Hand Yoga For Depression And Sadness:

by Carole Fogarty

“The Guru Is Thy Self”

Hands are a mirror for your brain and body.  Hand yoga or hand mudras engage certain areas of the brain, body and/or soul and have a corresponding influence on them.

The effect of mudras can be intensified with your breath, mindfulness and focus.  Hand mudras can be done whilst either sitting, walking or lying down.

Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa says “A map of the brain shows that the nerve endings on your fingertips correspond to more areas of the brain than any other body area,  except perhaps the tongue and lips”

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Hand yoga supports healthy fingers, joints and hands:

I’m a great lover of hand yoga particularly when meditating.   I sometimes get frustrated at the inflexibility or lack of co-operation from my fingers at times (some hand mudras are quite tricky), but I’m guessing these are the hand and finger positions I need to do the most.

I have come to appreciate that my hands work tirelessly for me.  They too need nurturing and different movements/exercises apart from the daily tasks I give them – to keep the joints and muscles subtle, flexible and healthy.

As I’ve been receiving quite a few requests of late to write about depression, I was thrilled to find a hand mudra to support the healing of depression from my favourite hand yoga book – Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands.

The author, Gertrud Hirschi has had first hand experience with depression in her life, which is why I felt it worthy to share the Tse hand mudra with you.  She strongly feels the Tse hand mudra coupled with the breathing exercise below, helped significantly recharge her batteries.

Tse hand mudra for depression:

Kim Tawm an expert in the field of Chinese Medicine and author of a book on Chi Kung writes:  “Tradition says that this mudra chases away sadness, reduces fearfulness, turns away misfortune, bad luck and overcomes depression”

The Taoist monks believe you need to repeat this hand mudra exercise at least seven to forty nine times, but at least seven times.

The Tse hand mudra combines sound, breath and finger movement to open up and activate the right energy channels in your body and brain.  Read through a few times before starting as it is one of the more involved hand mudras.

Step one:

The way you breath can either stimulate or calm you. Start by getting relaxed in a position of your choice and focus on deepening and relaxing your breath.

Step two:

Looking at the palm of your hands move your thumbs to touch and just rest at the base of the inside of your little finger.

Step three:

Slowly curl your other four fingers over your thumbs whilst slowly inhaling through your nose.  It’s like making a fist with your hands except your thumb is not on the outside of your fingers but firmly covered by your fingers.

Step four:

Hold your breath and repeat the sound of Om (aum) seven times in your head while hearing the vibration of the tone in your right ear.  (I know it sounds a little tricky)

If you can’t hold your breath whilst repeating Om seven times, start with just one Om and slowly increase over the weeks.

Step five:

Now slowly exhale while gently pushing your navel towards your spine, in rhythm with your exhale breath.   At the same time open your hands and imagine all your worries and fears float away from your body. Let it all go.

A full deep exhale where you encourage your navel to move towards your spine has the effect of removing any stale, stuck, stagnant air and toxins trapped inside the bottom of your lungs.  In many of my yoga classes we are always encouraged to exhale fully, deeply and squeeze the navel towards the spine to expel as much stale air as possible.

Repeat at least seven times, enjoy and make sure you let me know what you think.

My favourite author on hand yoga:

Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands is an extremely well researched book and one which I am very happy to personally recommend.  The 52 hand mudra’s  demonstrated in the book, support the healing and relief of many physical ailments.

There is a picture for each mudra plus an affirmation and herbal remedy suggestions.  The book includes acupressure points in your hands, chakras in your hand, Ayurvedic elements, reflex zones, meridian channels, planetary connection and even some palmistry.

If you feel drawn to hand yoga this is a great book to start your journey.

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Nagaraj Y December 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

I am suffering from civier depression kindly send me useful tips and help to gain better health through hand mudras.

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sony December 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm

When you hold breath and say om actually you end up exhaling the breath if one has to make ommmmmmmmm sound .Can you make it more clearly.
Thanks

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SUNDAR April 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Dear Sir

Should we close our eyes while doing this? or Open?

Thanks

Regards

Sundar

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Carole Fogarty April 10, 2012 at 7:04 am

Hi Sundar, I prefer eyes closed. Helps turn our energies inwards. Carole

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Sundar L May 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thanks Carole…

Apologize for the delay in my response

Sundar

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Sundar Lakshmanan May 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Should we do this in a sitting posture or any posture ..for e.g. sitting in a chair..

Thank you

Regards

Sundar

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