Dhyana Mudra - Gesture of Meditation

Dhyana Mudra - Gesture of Meditation

Jack Utermoehl

Dhyana Mudra (dhyah-nah) - Gesture of Meditation

Dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation, is a powerful hand gesture that embodies the essence of meditation. Dhyana mudra is placed in the lap for meditation. It helps to create space between thoughts, expanding inner silence and peace, and facilitates the integration of the self.

Dhyana is the 7th limb of the 8-limbs of yoga and the second stage of Samyana. In Dhyana, the meditator enters a state of concentration where all becomes 2. The observer and the observed. This may be a total focus on your breath, on a candle flame, or on your chosen deity.

So as you progress in your practice, notice as you enter this stage of meditation. You will discover as you progress in your practice that entering the meditative mind-state of Dhyana becomes easier and easier. Dhyana mudra can help you focus your attention into a state of pure concentration.

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Instructions

  1. Sit comfortably in a meditative posture with your spine straight and shoulders relaxed.
  2. Touch the tips of your thumbs to the tips of your index fingers on both hands.
  3. Extend the remaining three fingers straight.
  4. Place the right hand on top of the left hand, with the right fingers resting on the left fingers.
  5. Bring the knuckles of the index fingers together.
  6. Rest the mudra gently in your lap.
  7. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and evenly, and focus on the space between your thoughts.

Benefits

  • Amplifies concentration and creates stillness.
  • Opens space between thoughts and expands inner silence.
  • Deepens meditation, helping to integrate the self.

When to Practice

  • During meditation sessions.
  • At the beginning or end of a yoga practice to set or seal intentions.
  • Anytime you need to cultivate a sense of centeredness.

Duration: 15 minutes

Best Time of Day: Evening

Contraindications

None specific, but individuals with severe hand or wrist conditions should practice gently or consult a healthcare provider.

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Personal Insights

In my personal practice, Dhyana mudra felt a little weird to use in meditation but that weirdness quickly grew into a focal point. I noticed that as my knuckles pressed inward my mind opened to more space between thoughts.

As the gap widened, I became more peaceful, time elongated, and my meditation reached new heights.

If your hands and wrists feel ok, I would encourage you to sit with Dhyana mudra for 10 or 15 minutes and have your own experience. Let me know in the comments how it goes!

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