Yogi Ashwini          

Mudras are a set of certain combinations, which are done in order to channelise a specific force to some specific area in the body. The body is not just the physical body, by way of certain permutation and combinations they have the effect of touching the physical as well as the ehteric layers of the being, so the pranic movement, with the aid of consciousness happens from the core to the outer layers.

In a healthy body the five elements are in a state of equilibrium. Any imbalance in this causes disease in the body. The imbalance in the five elements can be corrected by simply using your fingertips. As I always say that the whole creation lies within a human being. One needs a Guru to develop that awareness to guide him towards realisation of the forces, which are at your call with heightened awareness and ability to channelise them. The thumb represents fire element, the index finger represents air, the middle finger represents space or ether, the ring finger represents water, and the little finger represents earth. Thus by using these very fingers you can control, guide and balance the flow of prana in your body. This is achieved by sitting in a particular mudra. Any finger when touched with the tip of the thumb has the effect of increasing that element in the body and touching any fingertip with the base of the thumb has the effect of bringing it down.

Different mudras signify different aspects of elements. In dhyan, we connect to the subtlest aspect of an element. So not only is the proportion of the element altering, but also the make up of each element is gradually changing to more subtle.

A mudra is a combination of different forces; it has the ability to change the composition of elements in your body. Do not go by the misleading or interesting pictures showing various people posing in various postures and mudras. Mudras are very potent and powerful tools and should only be practised under the guidance of your Guru; otherwise they can wreck havoc by creating imbalance, if you and your body are not prepared for those kinds of practices.

—The writer Yogi Ashwini Ji is the head of Dhyan Foundation, Delhi.
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‘Mann Ki Baat’- Popular series on Doordarshan focuses on Contemporary Psychosocial Mental Health Issues

‘Mann Ki Baat (eu dh ckr)’, the series on Doordarshan handling mental health and psychosocial issues has been very well received and appreciated by public and critically acclaimed by press. The series being aired every Saturday at 8.30 a.m. on National Network of Doordarshan and repeated every Monday at 8.30 a.m. has focused on contemporary issues like Aggression, Road Rage, Accidents, Coping with Trauma and Disasters, Disabilities, Bereavement, Chronic Illnesses and Caregiver’s stress.

The series now focuses on issues of the Elderly – Ageing and Mental Health, Memory Impairment and Dementia, Elder abuse, Gender Discrimination etc. as well as Parenting – Single Parenting, take up, Adoption, Generation Gap and Adolescent Sexuality etc. The series would then take up special areas of children and adolescents within family and in the society, managing emotions and positive mental health.

The content for the series has been developed by Dr. Sujatha D. Sharma, a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience in mental health as well as content development for media. Dr. Avdesh Sharma, an eminent psychiatrist is the Director and Expert anchor of the series. He has anchored and directed numerous health programs for the electronic media for over 30 years. Ms. Kanupriya, a well known media personality for nearly two decades is the Anchor of the series.

It is estimated by WHO that a quarter of the population suffers from a mental illness sometimes in their lifetime and at least 10% suffer from serious mental disorders at any given time. The psychosocial and interpersonal problems on day-to-day basis affect us all, reducing efficiency and causing untold emotional burden. The need is not only to overcome negative states but promote positive mental health for individuals, family and society.


July 2012

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