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Hand Yoga for Repetitive Strain Injuries

“What happens to your mood when you are sitting in traffic, stand- ing in line at the counter, missing the train, twiddling your thumbs at the computer, laying in bed with the flu or a broken bone, or after preparing a meal and your loved ones aren’t home? These can all be times of aggrava- tion, inner conflict, or frustration. (I used to hate waiting for anything.) Or they can become times of regeneration and self-communion.”

– Gertrud Hirschii from Mudras: Yoga In Your Hands


The little finger of your left hand touches the ring finger of your right hand. The little finger of your right hand touches the ring finger of your left hand. At the same time,the middle fingers of both hands touch the index fingers of the other. The thumbs remain extended.

Do three times a day for 15 minutes.The Surabhi Mudra is very effective against rheumatism and arthrosis. Since these diseases are usually chronic, or at least have existed withinthe person long before any outbreak or pain is perceived, this mudra must also be practised for a longer period of time.

HERBAL REMEDY: A person with these complaints should also be sure to eat a healthy and light diet and drink a great deal of green tea. In addition, rampion (Harpagophytum procumbens DC) can beused to put an end to annoying rheumatism and arthrosis.

MEDITATION: At first, mainly concentrate on your exhalation and imagine how a dark cloud leaves your body each time you exhale. This cloud contains your spent energy, all the waste substances, and every pain. Most importantly, it also contains all your negative thoughts and feelings.
After about 20 breaths, also pay attention to your inhalation, and imagine each time that you are absorbing light, which makes your
entire body shine. Gradually let the cloud that you exhale become lighter and lighter. In conclusion, let yourself be filled with the brightest light and surrounded by a cloak of light that radiates far out into your environment.

AFFIRMATION: Purifying light fills me and burns away everything that oppresses and hurts me. From the bottom of my heart, I seek cleanliness in my body, clarity in my mind, and purity in my soul.