Gyan Hasta Mudra:
The Sanskrit word “jnana” means pure knowledge. It is linked with sagacity and enlightened wisdom. That, which enables us discriminate between the right and the wrong and which shows us the light of truth, is “jnana”. Great spiritual endeavors (sadhana) are required for attainment of jnana. The jnana mudra pertains to the yoga practices for such a sadhana. Lord Buddha’s idols and pictures often depict his hands in this mudra. Practice of this mudra increases the smooth flow of blood supply and circulation in the brain to help energize the neurons for instant action. This is how the jnana mudra helps in curing many of the brain related disorders. This mudra effectuates a balanced commingling of the agni and the vayu tatvas. We know that the tip of thumbs have the points of brain, pituitary and endocrine glands on it. So making Gyan mudra by pressing these centers with the index fingers, the brain and both the glands work actively to correct the sleeping pattern and eating disorders, BP, metabolism, mental state, physical growth, Retina Degeneration and Dwarfism. This mudra is also useful for enhancing mental capabilities. Its regular practice over a substantial stretch of time helps in sharpening the memory, mental concentration and thinking process and in increasing the grasping/learning capacities. It also activates and balances Apana Vayu as in case, if a belching (डकार) takes place after taking meals or if there is difficulty in defication – it means that the Apan Vayu which function is to eliminate the food residuals and toxins out of body by moving all downward is malfunctioning at present and this it is causing to move these upward instead. In such a case, the Apan Vayu gets corrected by practicing Gyan Mudra for few minutes and the Apan Vayu starts moving downward. Practicing this mudra in evening is helpful to save from the possible tension, anger, irritation, back pain or any kind of other pains, depression and we could enjoy restful sound sleep if practiced with Pran Mudra. Its instant effect is felt as slow relaxation of mind; retaining it for long induces a soothing sleep like effect. If one keeps one or both the hands in this mudra while lying on the bed, he often goes to sleep. Several types of mental disorders are prevented and cured by consistent practice of this mudra. It is beneficial for those suffering from insomnia. Short tempered and impatient persons can also get soothing improvement in their nature by practicing this mudra.
This Mudra activates air and air means movement so it will create movement in you and thus movement outside you. It reduces infatuation. It also helps us to avoid misconduct between male and female.
The Gyan Mudra is considered one of the most important mudras. It has been practiced in meditation for thousands of years, and continues to bring peace, calm and spiritual progress.
Known as the “mudra of knowledge”, it evokes the most expansive version of the self, so you can flow through your life lessons with ease and calm. It stimulates wisdom and knowledge.
The Gyan Mudra is found most useful to do this when speaking to someone so you come from your highest self.
To activate Kundalinu, Gyan mudra is most often practiced with the hands resting on the knees while the elbows are jeet straight..
The Gyan Mudra stimulates the root chakra, easing tension and depression. It relates to expansion and knowledge. It is extremely calming and brings the practitioner spiritual openness and ease in meditation. It is also known within traditional ayurveda to boost the air element, thus stimulating the brain, empowering the mind, nervous system and pituitary gland. It can help enhance concentration and prevent insomnia.
Why we Love the Gyan Mudra
We love the Gyan Mudra as it is simple and all-encompassing. In any given situation it connects you to the universal flow by simply joining the two fingers.
It also Balances Ego, Elevates Soul (आत्मबल), Inner Peace, A Calm Mind & Mental Immunity, Removes Unwanted Thoughts & Helps In Becoming Righteous. Improves Personality Disorders & Sleeplessness w.e.f. 21 & 3 days respectively, followed with Pran Mudra.
How It Works? Gyan Mudra – also known as meditation mudra or Dhyan mudra as it is an effective accompaniment to meditation due to its calming effect on the Mind.
In Prana Yoga, the index finger stands for the element Vayu or air. The air element is inherently mobile and imparts the quality of being unsteady or flighty to the Mind of the individual. Thumb represents Agni or the fire element. Both of these elements are related to all the parts of the body they constitute, along with the brain.
When the tip of the Index finger is joined with the tip of the thumb, in Jnana mudra, the air element gets stabilized imparting steadiness to the Mind or the related thinking process. Wisdom sets in only when the Mind is steady, thus this mudra is also known as Gyan ( wisdom) mudra.
Moreover, the points connected to the Pituitary and Pineal glands are situated on the tip of the thumb. Joining them with the tip of the index finger activates the overall secretions of the related hormones. The pituitary gland, also known as the master gland of the entire endocrine system impacts a being multiple physical and psychic levels. On the physical front, it is responsible for the proper growth of the body and at the psychic level it can make people liars, mean and bullies ( in case it is not functioning well), or geniuses, writers, poets or anthropologists ( in case of the pituitary gland if healthy).
