Heal the heart with Heart Mudra or Mritsanjivini Mudra
Dr. C. V. Jayanthy., Ph.D
“If a person who has developed heart trouble performs
Mritsanjivini Mudra, it will act like a tablet of nitroglycerin or sorbitrate,
not temporarily but to a path of permanent recovery.”
Manushi school of Yoga, International teacher training course practice especially enjoy using the mudras since the effort involved is very minimal. We can practice mudras anywhere, anytime, no matter where we are., How we are? Mudras healing both minor and major complaints.
Mudra is derived from the Sanskrit words MUD (delight or pleasure) and DRA (to draw forth). Mudras move us toward joy, reconnecting us with our highest selves.
Mudras are the sign language of yoga, often referred to as energetic ‘seals’ as they can alter our attitude and perceptions, while deepening awareness and concentration.
Mudra is a very exact and scientific Yogic function by which one can develop and even change one’s internal and external disposition viz. Mental (anger, emotional disturbance, intelligence etc.), Spiritual (concentration, meditation) or Physical (in various diseases, illnesses). Mudras can bring miraculous Mental, Spiritual and Physical changes and improvements in our body.
They help in quickly balancing the elements of the body. Mudras effect changes in Veins, Tendons, Glands and Sense Organs. Mudras need no prior preparation. They can be done (mostly but with exceptions) at any time, anywhere and virtually under any circumstances. Mudras are like literal remote control switches bringing quick and effective changes. They help in bringing about permanent changes. Mudras help in Kundalini Yoga to awaken the Cosmic Energy and to Unite Consciousness of Inner Supreme Soul.
Mritsanjeevani Mudra for a Healthy Heart
Science of Mudra is one easy way of keeping our heart health. Before going further let’s first discuss how the heart functions and the problems associated with the heart.
The major function of heart is to pump oxygenated blood to every part of the body and de-oxygenated blood to the lungs for purification. Any malfunction in this process leads to heart diseases. One type of malfunction could involve a blood clot which interferes with the flow of blood (Coronary heart disease). In a worse case scenario, this can lead to a heart attack. Another malfunction could be the thickening of arteries.
This is where the elasticity of the blood vessels is lost, arteries become narrow and as a result there is poor blood circulation throughout the body (Arteriosclerosis). Yet another malfunction could be the weakening of the heart muscles.
Good news is that all these problems can be cured by practicing one mudra, which is “Apan Vayu Mudra, also called Mrit Sanjeevani Mudra.”
Method of Mritsanjeevani Mudra
The tip of the middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of the thumb, while the index finger touches the base of thumb and the little finger stretched out.
Practice this mudra as many times as you can. Heart patients and blood pressure patients can practice the mudra atleast 3 times a day for 15 minutes to see best results.
We do four things while doing Mritsanjeevani Mudra
1. With the folding of index finger, the air element is reduced which immediately relieves the pain in the heart. While touching the tips of thumb, middle finger and ring finger, fire (heat), space and earth elements are increased.
2. The impurity in the blood is removed with the increase of heat element.
3. The increased space element helps in the supply of more oxygen to arteries of the heart.
4.The increased earth element helps in strengthening the muscles of the heart.
So with a very simple manipulation of our fingers we act on four areas at a time to prevent ourselves from the heart attack. This mudra is an antidote to heart attack and acts like a saviour in case of heart attack, if practiced by the person experiencing the attack. This mudra acts as a very effective emergency treatment.
Tips for Using Mudras
1. Hold the Position – If you want to get the most out of a mudra, you’ll want to hold the position for a few minutes at least, but holding them for about 15-20 minutes will provide the best results. You may want to make this a part of your meditation, which will help you get the time you need.
2. Use Both Hands – It is important that you make the positions with both of your hands and you hold them with both at the very same time. This is far more powerful than trying mudras with one hand only.
3. Do Them Anywhere – Many of the mudras are very simple and you can do them anywhere. Do them with your hands inside of your pockets or you may want to do them where your hands are not seen when you feel the need to.
4. Acupressure in this points is connected with the heart and the lung meridian.
I hope you enjoy trying out the mudras and the supportive remedies from God’s pharmacy presented here. I am certain you will be enthusiastic about the results!
Dr. S. Natarajan., Ph.D
CHANGE to UNCHANGEABLE
Your happiness and weight are intimately connected. The good news is you can without sacrifice food more and weigh less that’s right, you can lose weight without feeling tiredness.
