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Book Review: Mudras – Yoga in your Hands by Gertrud Hirschi

January 1st, 2018

MUDRAS – YOGA IN YOUR HANDS

BY GERTRUD HIRSCHI

Personally, I love mudras; they are such a simple way to heal, both physically and emotionally. The mudra book that I currently own is in pieces, and so this one coming to me is doubly welcome.

Part I explores the “concept” of mudra, which, simply put, is yoga for your hands. Ms. Herschi introduces the mudra, its’ possible origins and how and when to practice them. This includes how the hands themselves correspond to the chakras (energy centers in the body), Ayurveda (the Indian art of healing through food, acupressure, reflexology using the hands instead of the feet and meridians (energy paths).

Part II, which is the bulk of the book, introduces the mudras themselves. The author describes how to hold the hands for each mudra, the issue for which the mudra is being used, how to use the mudra in combination with pranayama (breathwork), asana (posture), plus movement. Each mudra also lists an herbal remedy that can be used for the specific issue being worked on, as well as an affirmation. There are 52 different mudras presented within the book.

There is a short section toward the back of the book which describes different mudras that can be specifically used in easy pose (cross-legged seating) and some that can be used with specific movements.

(Note: My own training would posit that there are many more of these seated and moving mudras than are listed in the book.)

The book closes with several appendices, as follows: Nutrition, Herbs, Chinese Five Element Theory (wood, fire, earth, mental, water), and very basic Chakra information.

If you are looking for an easy way to begin healing or to add meditation to your daily life, this book would be a great way to go about doing so. I can easily see myself reaching for this book when looking for something specific.

Recommended.

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About the Author

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess, as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Womens Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is [email protected]

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Herbs – Plain & Simple – Over 100 Recipes for Health and Healing

by Marlene Houghton

As someone who has had more than a passing interest in herbs, and works with them on intermittent basis, I can definitely say that this book lives us to its’ name. It is definitely “plain and simple”. This does not mean that it is not chock-full of information – because it is. This does not mean that it is only meant for beginners. – because it is not. What is does mean is that this little book, at 169 pages, gets right to the point, dispensing herbal information in simple, everyday language.

It is broken into three sections – Herbs & Health, Herbs for Different Body Systems, and Herbs for Everyday Use. Each of these is broken down into even smaller sections, making it very easy to read exactly what you need at any given time.

Herbs & Health begins with a very brief history of herbalism going back to the ancient Sumerians, followed by an herbal properties’ glossary. This section is wrapped up with delivery methods, such as tincture, infusion, etc.

The second section does not disappoint with a fairly thorough discussion of which herbs help which part of the body. Heart health and the respiratory system are just two of those examined. There are several pages dedicated to each body system, focusing specifically on how each of these systems are improved by which herb.

The “wrap-up” section, Herbs for Everyday Use, was my personal favorite. It begins with the must-haves for an herbal first aid kit, and for those who are not vegan, is followed by medicinal honeys. Next up is herbal baths, using the essential oils of the herb instead of the plant itself and ends with the favorite tea blends.

My feeling is that this would be a good book to have in your herbal library; it’s small, simple and concise, good for both beginners and those who are more advanced in their herbal studies, plus everyone in between!!

 

 

Crystal Prescriptions: The A-Z to Over 1,200 Symptoms and Their Healing Crystals by Judy Hall

 

Published by O books, written by Judy Hall, this 171 page book is divided into two parts.

 

Part 1 touches on differing subjects that include Crystal Know How and Crystals for Health.

 

Crystal Know How is set up somewhat like a FAQ on how to use the books directory and Judy Hall even includes a section on the technique that she uses to choose the crystal or crystals that are right for her.

 

In Crystals for Health the author explains why crystals have an important role in disease and keeping you healthy by stating, “Crystal healing is a gentle and non-invasive process that creates balance on all levels, and one that can provide support to the body’s own internal healing systems.” I found that each chapter in Part 1 had pertinent information valuable to any crystal healer.

 

Part 2 is set up much like an encyclopedia with an array of ailments and disease’s and a list of corresponding crystals.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find this book has a symptom based directory vs. the usual crystal based directory. With an easy to follow reference guide this book would make a helpful addition to any experienced crystal user.

 

Though the author claims that this book is for beginning and experienced healers alike, in my opinion I would suggest that a novice pair this book with Judith Hall’s Crystal Bible Volumes I, II and III. My reason behind this is because this book does not have correlating pictures of the crystals to help a beginner visually identify the minerals suggested, otherwise I do believe this book would make a nice addition to anyone’s crystal knowledge or crystal healing collection.

 

About Judy Hall

 

 

An internationally known author, astrologer, psychic, healer, broadcaster and workshop leader, Judy Hall has been a karmic counselor for over thirty years.

Her books have been translated into fifteen languages. Her specialties are past life readings and regression; reincarnation, astrology, psychology and natural forms of healing.

 

She has clients from all walks of life: the House of Lords, the European Parliament, pop singers, university professors, scientists and mystics, and people on social security.

 

She has conducted workshops around the world. A trained healer and counsellor, she has been psychic all her life and has a wide experience of many systems of divination and natural healing methods.

 

Judy has a B.Ed. in Religious Studies and an extensive knowledge of world religions and mythology. Her mentor was Christine Hartley (Dion Fortune’s metaphysical colleague and literary agent). She completed her Masters Degree in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University. 

 

 

 

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Shiron (Shi) Eddy hails from the Pacific Northwest and shares a home with her husband, a Great Dane and a cat. Her love for crystals and minerals came from her dad who was an avid rock hound in his younger years. Shi happily shares her knowledge of crystals with anyone who is drawn to them, but especially loves to help people connect with minerals that involves their metaphysical properties. When she’s not networking with other crystal and mineral lovers, Shi can be found making jewelry, painting, crocheting Goddess dolls, selling her wares at shows or spending time with family and friends. You can find her jewelry in her shop ShiJewels or follow her on Instagram.

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