Gyan mudra also impacts the Pineal gland which in turn is responsible for the healthy functioning of a number of related glands. A malfunctioning Pineal gland can lead to high BP, sex delinquency, and excessive retention of fluids in the body. This gland is also responsible for maintaining the general vigor of the body by regulating the flow of the cerebrospinal fluids rejuvenating the connected endocrine glands.
A healthy Pineal gland infuses sublimity in men, enhancing their wisdom and the willpower.
Advantages: Benefits of doing Gyan Mudra:-Practicing Jnana mudra strengthens the veins and the tendons in the body
Comprehension ability, memory and the concentration power of the Mind of the practitioner of Gyan mudra gets enhanced.
One of the benefits of practicing is that it rubs the emotions positively leading to a kind of discriminatory knowledge or enlightenment
The path of the movement of the electrical impulses along the nerves gets galvanized
The developmental impact of Jnana Mudra strengthens all the muscle systems: voluntary & involuntary
The voice of the practitioner of Jnana mudra gains power, strength as it positively impacts the vocal cords
Gyan mudra has been found very effective in healing conditions like hysteria, depression, dullness of mind, restlessness, different fears and phobias
It rectifies certain conditions related to the nervous system like alzimiers, neuritis, and cerebral palsy
It has the potency to correct or rejuvenate any damage related to the eye like optic atrophy or degeneration of the retina
Disorders like dwarfism ( hypopituitarism), diabetes, hypothyroidism, facial palsy, paraplegia, monoplegia can be cured, corrected by the regularly practicing Jnana mudra
Gyan mudra helps with overcoming addictions (morphine, bhang, charas, ganja, LSD, cocaine) and intoxication
Practicing Jnana mudra every day can help reduce violence, anger, or any tension inherent in one’s personality by propagating balance of mind
Imbeciles, weak minded individuals can benefit a lot from practicing Jnana mudra, Gyan
Insomniacs can benefit profoundly from practicing Jnana mudra
On the psychic level, Jnana mudra benefits by inducing the quality of conscientiousness towards work in the individual
It makes the individual mentally more aware and awake, leading to experiencing joy out of ordinary
Due to its balancing, calming effect on the Mind, Jnana mudra when done with meditation makes the experience more easy to come to reach at, thus terms like yoga Jnana mudra meditation are gaining popularity
Duration and repetitions: Jnana Mudra/ Gyan Mudra!
There is no time limit for practicing Jnana mudra as such, still, follow the below mentioned points in order to extract maximum benefit from the same
For curing hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, and diabetes practice Jnana / Gyan mudra for a minimum of 48 minutes every day
For arresting violence and irritability in the behavior, and for curing insomnia one must practice Jnana mudra for 48 minutes followed by Prana mudra for 20 minutes(Kind Courtesy: Randeep Singh Ji, Edited by DC Chaudhary)
Astro Explanation: Planet Jupiter’s – Gyan Mudra relates to Expansion- knowledge. ज्ञान मुद्रा करने हमारे ज्ञान में वृद्धि होती है। ज्योतिष अनुसार अंगूठा अग्नि तत्व का प्रतीक होने के साथ साथ वो मंगल ग्रह का प्रतिनिधित्व भी करता है तथा तर्जनी उंगुली वायु तत्व ऐंवम बृहस्पति ग्रह की प्रतीक भी होती है तथा जब यह दोनों अग्नि व वायु तत्त्व यानि ऊर्जा ग्रह मंगल ऐंवम ज्ञान के गुरु बृहस्पति देव आपस में मिलते हैं तो अग्नि तत्त्व व वायु तत्वों के संगम से अथवा कहें की – मित्र ग्रह मंगल की ऊर्जा प्राप्त कर के देवगुरु बृहस्पति का प्रभाव और अधिक बढ़ जाने से हमारी बुद्धि का और अधिक विकास होता है।A Different View of Gyan Hasta Mudra Gyan Mudra~Seal of Wisdom Gyan ज्ञान grounded ˈग्राउन्डिड् फ़ील कराने having the ability to make good decisions; having a sensible and realistic attitude to life, helping to live in the present जीवन के प्रति वास्तविक तर्कसंगत दृष्टिकोण अपनाना; व्यावहारिक, विवेकपूर्ण वर्तमान में जीना सिखलाने में सहायक। Have you ever seen pictures of meditating monks with their hands in specific positions? Doesn’t it feel so calming just LOOKING at them like this? I used to wonder what they were doing with their hands. What is the significance of each hand gesture and why is it being done? Is there an added benefit to doing the hand position shown above during meditation or can I just plop my hands on my knees? What is Gyan Mudra? So many questions about a very private practice! That’s why I went on an exploratory mission to find out what meditators always seem to be doing with their hands and why! It turns out that meditators are utilizing mudras. Mudra’s are special placements of the fingers and hands that encourage 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 specifically helps to facilitate inner wisdom by 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 