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Hand Therapy

Mudras are kind of like yoga for the hands.  Mudras are hand positions, or exercises, used to balance various energies in the body.  We use different mudras for each dosha in the Dosha Yoga DVD.  In Ayurveda, there are five elements, and each corresponds with one of the fingers.  The thumb represents fire.  The second finger represents air.  The third finger represents space.  The fourth finger, or ring finger, represents earth, and the little finger represents water.  Mudras can have positive effects on our physiology.  And we can get some of the same benefits by working with our hands, playing an instrument, washing our hands, and massaging our hands.  The next time you wash your hands, try consciously massaging them at the same time.  Spend time on each finger, and then rub both palms together vigorously.  While you're sitting at your desk, use the thumb and index finger to gently massage the “web‚" between each of your fingers.  Place one hand on your desk, and use the second, third, and fourth fingers of the other hand to gently massage between the long bones on the back of the hand.

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