Mudras are gestures and they typically involve placing the hands and fingers in certain positions. The meaning of ‘mudra’ in Sanskrit is ‘closure’ or ‘seal’. Mudra hand positions are physical gestures that have an effect on the energy flow of the body. The ancient practice of yoga links the hand mudras to the changing spiritual and mental aspects of a person.
The , which we practice in combination with the tree balancing posture, opens the heart chakra and is a symbol of purity. A lotus flower sits on the surface of the pond, opening to the sun as its roots remain deeply embedded into the muddy bottom, holding it firm and strong. Not a speck of mud can be seen on the beautiful flower that emerges. It is the symbol of light and beauty emerging from the darkness. The message of the lotus mudra is to stay connected to your roots, open yourself to the light and realise that the greatest sense of steadiness in life is an open heart.
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. It is one of the most commonly used gestures with those who meditate or practice yoga regularly. We use it on our centring at the beginning of the class.
Benefits of chin mudra:
• Increases the air element within the body
• Boosts enthusiasm, initiativeness and creative thinking
• Enhances cognitive process and memory
Who could tell me what mudra is this one on the right is?
Tip: think sixth chakra ;o)