Fearless Mudra Exercises

Fearlessness Mudra Exercises Abhaya Mudra

Meaning: In Sanskrit, “Abhaya” means “fearlessness”.

What It Does: This mudra symbolizes protection, peace, benevolence, and the dispelling of fear. It also is an ancient one, demonstrating that the hand is empty of weapons. It indicates friendship and peace. In Buddhism, it’s a symbol of the fearlessness and the spiritual power of the Buddha or bodhisattva.

How To:  Right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm crooked, the palm of the hand facing outward, and the fingers upright and joined. The left hand hangs down at the side of the body.Fearlessness Mudra Exercises

 Hansi Mudra

Meaning:  Courage Mudra (Hansi)

What It Does: This Mudra helps to evoke courage, fearlessness, and relieves anxiety.  It also can stimulate feelings of self-love, acceptance, and ease feelings of loneliness and isolation.

How To:  Touch tips of all fingers together except for the pinkie fingers. Hold hands out to sides in a cactus position with extended pinkies pointing upwards.

Practice Fearlessness Mudra Exercises

Fearlessness Mudra Exercises

•  Mudras can be practiced while seated, lying down, standing, and walking.  It is best to be in a meditative mood.

•  Gertrud Hirschi, author of Mudras Yoga in Your Hands,  suggests a good time to practice is a few minutes before getting up and a few minutes before falling asleep, before or after meals, and on your walks.

•  Pay attention to a symmetrical posture and your breath.  To calm yourself, remember to slow your breath.  To refresh yourself, remember to intensify your breathing.

•  Great masters do not agree on the length of time to practice mudra positions.  I recommend that you start with holding each mudra 1 to 3 minutes at least 2 – 3 times a day.   If you can only hold these positions for one minute and often during the day, you will benefit.  FEARLESSNESS FEELS GREAT!

Asthma Relief with Foot Reflexology

I thought my inquiry from a snowbird client wanting some healing techniques for asthma would be an excellent choice for today’s blog.  The following treatment I am recommending can be found in Ann Gillander’s book The Joy Of Reflexology:

1. First step works on the ball of both feet including the area from the second to the pinky toes.  Support the right foot with your left hand, and with the right thumb work up the ball area starting at the diaphragm line to where the toes join the foot. (See picture above).  Remember to use the pad of the thumb, select a comfortable pressure, and the movement is always like a forward thumb walk never circular or sliding.  Repeat on the bottom of the left foot.

Asthma Relief with Foot Reflexology

2.  Second step on the right foot (dorsal or top side), make a fist with the hand supporting and press into the bottom of the foot.  Using the index finger of the other hand work down the grooves in the foot starting from the toes (see example above).  Finish on the left foot.  The author writes that this treatment helps relieve the anxiety and strain associated with asthma.  Also it is great to know that children seem to respond especially well to this reflexology treatment.

HINT:  You can enhance this treatment by using a lotion that contains essential oil of mint, eucalyptus, or camphor to relieve congestion.