Living in the Hands
Enlivening the Hands: I place the palm centers of my hands together. I create a module of interest. I itemize the points of interest: sole centers, tips, base of fingers. I start to friction the namaste shape my hands make, creating heat and energy. I am curious and tuned into the sound; it brings my attention into a focused gaze (in sanskrit, we call this drishti). I pay careful attention to the speed, of each part, the song of two-becoming-one. I pause to bring a push/pull dynamic into play. As I push to unify, I pull to create opposition and I stare. I shake it up in a conscious fidget, remaining present in my hands. It is here I build rapport with myself, eye contact follows my hands in a pyramid of movement, watching with great awareness, my hands float up and come down, back to my heart. I am fascinated with the subject matter. I sit. With palms open, resting on each knee, a mudra of giving and receiving, acknowledging the life of the hands. "I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close." ~Pablo Neruda Written by T'ai Jamar Hanna Body Banter
About the Author: T'ai Jamar Hanna
What happens when two-southern get-away/hippies/activists move out to the wild, wild west, become healers and start a family? A redhead child is born in New Mexico, under an autumn sky. T’ai Jamar Hanna is a performer, poet, producer, peacemaker and curious spirit who has found her home in NYC. As Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and Yoga Therapist, T’ai Jamar has integrated a lifetime of athleticism, dance, and a passionate calling to the healing arts. She provides public and private instruction in meditation, breath, movement, and Thai Massage. Since 1998, she has produced, coordinated, and managed multi-media events in fashion, music, and dance. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School University, 2012. She sits on the Board of Directors for Organic Magnetics and is a consultant for the Urban Yoga Foundation House. When she is not writing, exploring, or collaborating; you can find her bike riding, playing soccer or walking her dog Chula in Prospect Park.