, 2010
Level 1 and 2 Reiki Certification: Samma Karuna, 2015
200h Certified Yoga Instructor: Spiritual Yoga School, Thailand, 2017
300h Certified Advanced Yoga Instructor: Santhi Yoga, India, 2018
Children's Yoga Instructor: Santhi Yoga, India, 2018