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Ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress

Postby darkwing dook » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:40 am

Forgot about this presentation with cute images : P
https://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/10/18/ ... ce-stress/
Scientific study from Japan proves ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress
Oona McGee - Oct 18, 2016

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Next time you’re feeling stressed, act like a ninja and perform these nine simple hand signals.

Whenever we think about the mysterious world of Japanese ninja, images of shuriken throwing stars and houses filled with trap doors dance around in our heads. But there’s actually a lot more to the art of ninjutsu, and one of their most intriguing practices has recently been brought to light as something we can all benefit from, with a scientific study proving just how effective it can be. It’s called the “Kuji Kiri”, or the “Nine Syllables”, a series of hand positions used by ninja as a process of meditation, and according to the findings of an experiment recently shown at THE NINJA exhibition in Tokyo’s Odaiba area, these special hand movements relieve stress while sharpening the mind at the same time.

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The study, which was conducted by the Mie University School of Medicine earlier this year, details the findings of two main experiments. The first experiment measured the brain waves and heartbeat of fifteen test subjects, both before and after they made the hand gestures. According to the findings, alpha-2 (α2) waves in the test subjects increased in the following 3 – 30 minutes after making the gestures, indicating a heightened, yet relaxed level of concentration. The beta waves, connected to feelings of annoyance and uneasiness, decreased, and remained lowered for thirty minutes, while the theta waves responsible for deep relaxation also decreased, remaining low for ten minutes.

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The second experiment measured the stress response of the subjects for thirty minutes after both making the hand gestures and not making them. The conclusion here showed that alpha-2 (α2) waves rose dramatically after the gestures were made, where they otherwise would have remained stable. On the other hand, the beta waves decreased dramatically, whereas they would have otherwise remained high. According to the group who conducted the study, this indicates that the body goes into a calm, relaxed state while the mind is able to maintain a sharp focus.

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This calm-body-sharp-mind state was ideal for ninja, who were required to move with a cat-like covertness while taking part in clandestine missions. The findings of this scientific study, however, show that the ancient art of “Kuji Kiri” remains an important tool today for anyone looking to combat stress in their everyday lives. For an overview of the names and mantras associated with each seal, check out the short video below.
https://youtu.be/vUdSQMk0ujA
And for a look at how to make each of the hand gestures, check out this clip below.
https://youtu.be/r79uHRsQ9TA

Originally a Buddhist practice, this sequence of hand gestures was adopted by the ninja, who used to perform the hand signals twice a day, in the morning and at night, and also before entering enemy territory. Nowadays, the kuji kiri can also be seen in the Shugendo religion and holistic practices like Reiki, but its use is said to benefit a variety of scenarios, from sleepless nights to exam days.

Thanks to the results of this study, now we know that no matter what type of hurdle or stressful task lies ahead of us, there’s no better way to tackle it than like a ninja!

Source: Hamusoku, J-Cast News


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Re: Ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress

Postby conxtion » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:59 pm

I can't press my palms together when the elbows are at the angle as depicted in the pictures. I can only do it when the palms are placed higher up. Maybe I'm just not flexible enough at the wrist.

Can anyone do what the pictures show?


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Postby Noctua » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:38 pm

Conducting a sequence of these gestures almost instantly worked to bring deeper calm and focus, very interesting practice. Thanks for sharing dw~



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Postby Doomguy » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:32 am

OMAE WA MO, WOU SHINDEIRU.


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Postby darkwing dook » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:52 am

conxtion wrote:I can't press my palms together when the elbows are at the angle as depicted in the pictures. I can only do it when the palms are placed higher up. Maybe I'm just not flexible enough at the wrist.

Can anyone do what the pictures show?
Oo don't force yourself, try it slowly and gradually. And check the video : )


Noctifera wrote:Conducting a sequence of these gestures almost instantly worked to bring deeper calm and focus, very interesting practice. Thanks for sharing dw~
You're welcome : )
While usually each hand seal/mudra is focused and meditated upon one-by-one, there are some that liken the seals as letters or words, thus performing sequences like this one is like chanting mantra or telling stories. Same with yoga or taiji postures etc, there are various fixed combinations to be performed and various particular ways of performing each posture : )

Doomguy wrote:OMAE WA MO, WOU SHINDEIRU.
Heheh, mo wou? : D


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Re: Ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress

Postby Dreamerunknown » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:14 pm

When I asked a Bujinkan teacher a decade ago he thought that the mudras were culture sensitive.



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Postby darkwing dook » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:43 pm

Dreamerunknown wrote:When I asked a Bujinkan teacher a decade ago he thought that the mudras were culture sensitive.

Mm what did he mean by culture sensitive?


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Re: Ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress

Postby divineseeker » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:29 pm

Hello,

Interesting post. Will try and see.



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Re: Ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress

Postby Dreamerunknown » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:20 pm

darkwing dook wrote:Mm what did he mean by culture sensitive?


http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comme ... _pointing/



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Re: Ninja hand gestures sharpen the mind and reduce stress

Postby darkwing dook » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:11 am


?
What's the connection between mudra and kurdaitcha?


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