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.