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About the Gyan Mudra

by Ramdesh Kaur | Mar 20, 2012 | Kundalini Yoga, Mudras

Gyan Mudra
What is Gyan Mudra?
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. Artistic depictions of great spiritual masters such as Guru Nanak, Christ, Buddha and Mahavir are all shown regularly with this hand position. 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 Gyan Mudra:
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.

About the Author
Paulette Florio, LMT, NMT, E-RYT-200, has studied yoga for more than 50 years and has taught yoga for over 30 years. Her classes are a blend of her yoga experience (Sivananda, Integral, Iyengar, Tri Yoga, Anusara, Ashtanga) and over 25 years in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT).

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