Gyan Mudra or Chin Mudra (Psychic gesture of Knowledge)
Gyan Mudra (Chin Mudra) is the most commonly used posture while meditating. It energises your body with physical and mental health.
Chin means consciousness, and
Mudra means gesture or seal.
Thus, Gyan mudra could easily be understood as a ‘gesture of consciousness’. Since this Mudra uses the Index finger it stimulates the air element in the body. It is one of the most used mudras in Yoga.
How to do it?
Sit cross-legged on the floor and rest your hands on your knees with the palm facing upwards.
Gently touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger as if you are holding a thread in between. While doing so – keep the other three fingers open and extended.
Relax all your fingers and both hands at the back of the wrist and palm rest on your thighs and knees – facing upwards.
Benefits of Chin Mudra
The index finger represents individual consciousness, however, the thumb represents universal consciousness. Thumb is your expanded belief of self and Index finger is your limited belief of self. When the thumb and index fingers meet, the expanded Universal self meets the limited self.
- Has a calming effect on the mind
- Raises energy levels and is a mood uplifter
- Brings you to a higher receptive state
- Connects to the higher conscious self