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Mudra Series: Gyan

April 11, 2022 1 min read

What is Gyan mudra?

What is Gyan mudra?

Gyan mudra is a hand position used in yoga and meditation practices. The Sanskrit word “mudra” means “seal” or “gesture.” Mudras have been used for thousands of years, with historic roots throughout Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The purpose of these hand gestures varies by tradition. In yoga specifically, mudras are typically performed alongside pranayama and meditation practices to stimulate the flow of prana (energy). Each mudra plays a specific role in facilitating the power of the practice. Learn more by reading our Intro to Yoga Mudras.

A hand gesture for peace, Gyan mudra has been depicted in images of great spiritual masters and religious leaders including Buddha and Jesus Christ.

How do you practice Gyan mudra?

To practice Gyan mudra, simply connect the thumb and pointer finger. The rest of the fingers are straight and relaxed.

What are the benefits of practicing Gyan mudra?

What are the benefits of practicing Gyan mudra?

Gyan mudra is said to stimulate the root chakra, creating a grounding sensation for the practitioner. It represents the connection between the individual self and the universal self, or the greater wisdom of universal consciousness. It is said to offer a soothing effect for anxiety and can help the practitioner focus during seated meditation or yoga asana practice.

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By Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2022

Victoria Maybee l Mukha YogaBy Victoria Maybee; All Rights Reserved @2022