Do you use mudras during your yoga or meditation practice or even when you’re going about your day? Mudras are hand gestures or hand positions that have the purpose of channeling the body’s energy flow in a certain way.
This particular mudra – Gyan mudra – is one of the most widely used. The thumb and the index finger are touching lightly, making a circle, and the other fingers are straight.
Gyan mudra is said to increase concentration and sharpen memory. It can also be used when seeking knowledge or insight. (Chopra Center)
It stimulates the root chakra and eases tension and depression. It is calming and helps the meditator achieve spiritual openness and ease. (Spirit Voyage)
Gyan mudra symbolizes the union of Self with the universe, the unification of one’s soul and the supreme Soul. (Yogapedia).
This mudra has many variations, and each of them can be used for different purposes.
What I most love about mudras is that they can be used at any time, as a gentle reminder that we can take a moment to just breathe and reconnect with our inner knowledge.
What experience do you have with mudras and what is your favorite?