This morning during Chair Yoga, we practiced Apan Vayu mudra for the heart in meditation. This mudra is a pain killer mudra effective when you have pain of any kind. Its also effective for heart patients and is recommended to be practiced 2x a day for 15 minutes at a time.
Mudras act to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of energy in the body and even one’s mood. The specific hand gestures and positions act as “locks” to guide energy flows and reflexes to the brain. By curling, crossing, stretching and touching the fingers and hands, we can manipulate the mind body connection as each area of the hand corresponds to a certain part of the mind or body.
Here is a picture of different mudras for the heart to practice for your next yoga class!