THE POWER OF YOUR HANDS by Esther Rodriguez Brown

Our hands are an important part of our body but often we do not think about our hands when we talk about health. Through our hands, we have the ability to connect with others and with ourselves. We give, and we receive. Think about all the things that you do with your hands and fingers. You caress the people that you love, extend your hands to help those in need, and many other gestures of love and kindness. Of course, our hands can be the source of pain and suffering, but when we operate from the high vibration of love, our hands only can bring compassion and care. Our hands become an extension of our Consciousness.

Vedic philosophy understands the oneness of all, and thatseparation is just an illusion of our ego. We do not heal in a vacuum; we do not operate in the individuality of our being. What we create and become is part of a collaboration, many times invisible to our physical eyes. Some people want to believe that the “I” is the most important part of our existence, but only if the “I” identifies with our collective soul, not with our individuality rising from the ego. Learning mudras is alsopart of an integrated practice.

It is an important relationship between the practice of Mudras and Ayurveda, and how each of the mudras are related to the elements and doshas.

 Apan vayu mudra

 Element: Ether, Fire, Earth

Dosha: Vata, Pitta

Apan vayu mudra is a very powerful mudra which, in ancient India, was believed to save lives in case of heart attacks.

How to practice: To perform this mudra, the index finger folds and the tip touching the base of the thumb. Touch the tips of the thumb with your middle finger and ring finger, the little finger remains straight and pointing outward.

The benefits: Folding the index finger reduces the air element, which helps with relieving pain and relaxes the body and the mind. Connection of the thumb, middle finger, and ring finger increases the fire and the earth elements, which helps to detoxify and cleanse the body, supplying more oxygen to heart arteries and increasing the power of the heart. It is believed that when one is suffering from chest pain, this mudra can help ease the pain. People with Kapha constitution should practice this mudra moderately. Practicing this mudra is beneficial for people with fast heartbeats and people suffering from chest pain caused by blockages within the arteries. It can also help to relieve head- aches, toothaches, backaches, or pain in the joints. People who suffered from cardiac ailments in the past should perform Apan vayu mudra regularly.

Affirmation: I give love and I receive love

Esther Rodríguez Brown