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10 Powerful Mudras and How to Use Them

In the practice of Yoga, you are encouraged to use your body in many ways, but ultimately with the intention of drawing yourself inward. Mudras are powerful tools for accomplishing this. The term mudra applies to the use of hand gestures during meditation that carry specific goals of channeling your body’s energy flow. There are more than 100 known mudras that have been developed over the centuries. Here are 10 commonly used mudras that have been championed for centuries for their efficiency in providing health and empowerment.

The Elemental Structure of the Hand

The ancient sages could intuit the presence of the five elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) in the human body. Our hands are thought to hold energetic points for these elements and thus the use of mudras is a way of manipulating these elements. Within the hand gestures, there not only connecting principles at play but also freeing actions taking place depending on the mudra.

  • Thumb: Space
  • Index Finger: Air
  • Middle Finger: Fire
  • Ring Finger: Water
  • Pinky Finger: Earth

1. Gyan

Gyan mudra

This is probably the most familiar mudra in mainstream society. Meditators are often seen pairing this mudra with their practice. The intention of the Gyan mudra is to improve your concentration and sharpen your memory. This is a great mudra to use when seeking to gain knowledge. Try holding this mudra while meditating for insight into your life or a specific issue.

Method: This mudra is performed by touching your index fingertip to the tip of your thumb, while holding your other three fingers straight.

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2. Buddhi

Buddhi mudra

This mudra is used for mental clarity. You perform this gesture when you need to understand intuitive messages from your subconscious (i.e., dreams or meditations that puzzle you). One of the most powerful benefits of this mudra can be found in the improvement of communication, such as improving internal and external dialogue.

Method: This mudra is performed by touching your thumb to your pinky finger, while holding your other three fingers straight.

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3. Shuni (or Shoonya)

Shuni mudra

This gesture is used to improve intuition, alertness, and sensory powers. It also purifies your emotions and thoughts.

Method: This mudra is performed by touching the tip of the middle finger to the thumb tip, while keeping the other three fingers straight and relaxed.

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4. Prana

Prana mudra

The Prana mudra is said to be one of the most important mudras due to its ability to activate dormant energy in your body. Pranais the vital life force within all living things. This mudra will help awaken and enliven your personal prana, and put you more in tune with the prana around you.

Method: Perform this mudra by touching your ring and pinky fingers to the tip of your thumb, while keeping the other two fingers straight.

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5. Dhyana

Dhyana mudra

The Dhyana mudra is shared across several eastern meditation disciplines. The Buddha is often pictured doing this gesture. The significance of this mudra is to bring you into deeper, more profound concentration. This gesture can also help bring you tranquility and inner peace.

Method: To do the Dhyana mudra, simply sit with your hands facing upward, right hand resting on top of your left palm. The right hand, representing enlightenment and higher spiritual faculties, rests over the left hand, representing the world of maya, or illusion.

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6. Surya

Surya mudra

The Surya mudra is intended to increase the solar/fire element in the body and improve metabolism and digestion. It is also useful in reducing heaviness in the body and to help ward off colds, since it increases core body temperature.

Method: Perform this mudra by bending your ring finger to the base of your thumb so that your thumb touches the ring finger’s knuckle. Stretch your other three fingers straight without stressing the hand.

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7. Apana

Apana mudra

The Apana mudra is good for mental or physical digestion and for eliminating waste material from the body. This gesture may also be a form of aiding in mental and emotional digestion when applied to “evil” outside of the body.

Method: To do this posture, bring your second and third fingers to your thumb. The way you position your fingers may differ depending on the discipline you are learning from. Some say that you should rest the two fingers just slightly behind the tip of the thumb, but in many depictions, this mudra is demonstrated by bringing the middle and ring finger to the tip of the thumb.

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8. Ganesha

Ganesha mudra

The Ganesha mudra is widely used and is named after the Hindu Ganesh. Ganesha is said to be a remover of obstacles. Similarly, this mudra is great for relieving yourself of all types of obstructions in your life; it can help you regain positivity and courage when dealing with hard times. By performing this mudra, you bring your attention and energy into the heart center, opening up your lungs and heart to the subject of your meditation.

Aside from the mental and spiritual benefits on your heart chakra, the pulling motion is also beneficial to your cardiac muscles and good for tension in this area of the body.

