With each hand bend the index finger so that its tip touches the ball of the thumb. Then press the thumb lightly onto the index finger. Extend the other fingers in a
relaxed way. For chronic complaints, do this mudra three times daily for 15 minutes; otherwise, use it until it has an effect. This position prevents “wind” (mean-ing flatulence), and a sensation of fullness, in all parts of the body. Ayurvedic medicine assumes that there are 51 types of wind in the body that produce numerous disorders.
These include gout, sciatica, flatulence, rheumatism, and trembling in the hands, throat, and head. If you use the Vayu Mudra within 24 hours after an outbreak of a disorder or disease caused by wind, you can very quickly count on improvement. For chronic complaints, the Pran Mudra (Number 6) on page 70 should be practiced. The Vayu Mudra must be discontinued as soon as the disease disappears. Too much wind in the body can be caused by inner waste substances, particularly in the intestines, or inner tensions that are in turn based on states of agitation. Frequently, the normal breathing rhythm (which is dif-ferent for each individual) is also disrupted. As an additional measure, the “stomach contractor” can also be prac-ticed. To do this, assume the “cat posture.” Inhale and lift your head some-

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what; exhale and lower your head again while vigorously pulling in the abdominal wall at the same time. During the pause in breath- ing, pull in the abdominal wall and let go of it several times. Then inhale deeply again; raise your head again. Repeat the whole exercise a number of times. In addition, the following visualization can help against tensions and states of agitation. Imagine that you are standing in a storm. While exhaling, blow out all your inner tensions and waste substances into the wind. Now the
storm is dying down and you also become calm by letting your exha-lation become slower and more calm again. Now lengthen the pauses between inhalation and exhalation. The air has a fine texture as it streams into your lungs; slowly and peacefully it leaves you again. Let yourself sink into a pleasant state of relaxation, from which new
strength can develop.

I  am calm and serene at any time and in any place.

Originally posted 2016-04-19 08:18:20.

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