Jnana Mudra - Gesture of Knowledge

Jnana Mudra - Gesture of Knowledge

Jack Utermoehl

Jñāna Mudra (Gya-na) - Gesture of Knowledge

Jnana Mudra is a fundamental gesture in various yogic and meditative traditions, suitable for practitioners of all levels seeking mental clarity, one-pointed focus, and inner peace.

A yoga mudra that transcends cultures, spiritual practices, and religions. Jnana mudra is commonly found around the world as a spiritual hand gesture.

Jnana Mudra gesture of knowledge Asivana Yoga Mudra Catalog Jack Utermoehl

Instructions

  1. Sit in a comfortable meditation pose with a straight spine.
  2. Touch the tips of your thumb and index finger together, forming a circle.
  3. Keep the other three fingers straight and relaxed.
  4. Rest your hands on your knees or thighs with palms facing upward.
  5. Keep the shoulders relaxed and maintain a natural breath.

Benefits

  • Enhances concentration and focus.
  • Promotes an understanding of self and Self.
  • Aids in deepening meditation and spiritual awareness.
  • Helps in reducing stress and anxiety.

When to Practice

  • During meditation for spiritual connection and mental clarity.
  • In yoga asana classes where hands are free, like seated poses.
  • Anytime during the day for mental balance and stress relief.

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Best Time of Day: Morning

Contraindications

None

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Jnana Mudra Asivana Hero Sarah Meditating with Jnana Mudra

Personal Insights

Jnana mudra is the de facto yoga mudra, often mistaken as the yoga hand symbol. And for good reason, jnana mudra is a powerful and easy to form mudra. It connects the egoic concept (as indicated by the index finger) and the consciousness (as indicated by the thumb).

A mudra that transcends spiritual practices, culture, and religions around the world. Jnana mudra is universally recognized as a symbol of spirituality similar to Dharmadhatu mudra and Anjali mudra.

I often use jnana mudra during meditations of contemplation. With palms facing up, I allow consciousness to expand upward and outward.

This is a more active and energizing mudra than chin mudra. This is a good and safe option for your first mudra meditation!

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