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