Both hands: Place the little fin-ger at the base of the thumb, the ring finger on the upper thumb joint, and the middle finger on the pad of the thumb. Extend the index finger.
For an acute attack of asthma, first use this mudra from 4 to 6 minutes and then practice the Asthma Mudra (Number 5) until breathing has become normal again. For a long-term treatment, hold both mudras for 5 minutes, five times a day. People with respiratory problems often also suffer from inner loneli-ness, isolation, sexual problems, and sadness. To the outside world, these feelings are often successfully played down with humor. Or these individ-uals bind themselves to others by taking on their duties and concerns. This naturally causes a great deal of stress so that these individuals are pressed for time and out of breath. Since I am all too familiar with such problems,
I can perhaps advise you how to get out of this dilemma. It is important to admit your negative feelings and moods for once and take a good look at them. Be aware that even these feelings are like waves on the surface of the water—they arise and then pass on. The reason for such feelings is often a general weakness that is caused by shallow breathing since improper res-piration doesn’t build up the inner reservoir of strength. When it is reduced, weakness occurs not only on the physical level but also in the
mental-emotional area. Fear, sadness, discontentment, exaggerated sensi-tivity, etc., are the consequences.
In yoga, every breathing exercise and physical exercise builds up this inner strength and keeps up the energy level (practice for at least 30 min-utes every day—you can find the appropriate sequence of exercises on nages 177-189). The following mudra meditation is also effective. Sit upright and hold your hands about 4 inches away from your body. When your arms get tired, place the hands on your thighs. Thyme (Thymus serpyllum L.), primrose (Primulaperis L.), and elder (Sambucus nigra L.) are the most important herbs for the bronchial tubes.
Direct your consciousness to the pelvic floor and sense the surface you are sitting on. Inhalation: Now direct your consciousness into your
abdomen, stomach, chest, throat, forehead, and top of the head. Count from 1 to 7 while you do so. Now hold your breath for about 5 sec-onds. Exhalation: Direct your consciousness from top to bottom and count backward from 7 to 1. Wait patiently until the impulse to inhale comes, and then direct the consciousness back to the top again while inhaling. The pauses after inhaling and exhaling are very important here.
Every breath gives me strength. It strengthens my body, mind, and soul.
Originally posted 2016-04-07 07:13:15.