My mentor, Ms. Virginia Porges Wise use to show me ways to use our fingers and hands to heal the mind, body and soul and she called it Mudras healing. Ms. Virginia lived to ninety years of age and never took medications and the very first time she began taking prescribed medications she then had a stroke and died.
I am talking about a woman who in her eighties would get up each and every morning and did a split better than any cheerleader I ever knew including myself. I could not do splits as well as Ms. Virginia and she believed in eating natural and always properly with little or no sweets and only used public transportation and walked daily.
Many use Mudras while doing yoga.
Did you know that your hands hold an innate healing power that has been used for centuries for healing various ailments and/or illnesses?
‘Mudra’, a Sanskrit word, means a symbolic hand gesture that has the power of producing joy and happiness. It has been proved thatpractice practise of mudras not only contribute to one’s overall good health but can be used as a preventive measure as well. Our hands define our karma and fingers being the power points, are a link between individual Pranic force and universal cosmic energy.
The position of our hands has the ability to influence energy of our physical, emotional and spiritual body. Mudras help to link the brain to the body, soothe pain, stimulate endorphins, change the mood and increase our vitality.
Mudras have been an integral part of many Hindu and Buddhist rituals. They are used extensively in Yoga, meditation and dance. Across various disciplines it is said that there exist close to 399 mudras. Lets have a look at the key mudras and how they can benefit us.
She shared with me a few hand gestures as she called them. Ms. Virginia also worked with children at the Saint Louis Public Libraries various branches showing them and teaching them hand gestures.
The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch did a story on Ms. Virginia Thursday, October 17, 1974, Page 76: “Saturday programs at the University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Boulevard, where Indian, American and Biblical stories are told with the traditional gestures of Hindu storytellers by Mrs. Virginia Porges Wise. Using her hands in graceful, intricate patterns, Mrs. Wise teaches the children the mudras, or hand symbols, that describe characters and actions, as she entertains them. Each mudra has many different meanings, Mrs. Wise said, and must be understood in its context. Mrs. Wise said that American songs like “Polly Wolly Doodle” and “Daisy, Daisy” children’s department at the library. “It’s nice to know about other cultures,” Miss Mittleman said. “There are all sorts of ways to tell stories. There is an oral tradition. ”
I miss this lady so much and she was always helping both children and seniors and even though she was in her eighties she considered herself as a lifetime student, as she liked to be called and she had a B.S. degree in dance from Maryville University when it was an all girl college. I met Ms. Virginia while studying at Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park in the 1990’s where she was studying and mentoring many. It was love at first sight and she told me so much about myself that right now today in 2017 is actual facts. I watched this great lady and it is so ironic, I will always remember our last conversation when she told me, “Valerie the world needs you and keep doing what you are doing and don’t worry about what others will say because they will not believe nor approve of what you are doing.” Man, was she ever so right and she also told me that my family would be the ones who would be more than anybody else not believing nor understanding my mission in life!
Anyway, I will share a couple of the hand gestures which can be done while sitting in a comfortable position or even lying down.
Gyan Mudra Seal of Knowledge
How: Touch the tip of the index (first) finger and the tip of thumb together. The other three fingers are straight.
Effect: Stimulates knowledge, wisdom, receptivity, and calmness.
Buddhi Mudra or seal of mental clarity
How: Touch the tip of the little (fourth) finger and the tip of thumb together. The other three fingers are straight.
Effect: Creates capacity to clearly and intuitively communicate, stimulates psychic development.
Here is one she did for men and I about fell out when she told me what this one was good for.
How: For men, interlace the fingers with the left little finger on the bottom. Place the left thumb in the webbing between the thumb and index finger of the right hand. The right thumb presses the fleshy mound at the base of the left thumb. For women, the thumb positions are reversed and the right little finger goes on the bottom.
Effect: Channels sexual energy, promotes glandular balance, ability to concentrate easily.
Planet: The mounds at the base of the thumbs represent Venus; sensuality and sexuality. The thumb represents the ego.
There are almost 400 different Mudras which help with the body, soul and mind and Google and find them and hope you find this blog helpful. Look up the power of Mudra hand gestures.