Fatigue, stress, migraine, back: 4 easy exercises to do with your fingers to relieve everyday ailments

Joining the thumb and forefinger in the lotus position, the followers of meditation know this gesture well. It is in fact a mudra or yoga of the fingers “which allows to rebalance the energies“, notes Juliette Dumas, practitioner and author of Mudra, yoga of the fingers to ed. Flammarion. Because positioning your fingers in a certain way can help us get better.”Energies circulate in our body. With mudras, we channel and seal the energies where we need them“, summarizes the author. These are very simple actions to do on a daily basis in prevention or to relieve a disorder.

Send a signal to the brain

How it works ? “The hand occupies an important place in the brain. We can use our fingers to send him specific information“, notes Juliette Dumas.”For example, the thumb represents the element fire, continues Juliette Dumas. If I bend all my fingers like a fist, fingers over my thumb, it means that I put out the fire, in plain language, I send the signal: “calm down“. Stress, pain, headaches, fatigue, or even a runny nose or loss of voice, there is a mudra for every health concern. It’s up to you to try.

Relieve back pain with Anudandi Mudra

What’s the point ? This mudra helps realign the entire spine.

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The right gesture: Shoulders relaxed, elbows close to the body while being open, rest your hands on your thighs, at navel level. Form a fist with the thumbs enclosed by the other fingers. Extend the little fingers and touch them end to end. You can also lift your thumbs vertically, which helps straighten your upper back. You can also simply place the thumbs back on the other fingers.

Calm a headache with Mahasirsha Mudra

What’s the point ? This mudra brings the energy down, to give a feeling of lightness in the head.

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The right gesture: Place your ring finger in the center of the palm, the little finger is stretched out. Bring the ends of the thumb, index and middle fingers together. Place your hands on your thighs or on your knees.

Sleep better with Nidra Mudra

What’s the point ? This mudra is recommended if you suffer from insomnia or if you wake up frequently at night. It allows you to taste a restful sleep

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The right gesture: If you are a woman, place the left hand on the lower abdomen, the right hand on the left hand, right thumb under the left thumb (for men, the movement is reversed). Breathe deeply a dozen times, with a deep exhale as a sigh, as if you are letting the used energies of the day pass by. Then do the opposite, place the right hand on the stomach, a little below the navel, left hand on the right hand, passing the left thumb under the right thumb, Breathe deeply a dozen times. Then place the left hand at the level of the solar plexus, under the chest, the right hand on the left hand while passing the right thumb under the left thumb.

Give yourself a boost with Surya Mudra

What’s the point ? Fatigue, loss of energy, this mudra activates the organism a bit like a sun which would radiate throughout the body.

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The right gesture: Place the backs of the hands on the thighs or knees. Bend the ring finger towards the center of the palm of the hand or towards the thumb. Fold your thumb over the ring finger and press lightly. To give more strength to this mudra, do this visualization exercise: imagine that you are in nature, even in the desert, the day will rise and the light comes little by little, the little animals wake up, the sun makes its entrance, you admire the spectacle with your eyes wide open, you feel the energy invading you, warming you up, boosting you.

To read: Mudra, yoga of the fingers, Juliette Dumas, Locana Sansregret, illustrations by Clémentine du Pontavice, ed. Flammarion

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