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"Intone a sound, as a-u-m, slowly. As sound enters soundfulness, so do you."

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pannabhatt said: I am 49 years and a woman, i would like to know which mudras are safe and can be done everyday for well being. Please also let me know for how many minutes they have to be done and in which order.

Practice Apana mudra for 20 minutes in the morning. Apana mudra can be practiced just before you feel to clear the bowels. Keep it even while seated on the toilet seat. Apana mudra helps in clearing the toxins from the body. It energies the Apana Vayu thus facilitating clearing of bowels and mucus from respiratory organs.

Practice Jnana mudra during your prayer ritual or during meditation. You can also do it while sitting idle. Make sure your back is straight while doing this mudra. You can do it for any duration as long as your hands feel comfortable.

Finally, you should practice Prana mudra for as less as 20 minutes and as long as 45 minutes during the day. It can be practiced while walking, lying, and sitting or whenever you feel fatigued or drained. Prana mudra will keep your eyes healthy and will keep away hot flushes and emotional irritability.

Make sure you do not overstretch. Leave the mudra If your hands are feeling tired. Yoga does not encourage any form of violence with body and soul.

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Jnana mudra – universal gesture of wisdom
Jnana mudra, also spelled as Gyan mudra is a universal gesture. Yogis and deities in ancient religions have held this mudra in high esteem. This is first mudra that is introduced to a student initiated into the practice of Yoga. Jnana mudra opens the door to the consciousness. It has a profound effect on physical, mental and emotional state of a person. The circle formed by joining index finger and thumb symbolizes infinity as returning back to infinity is our true goal. The extended fingers represent three human traits. These are tamas, rajas and sattva. Tamas is inertia, rajas is action and sattva is harmony.
Jnana mudra is a starting mudra for practice of meditation. On therapeutic level, it cures insomnia, hypertension, depression, aggression and fogginess of the mind.

Jnana mudra should be practiced daily. There is no recommended duration for this mudra. Hold it during meditation or while doing mantra repetition. Practicing it before sleep or while sitting idle makes it an ideal companion for accessing the eternal knowledge hidden inside us.   

Jnana mudra – universal gesture of wisdom

Jnana mudra, also spelled as Gyan mudra is a universal gesture. Yogis and deities in ancient religions have held this mudra in high esteem. This is first mudra that is introduced to a student initiated into the practice of Yoga. Jnana mudra opens the door to the consciousness. It has a profound effect on physical, mental and emotional state of a person. The circle formed by joining index finger and thumb symbolizes infinity as returning back to infinity is our true goal. The extended fingers represent three human traits. These are tamas, rajas and sattva. Tamas is inertia, rajas is action and sattva is harmony.

Jnana mudra is a starting mudra for practice of meditation. On therapeutic level, it cures insomnia, hypertension, depression, aggression and fogginess of the mind.

Jnana mudra should be practiced daily. There is no recommended duration for this mudra. Hold it during meditation or while doing mantra repetition. Practicing it before sleep or while sitting idle makes it an ideal companion for accessing the eternal knowledge hidden inside us.   

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What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.
Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist."

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skl7282 said: Hi Himanshu, I find your blog wonderful & hope you could help me. I'm a 32 year old female and was wondering if there is any way to prevent/reverse the onset of premature menopause. I'm afraid my unhealthy lifestyle choices may be starting to take a toll on my body. My menstrual cycle has been getting delayed for a few months now and I have duct ectasia in my breast which I'm getting excised. I would be grateful for your suggestions.

The age you mentioned is too early for cessation of menstruation. It may or may not be premature menopause. Get a medical checkup for presence of pelvic inflammatory disease, polyps, PCOS or any other infection. If your report is fine, then start practicing Yoga. Inverted and back bending poses will help in harmonizing the secretion of hormones from endocrine glands. The specific poses for you will be cobra pose, shoulder stand pose, plough pose and corpse pose. Warm up exercises like butterfly pose and pelvic lift pose will help you. Start taking Natrum Muriaticum 6x (6 pellets thrice a day). You will find this remedy at a Homeopathic store. In your question, you have mentioned about unhealthy lifestyle. Write back with specifics of your daily routine, addictions, body type and diet. This will help me better understand your problem and formulate a lifestyle plan for you.

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"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you"

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"Rub with the thumb of the right hand the depression in the forehead near the bridge of the nose. By the practice of this Yoga, diseases arising from derangement of phlegmatic humors are cured. The vessels become purified and clairvoyance is induced. This should be practiced daily after awakening from sleep, after meals and in the evening."

— procedure of Kapala Randhra Dhauti, Gheranda Samhita

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"All is one, unborn, tranquil, endless, certain, immutable. See Reality as Spirit; be tranquil and at ease."

— Akshi Upanishad