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MU DRAS
YOGA
in your

HANDS
GERTRUD HIRSCHI

SAMUEL WEISER , York Beach, Maine

INC

First published in 20(H) hy
SAMUEL W E I S E R , INC.

Box 612 York Beach, Maine 03910-0612 www.weiserbooks.com English translation copyright © 2000 Samuel Weiser, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informalion storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from Samuel Weiser, Inc. Reviewers may quote brief passages. First published in German as Mudras: Yqga mil dem Ifleinen Finger, by Herman Bauer Verlag, Freiburg im Breslau, Germany. Copyright © 1998 Verlag H e r m a n n Veriag KG. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hirschi, Gertrud. [Mudras. F.nglish] Mudras : yoga in your hands / Gertrud Hirsch . p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-57863-139-4 (pbk : alk. paper) 1. Yoga, Hatha. [.Title. KA781.7.H577U2000 613.7'046—dc2l 99-087 HI VG Translated by Christine M, G r i m m Typeset in 11/14 Granjon Cover and text design by Kathryn Sky-Peck Illustations by Ito Joyuatmojo PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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CONTENTS

Specific Mudras Acknowledgments Dear Reader Part One EXPLORING THE MUDRA CONCEPT What Are Mudras? Origin of Mudras Breathing, Visualization, and Affirmations to Enhance the Mudras Mudras and Music Mudras and Color Using Mudras to Heal Physical Complaints Mudras and Healing Emotional Problems Mudras and Other Hand Therapies My Personal Experiences Mudras and Meditation Mudras for Recharging Energy Reserves Mudras for Coming to Terms with the Past Mudras for Improving Relationships

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Mudras for Solving Everyday Problems Mudras for Building Character Mudras for Planning the Future Mudras for Connecting with the Divine .45 46 47 47 49 50 51 52 54 .55

Meditations for Each Finger Meditation 1: Thumb Energy Meditation 2: Index Finger Energy Meditation 3: Middle Finger Energy Meditation 4: Ring Finger Energy Meditation 5: Little Finger Energy

Part Two

THE MUDRAS
Mudras for the Body, Mind, and Soul Spiritual Mudras The Mudras of Hatha Yoga 58 143 166

Part Three

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
Mudra Exercises How to Create Your Own Mudra What a Mudra Cannot Do 176 190 191

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Appendices

A: Nutrition B: There is an Herb for Every Malady C: Chinese Five Element Theory D: Some Words About the Chakras A Closing Word Bibliography Index About the Author .

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SPECIFIC MUDRAS

Abhaya Mudra, 152 Agochari Mudra, 168 Akashi Mudra, 169 Apan Mudra, 74 Apan Vayu Mudra, 90 Ardha Cakrasana, 186 Asthma Mudra, 68 Atmanjali Mudra, 144 Back Mudra, 92 Bhramara Mudra, 118 Bhuchari Mudra, 167 Bhudi Mudra, 88 Bhujangani Mudra, 169 Bhumisparsha Mudra, 156 Bronchial Mudra, 66 Detoxification Mudra, 122 Dharmachakra Mudra, 158 Dhyani Mudra, 146

Dynamic Mudra, 138 Ganesha Mudras, 60 Garuda Mudra, 102 Hakini Mudra, 112 Jnana Mudra and Chin Mudra, 139, 167 Joint Mudra, 132 Kaki Mudra, 170 Kalesvara Mudra, 134 Kartari Mudra, 189 Ksepana Mudra, 98 Kubera Mudra, 94 Kundalini Mudra, 96 Limber-Up and Warm-Up Exercises, 177 Linga Mudra, 72 Lotus Mudra, 150 Maha Bandha, 172

SPECIFIC MUDRAS

Abhaya Mudra, 152 Agochari Mudra, 168 Akashi Mudra, 169 Apan Mudra, 74 Apan Vayu Mudra, 90 Ardha Cakrasana, 186 Asthma Mudra, 68 Atmanjali Mudra, 144 Back Mudra, 92 Bhramara Mudra, 118 Bhuchari Mudra, 167 Bhudi Mudra, 88 Bhujangani Mudra, 169 Bhumisparsha Mudra, 156 Bronchial Mudra, 66 Detoxification Mudra, 122 Dharmachakra Mudra, 158 Dhyani Mudra, 146

Dynamic Mudra,...
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