Calm Parkinson's Tremors with Vayu MudraJan 05, 2022
One of the common symptoms of living with Parkinson’s is the experience of tremors. These can cause a person to feel self-conscious and frustrated, which can increase stress and feelings of depression.
While yoga cannot cure Parkinson’s, it does have many tools under its belt to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
The physical practice of yoga has clearly demonstrated improved motor skills, gait and balance.
The relaxation aspects of yoga, such as meditation, mindfulness and breathing exercises, enhance the relaxation (rest and digest) response and greatly minimise stress and depression.
Overall, the tools of yoga boost immune function, promote improved sleep, support improved digestive processes, build physical and emotional resilience, and lower your risk of dementia.
One tool of yoga is the use of mudras. A mudra is a gesture that also translates as a “seal” (as in sealing in the energy), usually made with the hands. Our hands contain many nerve endings and as we hold a gesture we are activating certain nerve centres and pathways throughout the body and brain – similarly to acupressure points that are stimulated during acupuncture.
Vayu mudra, translating as air or wind mudra, has been found extremely useful in reducing tremors experienced by people living with Parkinson’s. Vayu mudra balances the “air” in the body. On a subtle level, too much air movement creates excess activity in the mind and body. Too little and we can become lethargic.
Vayu mudra helps us to bring breath awareness into the chest, ribs and upper back, cultivate feelings of vitality and compassion for self and others.
The bonus of a mudra is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. While it is great to sit in meditation and hold a mudra, you can take up a mudra at any time you need to – sitting and watching a movie, or walking down the street. Try to hold the mudra with a gentle focus on your breath.
Let me know how you go. I would love to learn about your experiences with Vayu mudra.
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