and energy that are activated when pressed together. This activation creates the inner balance and quiet needed to attain wisdom. In Sanskrit: Gyan=”Wisdom” Mudra=”Seal” Other names: Jnana Mudra, Dhyan Mudra, Chin Mudra Background: Gyan Mudra is regarded as one of the most important Mudras. It has been used to enhance meditation for thousands of years. In Sanskrit, these two words mean the “Seal of Wisdom.” How to do: •Sit in Lotus Pose (Padmasna) or Cross Legged Pose (Sukhasana). Lay the top of each hand gently on the thighs, palms faced upwards. •Touch your index finger to your thumb. Allow the 2 fingers to slowly circle around each other. Feel the energy from your beating pulse. Let the other fingers extend out straight and together. •Roll your shoulder back and down so that you are sitting up straight. Imagine a string pulling the top of your head towards the sky. •Breathe. Ahhhhh! Meditate if desired or simply enjoy feeling the breath swirl up from the belly to cool the nostrils. Benefits 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). Balances the pituitary gland (regulates thyroid) and nervous system (responds to stimuli – sympathetic/parasympathetic). 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. Other Facts Chakra The root chakra (1st Chakra) is stimulated by Gyan Mudra. The root chakra is loacated at the base of the spine. It is the foundation for all the other chakras as it provides a sense of safety and stability. Ayurveda In Ayurveda, Gyan Mudra is known as Vaayu Vardhak Mudra. According to this ancient medicinal system, our body is made up of 5 earth elements: earth (Prithvi), air (Vayu) , water (Jal), fire (Agni), and space (Akasha). The goal is to keep all of these elements in balance. The thumb represents the fire element and the index finger represents air element. By performing Gyan Mudra, the air element within the body naturally balances.Why do we want a balanced Air element? Because air represents purification, mobility, lightness, energy, relief, and cooling. Dosha Gyan Mudra is the most helpful for Kapha Doshas. This Dosha is made up of heavier elements that need some lightness when imbalanced. Vatta Doshas should perform in moderation due to the prominence of the air element. Acupuncture In Acupuncture, the hand has a variety of reflex zones. The pituitary and endocrine glands are correlated to the tip of the thumb. The pressure used to practice Gyan Mudra activates these 2 systems, allowing them to work together. An Other Important Version: What is Gyan Mudra? by Dr. Ramdesh | Kundalini Yoga, Mudras | 8 comments FacebookTwitterPinterest26EmailShare Affiliate Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. Spirit Voyage may earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase. 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. Its 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. (Note: In Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, he said that the Jupiter Finger relates to the element of Ether (Akaash) whereas in many forms of Ayurveda, this finger is said to relate to the element of Air. The science of mudra is somewhat fluid, as there are many traditions. Should Gyan Mudra be seen as relating to the Ether Tattva instead of Air, the benefits would include the sense of hearing. No matter which element this finger represents, the end result of expansion, calm, elevation, and receptivity to knowledge stay the same.) In Kundalini Yoga, Gyan mudra is most often practiced with the hands resting on the knees and the elbows straight, although Yogi Bhajan taught it with many variations. If the palms face down, one is grounding and rooting oneself to the earth. If the palms point out, you are connecting yourself to celestial knowledge. In this position, one of the most common in yoga and meditation, the mudra practitioner becomes detached from worldly affairs. Variations of this mudra include Abhay Gyan Mudra, which is holding both hands in Gyan Mudra and bringing the arms up, palms facing in front of you (as if you are taking an oath.) In this particular position, the mudra inspires fearlessness. Another variation, known as Dhyan Gyan Mudra, keeps the hands in Gyan Mudra and pulls them in resting on the lap, extended fingers facing each other. There are many variations of this mudra, and you will see it pop up again and again in Kundalini yoga meditations and kriya. Traditionally in India, mudras are practiced as distinct meditations. If you choose to practice Gyan Mudra separately from a Kundalini yoga meditation, it is suggested to hold the mudra for at least 30-45 minutes (early morning hours are ideal) to experience health benefits. You can add Gyan Mudra while chanting any mantra in the Kundalini yoga tradition, and it serves as a “default” mudra when you don’t know what to do with your hands while chanting or meditating.