Gentle Yoga #4 Our Hands-Healing Mudras

A short Haibun below the video–“Guardian” which explains how these mudras worked to heal my Rheumatoid arthritis.

Genie Nakano, Ardha Chandra Mudra

Gentle Yoga exercises and Mudras “Mohiniattam” for hands. Keep your hands supple, soft and strong.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. My hands were starting to be deformed. This is part of a haibun I wrote. I had a dream that told me to use these mudras to heal my RA. Here is a excerpt of the haibun:

The Guardians…..

Suddenly this week–11 years after his passing–my father is visiting my dreams. He doesn’t answer my question about afterlife. But in his usual black beret, he takes me to a house with a massive front yard–acres big. It needs watering–and together we decide it needs more trees.

Haiku…
Dad says in my dream
your therapy

The next day I see acupuncturist #6 for the pain in my fingers. Looks like Rheumatoid Arthritis. I go home, sleep for 16 hour and dream.

I dream about my Mohiniattam dance teacher. She is sitting on a lotus doing the 24 “Mudras” of Mohiniatam. Dad walks into the “after party” with my cousin. The look happy, glowing and laughing as they walk. He looks at me and smiles.

The next day I go over the mudras neglected for years–yet my fingers remember.

my hands and fingers
open to mudras
memorized by heart
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I did the mudras everyday and my hands healed. And as you can see they look normal.

Published by genienakano

I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

3 thoughts on “Gentle Yoga #4 Our Hands-Healing Mudras

  1. I just did the hand yoga. It felt good. My hands were getting tired. You had entertaining background music with the bird that had a lot to say and bodhi boy 😅

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  2. Thank you Genie for the excellent hand and spirit exercises! And so wonderful to spend some quality virtual time with you!

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