Health in our hands with mudras

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Elia Tabuenca García
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mudras (from Sanskrit seal or symbol) are gestures that can be made to reactivate and stimulate the energy of our body: according to yogis (and not only) some mudras act only at the level of the physical body, others bring about changes too to the mental and emotional state, still others to evolutions on the spiritual level



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How many times during the day we do promises to ourselves, we want to change an attitude, or good intentions are born. Sometimes these aspirations coincide with phrases such as "from tomorrow I'll be careful about how and what I eat!" or "I'll start exercising!" or "I don't want to stress!" “I'll take care of myself!”… But how many times We thought that we could give more force to our purposes with a wave of the hands?

I mudra (from the Sanskrit seal or symbol) are gestures that can be made to reactivate and stimulate theenergy of our body: according to yogis (and not only) some mudras they act only at the level of the physical body, others bring gods changes in mental and emotional state as well, still others to evolutions on the spiritual level. They know more than 200 that stimulate on 3 levels: physical, mental, spiritual.

It is as if we gave an input to our body simply with a position of the fingers giving directions to realign on one or more levels. In India, among many allopathic doctors, it is a practice to integrate the practice of some mudra to a pharmacological prescription for patients! In this way - among other things - the patient becomes an active part e responsible for on the healing process.

Here 3 mudras that, following the indications, are suitable for everyone both for their simplicity and for their purposes: to purify the body, regain energy and relax.

To practice them it is advisable sit on the legs crossed on a mat on the floor making sure you are comfortable, or sit on a chair with your feet firmly planted on the ground (without shoes). There back and neck should be straight and relaxedthe. The regular, quiet breathing, without paying too much attention to it so that it is natural (basically as you relax, the breathing tends to become deeper and deeper without forcing it). Close eyes it can help us eliminate external distractions and project us inwards, towards ourselves and “listen” to ourselves a little more. The mudras must be done with both hands at the same time.



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Mudra for detoxification

An excellent mudra for stimulating the elimination of toxins from our body. The first result is a purification of the physical as a consequence, according to Ayurveda, also the mind and spirit will slowly follow the purification. It must be done at empty stomach, in the morning as soon as you wake up, after drinking a glass of water.

Procedure: place both hands on the legs with the palm facing up and extend all the fingers of the hand, then bend the thumb towards the base (3rd line) of the 4th finger (ring finger): do not apply pressure, keep the other fingers well stretched out. Close your eyes and focus on the position and hold it for 15 minutes.

Pranah Mudra

According to the‘ayurveda the proper functioning of the body is regulated by 10 fundamental elements, one of which is precisely the "Pranah", a kind of life energy: this mudra is indicated for strengthening the body, giving energy, strengthening the respiratory system. In Ayurveda it is recommended for chronic diseases and in general for states of weakness (on the contrary not recommended if you are already hyperactive!). Preferably on an empty stomach, it can be done in the morning, mid-morning and afternoon: not recommended in the evening because it does not facilitate sleep.

Procedure: place both hands on the legs with the palm facing upwards and extend all the fingers of the hand, touch the tip of the 4th and 5th finger with the tip of the thumb: do not exert pressure and keep the other fingers extended. Close your eyes and focus on the position and hold it for 8 minutes (up to 15 minutes) up to 3 times a day.



Gyan Mudra

This mudra is useful for take back our time, to return to ourselves when we are overwhelmed by chaos and daily stress; it is useful to do this in the morning to start the day more relaxed, in a break at work, when we are nervous about some unwelcome discussion, or the it will be home, after a stressful day. It serves to calm the emotional and mental state, consequently it is a mudra that strengthens the nervous system, increases concentration, removes negative emotions, promotes good sleep, gives relief in case of headaches.

Method: place your hands on your legs with ipalm facing up, bend the index finger towards the thumb and touch with the tip of the index finger just below the tip of the thumb. Touch gently without exerting any pressure. Keep your other fingers straight. Starting with 8 minutes you can go up to 16 minutes 3 times a day.

So we can truly say that health is in our hands!

Chiara Cardona

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