Method: Place your left hand in front of your chest with your palm facing outward and left thumb down. Next, place your right hand in front of your left with your right palm facing toward you and your left palm. Lock your fingers together, holding them in a half-bent position like a claw.

During your meditation, inhale deep, holding your hands in this gesture, then pull outwardly on your hands as you exhale without unlocking your fingers. Repeat this motion up to six times, then reverse the gesture (i.e., put your right hand in front of your chest facing outward with the thumb down). Be sure to perform this mudra the same number of times in each direction to maintain the balance of the pulling act.

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9. Vayu

Vayu mudra

The Vayu mudra is good for diseases related to air imbalances, such as gas-related pain, flatulence, joint pain, bloating, and abdominal discomfort. This mudra helps regulate Vata-related issues, both mental and physical, relieving them by bringing your air element back into its proper flow.

Method: At first glance, this mudra may seem very similar to the Gyan mudra. The difference is the Vayu has you connect the thumb to the knuckle or hump of the index finger, as opposed to the fingertip in Gyan. Press down on the index finger to your level of comfort; this gesture is intended to relax not strain the joint. For optimal results, do your Pranayama exercises while holding this mudra.

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10. Rudra

Rudra mudra

This mudra is often associated with Shiva as it applies to your internal transformative abilities. The word Rudra means ”lord” in Sanskrit, which is fitting for this gesture because the main benefits affect your personal power center—the solar plexus. It is said to improve clarity and concentration of thought. Often this mudra is prescribed for those dealing with dizziness, exhaustion, and chronic tension in their body. You can use the Rudra mudra (say that out loud for a laugh) to energize your physical body and empower you to reach your highest potential or goals.

Method: To do this mudra, connect your thumb to your index and ring fingers while keeping your other two fingers as straight as you can.

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Everything is connected

THE THIRD UNIVERSAL TRUTH

Photo from this morning run in Magical Wimbledon Common Park.

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Why would people hug trees, dance around them, talk to them or just be.. I feel with all my body and soul all things—seen and unseen—are connected.

All things are different faces of Consciousness – an ocean in motion, a river of eddies, an infinite field of creative works in which the art is the artist, and the artist is the art.

Here’s an ancient story from the East:

     Two monks argue over a flag waving in the wind. One says ‘It’s the flag that is moving.’  And the other says, ‘It’s the wind that is moving.’ So they put the problem to their teacher.
     ‘You are both wrong,’ the teacher says. ‘It’s only consciousness that is moving.’ 

Our essence is not our bodies. We are the energy of consciousness, wearing our bodies like glove puppets, continuously discarding old parts of the puppet and replacing them with new until we withdraw the hands and move on.

That rigid view has lost steam lately. Modern science, looking for the fundamental building blocks of the universe, has made an astonishing discovery. The behaviour and even the existence of atomic particles is somehow dependent on the mind and the intent of the scientist doing the experiment! Yes, you read that correctly. Some scientists are starting to break ranks and say that this is the first scientific sighting of the universal field of consciousness.

Thought—especially passionate thought—is the cutting tool of consciousness. It acts on the great field like a sculptor’s chisel on a rock which contains all possible shapes. The sculptures move around, and shift in and out of existence according to the rhythms of thought. Scientists say energy can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only change its form. But when they recognize the universal consciousness, they will rewrite that law like this: consciousness can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only change the form of its expression.

 

Let’s get use to idea of it – this is reality – we all connected and our actions and thoughts has ripple effect to all around us and beyond maybe we can’t see with our eyes, but we can feel.

We Feel everything just some times choose to ignore it.

Acknowledge it, Embody it, Live it.
xxx
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How to stay healthy this fall

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You may notice the air is getting a little crisper. The leaves have started to change from bright green to shades of orange and yellow. The sun leaves us a little earlier each day. That’s right, it’s fall! That means it’s the start of the holiday season, and with that come some serious health blunders that may compromise the progress you’ve made so far this year. Let’s take a look at some tips to stay healthy this fall.

how to boost your immune system to stay healthy this fall:

1. BUY IN-SEASON AUTUMN VEGETABLES

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Fall brings some tasty vegetables to the table. Buy things like beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, kale, and squash this year.