Healthy Body Weight
Manushi school of Yoga research foundation, experience of the last 20 years research and practice it developed systematically and scientifically practice for maintain a healthy body weight. Health and longevity are threatened when a person is either overweight or underweight. Overweight and obesity increase one’s risk of developing serious CVD. Likewise, individuals who are underweight may have a higher risk than others of cardiac, musculoskeletal and reproductive disorders. Thus, healthy body weight is key to a healthy and longer life. One will learn about weight control principles and practices, as well as guidelines for designing exercise, yoga and diet programs for weight loss, weight gain and body composition change. Individuals with body fat levels falling at or near the extremes of the body fat continuum are likely to have serious health problems that reduce life expectancy and threaten their quality of life.
Physician and Experts in the field of fitness and health agree that the key to successful weight loss with sustainable weight management is adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as the four-element approach of ancient wisdom Hatha yoga Program for healthy weight. The Manushi school of Yoga research foundation. Reversal approach based on Indian wisdom, it is the essence of the science of Ayurveda that has existed for “time out of mind” in this holy land, India. The bija mantra, the foundation, of Ayurveda is: “prasanna aathma indriya manaha, swastha ithyabhideeyathe.” As long as the mind is free from all the dangerous negative thoughts and is filled with universal love, good health will be guaranteed. Patanjali’s Yoga Shastra with its advocacy of the sattvic diet and chitta vritti nirodhah (control over ones greedy desires) would, of course, be the ideal recipe for ideal body weight and good health.
It is a lifestyle that is built on four pillars equally weighted elements that include:
1. Ahar – what we eat, how much we eat and how we eat,
2. Vihar – our rest / recreation time, our routines including Niyamas,
3. Achar – our conduct with the external world
4. Vichar – our goals in life, thinking pattern of mind.
These four pillars work synergistically together to support overall improved health outcomes, including weight loss. If even one of them is ignored then we shall bear pain, disease and suffering to some intensity. This thought has been reiterated not only in the Yoga Sutras but in Ayurveda and the Bhagwad Gita as well.
Each element has significant benefits for weight loss. For example, mental health has been shown to be a significant factor for weight loss and weight management, and when included as part of a balanced, integrated approach, the outcomes may be even more sustainable and comprehensive. This includes lower cholesterol and other quality of life improvements, such as better sleep, enhanced energy and mood from feel-good brain chemicals released during mind – body practice. The research conducted by the Manushi school of Yoga in the result Lifestyle showed an average weight loss of 22 pounds in the first year, with sustained weight loss in most after five years.
If you ‘are obese, you may not be able to do many things that could make your life more enjoyable. You may find that you cannot play vigorously with your grandchildren (or your children), walk long distances, participate in sports, find a comfortable seat in a movie theatre or airplane or have an active life. In fact, even sitting still in a chair may be impossible without experiencing back or joint pain. For many, standing is hard on the knees. Carrying around too much weight can dramatically affect physical mobility, work, mental health, self-perception and social life. So you see, this isn’t about death; it really is about missing many of the more enjoyable things in life.
A comprehensive report and roundtable discussion of the role of healthy living morning to night according to the season in the prevention and treatment of obesity and its comorbidities, Obesity may be caused by genetic and environmental factors. As an yoga specialist, one play an important role in combating this major health problem by encouraging a physically active lifestyle and by planning yoga programs and scientifically sound diets for one’s clients, in consultation with trained nutrition professionals. Without restricting caloric intake and increasing food physiology through mind and body medicine are effective ways of reducing body weight and fatness while normalizing blood pressure and blood lipid profiles.
The biology of the physics of obesity might have to do with eating but the meta-physics of obesity might depend on the inner discontent with a heavy mind full of the massive load of the negative feelings like hatred, jealousy, ego, pride and anger. Universal compassion might be the best and inexpensive antidote to today’s epidemic of obesity. Rather, it is the mental obesity that manifests as physical obesity in reality.
The holistic approach to obesity starts with spiritual management by a thinking doctor. That, when coupled with a sensible simple diet, would cure obesity permanently. All other quick-fix methods like the crash diets would necessarily come to grief in this background.
An energy imbalance in the body results in a weight gain or loss. There is an energy balance when the caloric intake equals the caloric expenditure. A positive energy balance is created when the input (food intake) exceeds the expenditure (resting metabolism plus activity level).
When we look into one apple, we see the entire universe. All the planets and stars, our sun and moon, the oceans, rivers, forests, fields, and creatures are in this apple. The apple tree is a manifestation of an infinite web of life, and for the tree to exist, every component of the web is vital. The apple is the gift of the tree and of the infinite universe propagating and celebrating itself through the apple. The seeds fall, in the apple, to become new trees, or are eaten by humans or bears or birds and thus distributed more widely, spreading and benefiting the tree and the whole system, unfolding in utter vastness, complexity, and perfection.
Intelligence is the ability to make meaningful connections, and this is true for all living systems, such as humans, animals, communities, and societies.