Mudras and Healing Emotional Problems

by Gertrud Hirschi One important reason why I started with yoga was an experience I had as a young person taking asthma medication. As a result of tak­ing medication, I could no longer grasp correlations, and my mem­ory was impaired; I was apathetic and immensely indifferent. I thought I might be “sick in the head” […]

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30 Days of Yoga Camp

If you don’t already know about the YouTube channel “Yoga With Adriene” then you’re missing out. It’s one of the most popular yoga channels on YouTube and for very good reason. Adriene’s style is so relaxed and down to earth that anyone, whether new to yoga or experienced, can enjoy following along.

This video is the first of her 30 day yoga camp. Enjoy!

The video above can be quite challenging on the wrists, so it’s a good idea to watch the short video below first:

The Mudra For Back Pains

Back Mudra

The Back Mudra primarily benefits those who have a weak back and suffer from acute back pains.

Back Mudra (left & right hands)

How To Apply

Left Hand: Gently press your thumb joint against the nail of your index finger. Extend the remaining fingers.
Right Hand: Press the tip of your thumb gently against the tips of your middle and little fingers. Extend the ring and index fingers.

• This mudra is enhanced when used with the Jalandhara Bandha (passive version.)
• Another method is to lay on your back, tuck your chin in a little and place your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent. Relax and apply the Back Mudra.

Duration

For acute complaints, use until you experience results, otherwise apply this mudra for 4 minutes, four times a day.

Benefits

• Back pain resulting from bad posture while sitting or house cleaning is relieved.
• Acute back pain can also be relieved.
• Cramps are cured.
• Once the back is cured, physical and spiritual blockages are removed from the spine allowing Prana to circulate much more freely around the body.
• The left hand is applying the actively “giving” version of the Jnana Mudra (the thumb pad against the fingernail), therefore one receives the benefits of the “Gesture of Wisdom.”

The Challenge of The Right Hand

Usually when describing mudras I advise facing the palms upwards in order to receive energy. However, if someone has weak or stiff wrists, they may feel discomfort in the right hand when applying the Back Mudra while laying down with upward-facing palms. Wrist exercises such as the one on this MQ blog can prevent discomfort. If for some reason you can’t do the wrist exercises, you can turn the palm of your right hand towards your body when laying down, but still keep the left hand facing upwards. When you’re sitting erect, this mudra is easier to apply with upright palms because the elbows naturally bend.

The finger positioning of the right hand is one of the most challenging of all mudras, and takes some getting used to, but I’m sure some people have no problem applying this mudra.

Let me know how this mudra feels for you.

Yoga For Back Pain

Back pain is acquired in many different ways, such as lifting a heavy item incorrectly, sports injuries, obesity etc. However, in this Computer Age many of us spend far too many hours sat at our desks, staring at computer screens. What we tend to forget (or not even realize in the first place) is how much damage is done to our backs, especially the lower back.

The infographic below shows some stretches and exercises for back pain relief. Click the associated link below it for more back pain information and exercises.

Yoga Eases Symptoms of Chronic Low Back Pain

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In my next blog post I will be showing a mudra that is specifically designed for back pain.