 

 

 

2. INCREASE BLOOD CIRCULATION / HOT STONE MASSAGE

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Some people find the warmth of the hot stones to be comforting and get this type of massage for relaxation. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly or who have cold feet.

It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.

People also get hot stone massage for a variety of health conditions:

•Back pain and aches

•Poor circulation

•Arthritis

•Osteoarthritis

•Stress, anxiety and tension

•Insomnia

•Depression

3. HERBAL / SALT BATH

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Not just for cleansing, bathing in herbal scented water can help reduce stress, soothe the skin and just be a relaxing experience for everyone.

Herbs can be chosen for their therapeutic offerings; such as softening, soothing muscles, stimulating circulation or drawing out infection. Despite your ideas for an herbal bath, there are some basic rules to follow in order to get the most out of the experience.

When creating an herbal bath, enclose the loose herbs in a sachet, or bag to keep them from sticking to the skin. Also, avoid using extremely hot water, as it is very drying to the skin. Plan on a 10 minute soak, to enjoy the full benefits of using herbs in this way.

Chamomile

Of course chamomile makes the list. Its gentle, fruity scent will whisk away your stress like no other. This is a wonderful choice for small children, but any age will benefit.

Chamomile is an herb that can be used alone in the bath. I use it for my fussy babies, to help them settle before bedtime. It is safe enough for the youngest bathers, and the scent help calm the frazzled mom as well.

Basil

Basil is an herb of choice if you are creating a stimulating bath. The pleasant aroma will wake up your senses and leave you feeling refreshed.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has that recognizable scent we all know of. Use it in a stimulating type bath, or one where the user is feeling congested.

Lavender

Of course, lavender makes the list of bath herbs. Who doesn’t enjoy a soothing soak in lavender scented waters? Perfect for any type of bath, lavender is a wonderful supporting scent for most herbal blends.

Rosemary

Rosemary offers itself as a wonderful bath herb. Its piney scent will help when you are feeling under the weather, and congested. I find that a rosemary bath helps after a long day working in the garden. The aches and pains seem to melt away.

Epsom salt bath

People take Epsom salt baths for many reasons: They can help to relieve stress, soothe your muscles, soften your skin and maybe even reduce the look of wrinkles. Some recent studies have even indicated that Epsom salt baths may be soothing for children with autism.

Epsom salts are made up of the compound magnesium sulfate, and they got their name because one of the earliest discoveries of magnesium sulfate took place in Epsom, England. Magnesium and sulfate both play essential parts in the ways in which our bodies function.

Magnesium is important in that it helps keep enzyme activity regular in your body, and it helps your bodily functions to run smoothly. More than half of all Americans have a magnesium deficiency, which is believed to be a factor in all kinds of health problems

Sulfate also plays an important role in the way in which your body works: It has a role in the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins, and it can strengthen the walls of the digestive tract.

Taking an Epsom salt bath helps restore magnesium and sulfate in your system because they can be absorbed through your skin. Some doctors recommend soaking three times per week for about 12 to 15 minutes. If you’re wondering where to find Epsom salt, just check out your local grocery store, health food store or pharmacy.

4. STABILIZED OXYGEN DROPS

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Stabilized Oxygen is a safe, non-toxic stabilized liquid concentrate of electrolytes of oxygen.  It has been used for many years by travelers to purify drinking water in foreign countries such as Mexico, Africa, India, Russia, etc.  The reason being, the highly portable form stabilized form of aerobic oxygen, not only oxidizes contaminants in questionable water, it immediately kills hostile microbes, anaerobic bacteria and viruses.

Stabilized Oxygen is oxygen in molecular form.  It is a variation of Chlorine Dioxide where oxides of chloride have been stabilized and refined it in its purest form and extremely safe for human consumption.

One of oxygen’s many properties is that it destroys harmful bacteria. As a result, Stabilized Oxygen kills every form of infectious bacteria that water contains where it has been applied. In fact, researchers have not found any anaerobic infectious disease bacteria that Stabilized Oxygen does not kill.  This includes Salmonella, Cholera, Streptococcus, E. coli, Pseudomonos, Staphylococcus and even the dreaded Guardia-Lamblia, just to name a few.

It is interesting to note that the friendly aerobic bacteria which we need in our digestive systems is not affected by Stabilized/Aerobic Oxygen. In fact, the good bacteria thrive in its presence.

