Would you like more clarity about your life?
Do you want to connect to your innate wisdom?
Would you like to immediately calm the mind?
Yes! I would too! That’s why we practice Gyan Mudra, or the mudra of wisdom.
And what is a mudra anyway? A mudra is a special placement of the fingers that encourages the mind to focus. Once the mind is focused and your energy is directed to your hands, your nervous system can now begin to relax.
Gyan mudra helps to facilitate inner wisdom by specifically connecting the thumb to the index finger. Both the Indian healing system (Ayurveda) and the Chinese healing system (Acupuncture) teach that the thumb and index finger have specific pressure points that are activated when pressed together.
This activation creates the inner balance and quiet needed to attain wisdom.
Other names: Jnana Mudra, Dhyan Mudra, Chin Mudra
Gyan Mudra is regarded as one of the most important Mudras. It has been used to enhance meditation for thousands of years. In Sanskrit, the meaning of these two words means the “Seal of Wisdom.”
How to do:
•Sit in Lotus Pose (Padmasna) or Cross Legged Pose (Sukhasana). Lay your arms gently on each thigh, palms faced upwards.
•Arrange your fingers into Gyan Mudra. Touch your index finger to your thumb. Let the other fingers lie straight out and together. Feel the energy from your beating pulse between your fingers.
•Roll your shoulder back and down so that you are sitting up straight. Imagine a string pulling the tip of your head towards the sky.
|Calms the mind and enhances concentration, creativity, and memory|
|Reduces insomnia, anxiety and depression|
|Stimulates the endocrine system (glands regulating hormones such as mood, sleep, growth, reproduction, and metabolism)
Stimulates the pituitary gland (regulates thyroid) and nervous system (facilitates movements of electrical impulses along nerves)
|Purifies the respiratory system and stimulates the brain.|
In real life:
So how does all of this apply to my regular life? To me it means that I am strongly connected to the earth during this mudra. I can feel my roots extend far into the ground. I am safe and secure. BUT my head also lifts towards the sky. I soak in energy and new life from the sun. The air that now flows through my body enables me to be free and light. My hormones are in balance.
I have the ability through this Mudra to connect to ancestors from thousands of years ago who also performed Gyan Mudra. The wisdom that they sought, I also seek. The wisdom that was inherent in them is also inherent in me. By performing Gyan Mudra I can instantly connect with my inner wisdom and seal in its benefits.