Gyan Mudra is a powerful mudra (or hand position) practiced for thousands of years by yogis that brings peace, calm, and spiritual progress. It relates to the planet Jupiter. In addition to its many spiritual qualities, Gyan Mudra has wide and varied health benefits, making it one of the most practiced mudras of all.
How to do #GyanMudra:
Connect the thumb and the forefinger (tip to tip, not tip to nail, which is another “active” variation of Gyan Mudra). The other fingers are straight but relaxed. Pressure between the thumb and forefinger is light.
Why do Gyan Mudra?
Gyan Mudra does many things. Stimulating the root chakra, it eases tension and depression. It relates to expansion and knowledge. It is extremely calming and brings the practitioner spiritual openness and ease in meditation. Also known as Vaayu-Vardhak in traditional ayurveda, this mudra boosts the air element (Vaayu), thus stimulating the brain, empowering the mind, nervous system and pituitary gland. It’s many benefits also include stimulating the endrocrine system and through the air element it dries out joints and cartilage which might otherwise be full of fluid, causing pain and joint stiffness.
Gyan mudra symbolizes the union of Self with the universe, the unification of one's soul and the supreme Soul. The thumb symbolizes the supreme Soul, the index finger refers to the practitioner's soul, the middle finger represents sattva ("purity" and "true wisdom"), the ring finger represents rajas ("passion" and "action"), and the little finger symbolizes tamas ("lethargy" and "darkness"). .
Gyan mudra is an excellent representation of the yogic philosophy of evolving from the state of ignorance to wisdom and from darkness to enlightenment. Practicing this mudra helps the practitioner to eliminate negative forces and focus on attaining true knowledge.
Additional benefits of gyan mudra include:
•Promotes proper flow of prana
•Addresses sleeping disorders
•Enhances memory power
•Relieves and prevents stress and anger
•Promotes sense of balance