HEALTH AT YOUR FINGER TIPS.
Be the doctor and master of your own body and mind
Introduction to Sree Mudras:
Mudras are positions of the body that have some kind of influence on the energies of the body, or your mood. Mostly the hands and fingers are held in some position, but the whole body may be part of the mudra as well. The most well-known mudras are probably the ones
Some Western writers have defined 'Mudra' as mystic hand gestures used to focus subtle energy, transmit teachings through symbols and confer psychic protection
What is Published About Mudras?
A review of the literature in April 2014 found no published peer-reviewed studies that looked specifically at mudra as a phenomenon or a treatment variable. There are a few Kundalini studies that utilized movements, mantra and mudra in combination but the practice was not isolated to mudra and no specific discussion of the theoretical explanation of mudra was published. A review of the few available books on mudra found that beyond the relaxation response and elemental model descriptions of possible explanations, there was no discussion reflecting emerging neuroscience and the complexities of human movement and behavior
How Might Mudras Work?
The latest science findings reveal a level of complexity and integration of function and form that leaves behind old perspectives such as:
The revelations of epigenetics, neuroplasticity and interpersonal mind that were mere speculation at the turn of this century are now accepted facts. The reductionist process of science has revealed an integrative reality suggesting many possible explanations for the role of mudra. The scope of this post is constrained to a laundry list of ideas intended to spur further questions.
Mudras in Therapy
We have mentioned earlier that The World Health Organisation defines good health as:
" A STATE OF COMPLETE PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL WELL BEING, NOT MERELY THE ABSENCE OF DISEASE OR INFIRMITY."
On this site, we shall be dealing with only those Mudras that have a salutary effect on the mind and the body to help maintain them at peak efficiency and /or help to cure them should they get stricken by any ailment or disease. On this site, we shall be dealing with only those Mudras that have a salutary effect on the mind and the body to help maintain them at peak efficiency and /or help to cure them should they get stricken by any ailment or disease. Like any Yoga, Mudras must be practiced sincerely and after gaining full knowledge of them. With few exceptions, a practice of these, with partial knowledge can, at the least, result in no gains and if practiced wrongly also produce undesireable effects. Like any Yoga, Mudras should be learned from a Guru. After understanding the basic principles, the practitioners can generally do most of the Mudras by themselves. Like any Yoga, Mudras are natures way of healing, as intended by nature and therefore, the mandates of nature are to be followed. These are no instant pills, which do give temporary relief but harm in the long run. While some Mudras do give instant relief, for permanent and long term gains they should be done with sincerity and belief.
Remember, the gains from all Yogic procedures are permanent and achieved without interfering with the natural working of the body mind or spirit.
A Scientific look
Any living body is made of 5 distinct elements:
These are not as per science's definition of elements but refer to the five building blocks that go into the formation of any living body. Several ancient health systems are based on the concept of the balance of the five elements. Indian Medical science according to Ayurved and metaphysics affirm that distortion or impairment of the 5 elements create outer disturbance and inner sickness in the body.
The 5 fingers of the hands represent these 5 elements: The Thumb symbolises the Fire The Forefinger symbolises the Wind The Middle finger symbolises the Ether The Ring finger symbolises the Earth The Little or small finger symbolises the Water
The finger tips of every living being have many concentrated nerve root endings which are free energy discharge points. Science also confirms that around every tip there is a concentration of free electrons. By touching together of the tips of the fingers or the finger tips to other parts of the palms this free energy (Prana) is redirected back into the body along specified channels, back up to the brain. The redirected energy traveling through the nerves stimulates the various chakras. Keeping the hands on the knees stimulates the Gupta Nari and makes the energy start from the Mooladhara Chakra.
Thus, the tension applied to the nerve/s and/or the neural or psycho-neural circuits formed by the mudras help in balancing the five basic elements (or building blocks). This balancing of the tension, and redirection of the internal energy effects the changes in veins, tendons, glands and sensory organs, to bring the body back to a healthy state.
Keeping specified nerves stretched for specified periods tones up of the nervous system. The fingers of each hand are held folded in certain specific postures and this provides the required tension on the nerves.
The fingers of each and every individual in the world are different in their shapes and sizes. These are determined and provided by nature as a tool to bring the nerves into prime condition when affected adversely.
Thus, they provide a different 'end tension' on the nerves when different individuals fold their fingers or the same individual folds the fingers by different methods in different Mudras. This is exactly the tension required by that individual for that particular application. Nature has already bestowed us with the tools to be used to keep us healthy.
Compare this with Acupressure where the nerves are influenced by the application of pressure on certain points or Acupuncture, where slight electrical impulses are conveyed through needles inserted in the body. The advantage in Mudras is that the pressure to be applied on the nerves is automatic and controlled by the shape and size of the fingers and not by external agencies.
Because the Mudras work on the nerves, they are a NEURAL SCIENCE
Mudra Vigyan is also a science based on the principles of the Indian Medical Science (Ayurveda) which lays down three factors primarily responsible for the body's ills, Vata (wind), Pitta (bile) and Kapha (Phlegm). 10 types of Vayus (Winds) circulate through the nerves of the human body and can be controlled with MUDRAS. MUKHYA VAYUS (Main Winds) Pran Vayu Mouth; central nose; central nabhi; heart Apan Vayu Rectum; regenerative organs; knees; loins Stomach; waist; navel and calves Vyan Vayu Eyes; ears; shoulders; ankles; throat Udan Vayu Hands and feet Saman Vayu assists other Vayus UPVAYUS (Secondary winds) Nag Vayu, Kurm Vayu, Kriker Vayu, Krikal or Devadutta Vayu, Dhananjaya Vayu and these winds circulate in places like the skin and bones etc
The rules to keep these Vayus in good order are called PANCHMUKHI PRANOPASANA or the five faceted worship of the life forces and use the Mudras to achieve their ends.
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