About Mudra Metta
What does Mudra Metta Mean?
"Taking Care of You First...Then Taking Care of Others"
Who are we for?
Anyone who doesn't take care of themselves enough!
The word 'Mudra' in Saskrit 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 a gesture, mainly with the hands, but can also be with the whole body gesture, to create a 'seal', or a circuit bypass. You can see an example of ‘chin mudra’, the most common of the mudras, in the logo for Mudra Metta. Mudras are meant to redirect the prana (energy, life force) back within yourself, in the same way a mirror redirects light.
Mudras are higher practices which can awaken the prana (energy), within the chakras (energy centres) and enrich and enliven our spirit bodies.
*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. It helps us to cultivate gentleness, and brings more care and attention to those around us.
Metta is neither an emotion, nor feeling nor thought. It is rather a mental state, or a lens in which we experience our thoughts, feelings or emotions.
*Source: One Mind Dharma
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Since Metta is a mental state, not just a thought or feeling that we can conjure up, it is essential for us to take care of OURSELVES FIRST, to be able to get into that mental state of loving kindness. So basically, Mudra Metta means "taking care of you first," or redirecting the prana (energy) inwards, towards yourself, "then you can take care of others" while in the state of Metta.
Are you the kind of person who puts everyone else's needs ahead of your own?
Do you think about yourself only after you have taken care of the work, the kids, the groceries, the pets, the friends, the parents, and oh...the plants!?
Do you often feel exhausted and depleted, feeling like you don’t get the love and care back that you give to others?
If you've answered YES to these questions, then we are here for you!
The goal of Mudra Metta Wellness is to empower you to take care of yourself first, to redirect the energy that you already have within you back towards yourself, so that you can be more relaxed, peaceful and fulfilled. As a result of being in a state of fulfillment, you can then be more effective, more energized and refreshed, enabling you to care for others from a state of abundance!
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Andrea (Andie) Price
Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor, &
Founder of Mudra Metta Wellness
BA of Psychology: University of Western Ontario 2007
Thai Massage Therapist: ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 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
I grew up in London, Ontario, where I went to school and then University at UWO. During my third year there, I did an exchange to Mexico, where I completed my minor in Spanish, while simultaneously igniting my passion for travel. I completed my BA, majoring in Psychology in 2007, then headed off to see the world! I first moved to South Korea to teach English for two years. In between my contracts, I went to Thailand for a vacation with a couple of friends. While I was there, I discovered the beautiful healing practice of Thai Massage, on a one-day introductory course I took just for fun. In 2010 I moved to Thailand to dive deeper into my studies of massage, where I learned that the more I practiced, the more I loved it!
For the next decade, I traveled and lived around the world, discovering more of the beauty, the wisdom, and the challenges that the world held in its hidden corners.
Along my journey, I learned a lot about myself and about the world. I learned about different cultures and different ways of thinking and seeing things. I learned that I had a strong desire to help people, to make the world a better place, but I also became easily overwhelmed, and became an over-giver to the max, taking on all of the world's problems. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was a textbook example of being codependent. If you’d like to read about my personal story of codependency, you can download my ebook, available by donation here (in English only).
It was a long journey, but as I continued my travels, I developed a strong interest in all things to do with spirituality and healing with a more holistic approach, rather than the band-aid approach of taking pills to western medicine. I learned all about yoga, meditation, spirituality, about the chakras and healing through nature.
Eventually I learned that all of these modalities are one and the same when you look deeply into their core values. I slowly learned the lesson that I was only effective 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.
I founded a yoga retreat centre called Sunrise Elements in Malaysia in 2016, which I ran and loved for two years, then returned to Canada in 2018. I arrived with nothing but a carry-on and a guitar, bought myself a yellow Volkswagen Beetle in Victoria, BC, and drove it 7,000 kms across Canada in search of a new home. Having stumbled across the tiny town of Sutton, QC, I immediately fell in love with it. The nature, the vibe of the people, and the energy of the mountain all felt like they were perfectly aligned with what I wanted home to be like, so I turned back around from the Atlantic Ocean, and found myself an apartment here!
I spent some time working at Mont Sutton, teaching English online, doing some gardening, and taking French classes. In 2020, I decided to move back into the wellness industry full time. I wanted to focus on massage, yoga, and care for over givers like myself. That’s when Mudra Metta Wellness was born.
With in-person services like massage and yoga available in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, and online services of yoga and care for over givers, Mudra Metta Wellness aims to bring more of a balance to those of us in this world who give too much of ourselves away, and redirect that energy back to ourselves.
Let’s keep our cups full, and then allow that abundance to flow out to others!