If you ever thought good health is something achievable with the vastly sedentary nature of modern life, then you’d be surprised to know according to Yoga and Ayurveda, the key to a healthy body is, quite literally, in your hands.
Mudra, a Sanskrit word for ‘Seal’, is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism and is often dubbed as yoga for hands, which is meant to lock and guide the energy flow of the body by curling, stretching and crossing the fingers in a certain way.
The practice of Yoga and Mudra are similar and the hand positions are considered to amplify the energies around the practitioners, allowing them to enter a deeper meditative state.
UAE-based Indian HR professional Sujit Sukumaran has been a mudra coach for nearly a decade and possesses a strong passion for spiritual and alternative medicine, given his own experience of being a Cerebral Palsy survivor.
The 34-year-old is a strong proponent of the benefits of this simple exercise and has conducted various workshops at House of Om to promote it.
“The origin of Mudras can be found within the treatises of yoga, most specifically Patanjalis Yoga Sutras (a collection of 196 Indian aphorisms on the theory and practice of yoga),” Sukumaran said.
“While Yoga in its more popular form of Asana deals with postural exercises, mudras on the other hand deal with the five fingers on each hand and the attribution of each of the five fingers to an element across the five elements, which are: Fire. Water, Ether (Space), Earth and Water.”
“The science behind it is that at the tips of our fingers there are thousands of nerve endings. Additionally, there is a bio-charge we have within our body which forms part of an internal body circuit. The scientific assertion of Mudra in therapy is that when the nerve endings are connected and held in certain combinations, over a prescribed period, it results in desired effects.”
According to Ayurveda, illnesses are caused as a result of an imbalance of these elements in our body. Through various mudras, the elements can be brought back in to balance and harmony.
Sukumuran has championed the benefits of this therapy for years, but refuses to endorse a super-inferior paradox when it comes to comparing its effectiveness to other treatment methods.
While he has found mudras to be very effective in maintaining ones overall health, he insists it will not give you an overnight cure and should be paired with traditional treatments to stabilise an existing ailment.
“The main issue is people think it’s a magic pill or an antidote to all pre-existing anomalies. While mudras work, you must first stabilise the chronic ailment or imbalance before attempting therapy as a base, without which a superimposition will only complicate matters or have simply no results. Secondly, people expect overnight miracles,” he said.
“(Through my workshops) I hope to achieve greater awareness across three groups in specific. Teachers, Children and Corporates. Teachers because those who are in the field need greater awareness on therapeutics rather than making training courses a certificate granting exercise. Children and students, because there is a need for self, assured young people given the stresses they endure. Corporates, because in the rat-race, we are losing health, wealth and attention spans.”
Sujit Sukumaran currently manages a WhatsApp group where aspiring Yoga teacher and Mudra practitioners can communicate with on another regarding upcoming meetups and courses. Contact Sujit on [email protected] and mobile on 050-5669494.
Don’t let 2019 be the year when you’re looking back complaining about not achieving certain goals or mixing up your fitness routine.
To help, here are three ways to mix up your training programme to make a happier finish to the year.
There are plenty of excellent group fitness classes daily around Dubai and Abu Dhabi – with the chance to train either before work in the morning or the evening time.
All it takes is 45 minutes for a training session to make you feel mentally and physically sharp.
It may take a while to find a class that suits you, but if you go with friends, it’ll make it easier and more enjoyable.
The benefits of committing to a group class is that you’ll get pushed harder than an average training session on your own.
If you want to be committed to a class then book into 10 classes for a set fee and that will force you to go on a daily basis.
Although we’re not blessed with long stretches of sunlight in the evening, you can run any time of the day over here.
If you’re eyeing any fitness event across the calendar year, you should take advantage of running or walking outside in the morning before work or evening after work.
If you want to take it a bit more seriously, then invest in a sports watch or heart rate monitor which can be linked to many free apps on your IPhone (MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun).
JOIN A SPORTS TEAM
Being part of a sports club is the best way to keep fit and make friends. Spending one to two evenings a week with a team is a great method of socialising, keeping fit in a fun environment, and most importantly, taking your mind off the stressful demands of the working week.
Whether you’re in a new country or looking for a lifestyle change at home, being part of a team is one of the best ways to boost happiness and stay healthy.
adidas Originals has collaborated with four UAE creatives for their Nite Jogger campaign – shot during the day and at night encapsulating the essence of the shoe.
Created for those who want to stand out, the Nite Jogger incorporates classic archival cues with modern lines. Inspired by the brand’s first foray of running shoes in the 70s into hi-vis technology, the new Nite Jogger has been redesigned for fashion – a classic interpretation of a past icon retooled and restyled for today’s night time creator.
A shoe designed for those that seek creativity, unbound by the constraints of daylight, the Nite Jogger campaign features creative Hamoody Bamby, who is an Emirati fitness influencer and comedian with a contagious positive energy. The campaign line up also included Abdullah Hindash an avid content creator and photographer, Julian Haddad a lifestyle, travel and fashion blogger and street fashion stylist, Sarah Hachem.
The Nite Jogger is now available in adidas Originals stores across the GCC and online at https://shop.adidas.ae/en/ for a retail price of AED 650.
Complimentary personalized reflective boot bag available at Dubai Mall, adidas Originals store when you purchase a pair of Nite Jogger kicks. Customers can also enjoy #NITEJOGGER virtual reality experience with the VR headsets.