Thursday, 5 October 2017

Chin Mudra in Yoga - Steps & Benefits

The Chin Mudra, also known as Gyan Mudra, can be described as a yogic gesture that represents the unified nature of human consciousness. Yogis also state that this mudra is the gesture of knowledge. This Chin Mudra helps us to lift us from sluggish energy, creates a more receptive state, calms the mind, and brightens the overall mood.


Both the hands are used to practice this gesture. In order to perform the chin mudra, you should –
  •           Hold the thumb and index finger together lightly
  • ·        While extending the remaining three fingers.
  • ·        The thumb and index finger need only touch together, without exerting any pressure.
  • ·        Keep the three extended fingers as straight as possible.
  • ·        The hands can then be placed on the thighs, facing upwards.

  •           Improvement and increase in concentration, even during meditation.
  • ·        Increasing energy and stamina
  • ·        Promotion of better sleep patterns
  • ·        Reduction of common ailments like lower back pain
  • ·        Relieving stress and any unnecessary tension in the body.

Time Duration:

No particular time duration for this mudra. You can practice while sitting, whenever and wherever you have time.

While there are no major side effects associated with the Chin Mudra, it is a good idea to check with a doctor, before practicing the gesture.

Did You Know?

In this mudra, the index finger represents individual consciousness and the thumb represents universal consciousness. The index finger represents the limited perspective of self and the thumb is the expanded perspective of self. When the two join, the limited self is connected to the spacious Universal Self.