09 Apr GYAN, CHIN MUDRA // MONDAY MANTRA MUDRA MEDITATION #4
GYAN MUDRA, CHIN MUDRA & a mention of JHANA MUDRA
Hello Goa Flow-er(s)
Yoga is a practice where its ultimate goal is nothing less than higher consciousness (samadhi). Yoga wants us to flourish, to reach as high as we possibly can go, to be present in life so we can live our life to the fullest. This is why we practice various asana, mantras and mudras to help calm our mind and harness our energy (Prana) to fulfil this goal.
In Monday Mantra Mudra Meditation #4 i share with you a Mudra called Gyan Mudra, or Chin Mudra.
It is [most probably] the second mudra you are introduced to after Namaste (Anjali/Atmanjali Mudra), which i covered last week.
In Sanskrit, chin (or cin) means “consciousness” and as i’ve mentioned before mudra means “gesture” or energy “seal.” In English we translate Gyan Mudra as a “gesture for higher consciousness.” It is considered to be one of the best-known hand mudras to create that special connection to the Divine, to assist us in experiencing our higher consciousness.
HOW TO PRACTICE GYAN MUDRA // You place the tips of the thumb and index fingers together (notice how it forms a circle), the remaining 3 fingers are stretched and the palm(s) face(s) upward.
Note: When palm faces down it’s a mudra called Jnana Mudra, Jhana in Sanskrit means knowledge; and in English it’s translated as a “gesture for inner knowledge.” I usually give my students the option to turn palms up or down, depending on what the student might be in need of, inner knowledge or higher consciousness.
The thumb is a symbol of the Cosmic (Divine) consciousness and represents intuition (inner energy).
The index finger is a symbol of Individual (human) consciousness and represents inspiration (or energy from the outside).
As the thumb and the index finger meet/touch, it’s a symbol that our inner world, our intuition (the microcosm) and the outer world; or inspiration (the macrocosm) are connected and we draw inspiration and knowledge from each of them.
Practicing Gyan mudra is believed to promote physical and mental health. If you’re in a dark phase of your life, a simple but powerful mudra like this can help support you as you grow/move toward the light.
Most often Gyana Mudra is practiced in meditation/ easy seat position (Sukhasana) with hands resting on the knees (like photo above). This helps to create a circuit within your body for Prana to flow and it assists in drawing your energy (Prana) IN.
This calms the mind and helps to eliminate negative thoughts that might be holding you back.
Notice the impact of Gyan Mudra when you practice yoga next time. Feel it and notice how it resonates with you. Where might you be in need of [more] light in your life? Where might you be in need of [more] knowledge? Where can Gyan Mudra support you?
I love to incorporate Gyan Mudra in many other asanas. I feel it draws the energy in, tunes me into the moment, my energy and connects me to my intention.
I hope you feel you have [some] more context to a mudra you’ve probably practiced a hundred times. Hopefully now it’s not “just” a hand position your asked to do, but a hand position that has deep meaning and intention.
Enjoy the connection.
Love & Light,
Anita Goa 🙂