Uses of Stabilized Oxygen

There are many applications for the use of Stabilized Oxygen.  The major area of its application is to kill of harmful organisms, and at the same time increase the concentration of oxygen.

Here are some other applications:

1. Purification of potable water.

2. Purification of questionable water.

3. Water storage.

4. Health Benefits. Killing infectious bacteria and candida albicans, helps respiratory and chronic health problems.  By taking 20 drops 3 times a day, people have reported benefits in the following areas: angina attacks, asthma & emphysema, bronchial infections, sinus infections, Alzheimer’s, poor circulation, candida, headaches, energy levels, yeast infections.

5. Maintenance and Health Support.

6. Athletic Training.

7. Energy and Stamina.

8. Spraying Vegetables & Fruits to keep them fresh.

9. Tooth Decay & Gum Infection.

10. Mouthwash. These reported benefits as well as many others are due to the ability of the body to utilize high concentrations of Oxygen introduced through the digestive system. *Note: Aerobic Oxygen can be used in any cold liquid.

Here are observations by Researchers and reports from Doctors who are prescribing Stabilized Oxygen for their patients:

  • It removed chlorine from drinking water and killed infectious bacteria.
  • Stopped epileptic attacks and assisted patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Cancer cells will not grow in the presence of oxygen.
  • Twenty drops of Stabilized Oxygen in a glass of 1) water three times daily reversed patients emphysema.  After about three days of treatment, the bronchial infection (which accompanies emphy­sema) begins breaking up.  Then, the Stabilized Oxygen begins furnishing oxygen which the lungs were previously incapable of producing.  Chronic sinus infections begin breaking up generally on the third day.  Stabilized Oxygen was continued until the infection cleared.
  • Beneficial to patients with respiratory problems. Even when the patient was using an oxygen mask, after several days on Stabilized Oxygen the patient was able to discontinue using the mask.
  • Puts oxygen into the blood so fast it can prevent heart damage due to lack of oxygen.
  • If red cells clump, 20 to 30 drops of Stabilized Oxygen in water will separate them after one hour.
  • Candidiasis — 20 drops of Stabilized Oxygen in Aloe Vera three times a day will clear it up. (Iowa University calls Candidiasis a lesser form of AIDS)
  • Helps digestion. Most food putrefies before digestion is complete causing the spread of infectious bacteria.
  • Sore throats, ulcers and kidney infections all benefited by the use of 20 drops of Stabilized Oxygen in water three times per day.
  • Some dentists inject a 30% Stabilized Oxygen, 70% saline solution into infected gums in place of surgery. They also use if full strength after drilling, and before fillings are put in, to prevent infection. Other clinics are using 30% Stabilized Oxygen, 70% saline solution intravenous for cancer, leukemia and other chronic infections.
  • Viral or bacterial infections anywhere in the body, and common colds, were reversed by the use of Stabilized Oxygen. Twenty drops of Stabilized Oxygen, mixed in a teaspoon of honey and warm water, were administered three times daily until the infections cleared. Stabilized Oxygen acted the same as antibiotics: but with no side effects.
  • Asthma, breathing and heart attacks, were also relieved by Stabilized Oxygen. Forty drops of Stabilized Oxygen mixed in an ounce of brandy (or pure apple juice), quickly puts vital oxygen into the bloodstream. This helped prevent heart muscle damage due to a shortage of oxygen.
  • Has been described by practitioners as acting like an antibiotic but with no side effects.

If you have questions about Stabilized oxygen drops and how it can help you – drop me a line to poweroftouch.info@gmail.com 

5. STAY HYDRATED 

This is an easy one to follow in the summer, but come fall, you may not feel as parched. However, staying hydrated is still crucial to keeping your body running at its best.

6. EXERCISE 

I’m not talking about joining the gym or hiring a personal trainer, I’m talking about incorporating a physical activity that makes you happy and doing it every day, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. This is enough to get your Qi free flowing and gives you added benefits like decreasing stress, anxiety, depression and irritability!

7. MEDITATE

Begin a meditation practice. I know, this sounds hard, but really all you have to do is just sit quietly for 5 minutes where ever you feel safe and sound. It helps to focus on your breath.