There is a reason why so many people around the world practice yoga. It makes them feel better. But, these days, it’s good to back things up with some evidence.
So, here it goes. Western medical science suggests that regular yoga practice can increase the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the ‘rest and digest’ mode of the body and makes you feel more relaxed.
Yoga reduces stress, including work-related stress (1). When compared with other forms of exercise, it has shown to be as effective as or better than traditional physical exercise, both in healthy and diseased people (2).
Hitting the yoga mat might be particularly beneficial if you want to address challenges that relate to your mental well-being, such as anxiety, depression, concentration and memory issues (3). And the list goes on and on.
You should also know that yoga is not about acrobatic-looking poses and twisting your body into seemingly impossible shapes. Above all, it’s about the breath, meditation and simple gestures that increase your awareness.
In this article, I describe 8 important hand mudras that can act as a powerful therapy. Most of them can be performed any time of the day as a part of your yoga practice or when you’re on the go and don’t have much time to spare.
But, first of all..
What are Mudras?
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