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The Benefits of Gyan Mudra for Meditation

I recently had a profound experience during a meditation and was inspired to share the importance of Gyan Mudra while meditating.  I have been practicing yoga for three decades and only now have come to understand the true importance of this mudra.    

What is a mudra?
A mudra is a particular hand gesture usually performed during meditation or yoga practice. 

What is Gyan?
Gyan means 'knowledge' or 'wisdom' in Sanskrit and Gyan mudra is often referred to as the mudra of knowledge.

What is Gyan mudra?  

Gyan mudra is often practiced while seated in meditation, although some practitioners will use it while performing certain yoga asanas, such as Natarajasana,  'Dancers Pose' or Vrksasana, 'Tree Pose.'  It helps to sharpen our mental concentration and focus.   

To perform this mudra, simply touch the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb, forming a circle.  The remaining fingers are outstretched with palms facing up, resting on your knees.  It is best to perform Gyan mudra on both hands while meditating, the right and left simultaneously.  To apply the mudra, the pressure should be consistent and firm, but not hard enough to turn the flesh on the tip of your fingers white.    

The index finger is related to Jupiter, the planet of expansion and wisdom and the element of air (Vayu).  The thumb is not ruled by any planet and is related to the element of fire (Agni) and represents universal consciousness.  An energetic seal is created by bringing our thumb and index finger together to form Gyan mudra which evolves us from darkness to enlightenment. 

When we are meditating our crown chakra is activated as we connect our individual awareness with that of the divine consciousness that flows through and connects us all. As we expand, it is important to stay grounded as well.  That is why, if possible, I recommend that you sit in a comfortable cross-legged position as this mudra is connected to the Muladhara or root chakra, responsible for our sense of security and stability. 

We embody the infinity symbol, which is created by sitting in a cross-legged position and performing Gyan mudra during meditation.  This facilitates the movement of energy in the body and helps you remain grounded as you connect to Universal consciousness.   

I have had to exercise a lot of patience when it comes to my meditation practice. As a Gemini, I am always in my head and have no problem keeping myself busy and distracted from my healing work. My point is to keep at it as the rewards are worth it.  

This article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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