APAN VAYU MUDRA

Bend your index finger and let its tip touch the ball of your thumb. At the same time, the tips of the middle and ring fingers touch the tip of your thumb. Extend your little fin-
ger. Do this with each hand. Use as needed until you feel the effect, or practice three times a day for 15 minutes as a course of treatment. This finger position can have a first-aid function when you use it at the first sign of a heart attack, according to Keshav Dev. It regulates many heart complications. In an emergency, it can even have a quicker effect than placing nitroglycerin (the most frequently used immediate remedy) under the tongue. Heart attacks, as well as chronic heart complaints, don’t just come
out of the blue. Instead, they are an indication that a person’s lifestyle must be rethought and planned differently. (The Ornish Program has been very  successful in this respect. 11 ) This mudra can also be used for the general healing and strengthening of the heart. Heart patients are often so tied up with obligations that they no
longer perceive what appears to be “senseless” from the outside. TheyDean Ornish, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease (Random House, 1990).

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no have no time to relax. They also have a hard time coping with stillness.
something always has to be going on, and they often give so much sup-
port to something or someone at work or during their leisure time there
is no room for their own needs. Yet, it is precisely these quiet moments
that are the ones to nourish our souls. Permit yourself some time for the
rosebud image—even if you barely have any to spare. Perhaps you can lis-
ten to some music—music that brings you a feeling of lightness—while
you do so.
HERBAL REMEDY: Vitamin E in wheatgerm, magnesium, and lemon
balm (Melissa officinalis L.) also promotes relaxation in the heart.
Imagine a red rosebud in your heart. Whenever you exhale, a petal
opens, until the entire flower is completely open. The petals now form
a rosette, and the rosette gets a bit larger with every breath until the
flower is oversized as it rests upon your chest. You can even feel its
weight. Just as your chest rhythmically rises and falls while you
breathe, the flower moves as well. Perhaps you can even imagine the
fragrance of the rose.

Affirmation
/ have the time and the leisure to see beauty and enjoy the silence.

Originally posted 2016-04-28 09:47:19.

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