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Can Hand Yoga Relieve Stress?
By Carla Y. Faulkner
One day while Earl was working, his observation was absorbed by one of his colleagues, named Alice, who peacefully sat at her own desk holding her hands in a rather odd position. And her eyes were not open; it seemed as if she was asleep or lost deep in thoughts. Earl's inquisitiveness piqued because they did jobs which were incredibly stressful, as they were in charge of technical customer care support from customers who were often angry. Yet Alice did not seem bothered. In fact, she seemed very peaceful and content.
So when Earl finally decided to satisfy his curiosity, he asked her what she was doing. Alice replied that she had a sore throat and in effect, she was performing a yoga position which entailed the usage of hands in order to wipe out energies and have her throat healed. Bemused, Earl asked, "Can hand yoga help you alleviate stress?"
Hand yoga, or the art of practicing healing mudras, is a very ancient form of healing that is used by a lot of people. The common perception of yoga positions is that you have to turn and twist your entire body into complicated postures. But the basic fact is that yoga can be performed in many ways - just like working out could be performed differently.
Mudra has the ability to alleviate diseases and improvise our lifestyles. There are various categories of ailments from which we suffer that makes it imperative to mention important factors which the hand yoga can help cure:
1. It relieves fatigue and stress
2. It makes you more alert and creative
3. Helps cure eye diseases as well as headaches
4. Helps cure an upset stomach
5. Helps calm down anxiety
6. It boosts confidence and self esteem
7. Helps get you rid of coughing and other symptoms such as the common type of cold
The following list can help cover almost any disease known to mankind. And the tips for this yoga are available. Mudras are simple but it is preferable to perform them in isolation, where there is little or no sound or distractions. When Mudras are performed in solitude, they work most effectively.
Keep in mind that if you perform this initially as an amateur, you should do it in complete silence. After practice, however, you can be able to concentrate anywhere you please. An advantage of this type of yoga is that you need not require a yoga mat. Nevertheless, hand yoga possesses the same attributes of any other form of yoga, which is healing and relieving.
So if you think such a form of simplistic yoga is perfect for you, then it would not be a bad idea to research the ancient form of practice in depth. The web, perhaps, is the best place to research, and a reliable website is very helpful in order to educate you about yoga information. Do not forget to learn about the wonders hand yoga can do for you if performed properly.
Yoga Mudras for Healing - Do they Really Work?
It has been proven many times that yoga can be used therapeutically to treat physical or psychological ailments. Less explored, however, is the effectiveness of practicing mudras for the sake of healing. For some, this practice can have deep spiritual meaning. Others proclaim it to be effective in healing both the self and others. And for each person who supports it loudly, there is an opposing viewpoint that makes it confusing to learn the truth.
The practice of intricate finger and hand motions to form symbolic visuals is known as mudras. In Sanskrit, the word mudra means "sealing in the energy," and these gestures are used in a visual language to direct healing powers towards the body. Each motion of the fingers or hands has a particular meaning. They symbolize specific areas of the body to be healed, certain deities that are to be called upon, and cultural rituals that are important to the person practicing them.
A relaxed lotus pose is the most ideal one to choose when practicing yoga mudras for the sake of healing. Putting too much emphasis on the body with complicated or weight-bearing poses will make mudras less effective. Meditating before practicing mudras can help you to focus on the hand gestures, but practicing it after completing a mudra sequence may be more ideal for directing the healing powers to areas of the body where it is most needed.
Just as there are many poses involved with yoga, there are numerous mudras for particular areas of healing. The Achala Agni mudra is used for improving digestive health, both of food and of emotions. Similarly, the Apanayana mudra is used to decrease stress and improve digestion. Immunity is improved through the use of the Linga, Bhramara, and Ushas mudras. Both the Purna Hridaya and Mushti mudras can be used to strengthen the heart.
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer on whether or not mudras used for the sake of healing are effective. There is limited research behind the art, but promoters of yoga mudras for healing provide arguments from a variety of viewpoints. Skeptics, however, cannot argue against mudras any more than they can argue weakly against the practice of yoga and meditation. This indicates that there is nothing to actually argue against; the practice of yoga mudras for healing may not be completely proven, but there is enough anecdotal evidence to make it worth practicing.
Science and medicine have scoffed at mudra, mantra, prayer, and positive thinking for centuries, but in times of need, I suggest you do all three.
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