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The Yoga Hand Gesture For Inner Peace
Over the last three weeks, yoga teacher Lucie Ataya has introduced you to the practice of mudras and shown you how to add these to your yoga and meditation practice.
If you've not already, what are you waiting for - check them out:
Mudra 1 - The Chin Mudra
Mudra 2 - The Kshepana Mudra
Mudra 3 - The Surya Mudra
Mudra 5 - The Agni Mudra
Mudra 6 - The Bhairava Mudra
Mudra 7 - The Vishnu Mudra
Mudra 8 - The Namaskar Mudra
Mudra 9 - The Ganesha Mudra
Yoga Mudras Series: 4. Jnana Mudra
Jnana Mudra looks very similar to Chin Mudra (which we looked at earlier here), except the palm faces down.
Jnana Mudra is mainly used during meditation practice. In Sanskrit, Jnana can be translated to knowledge or wisdom.
HOW TO: In a seated position, bring the tip of the thumb and the tip of the index finger to touch. Relax the other fingers.
Tips are facing down and the insides of the wrists are resting on the knees.
BENEFITS: Jnana Mudra invites a feeling of grounding and inner peace.
DID YOU KNOW: Some people meditate with one hand in Chin Mudra and one hand in Jnana Mudra: this allows the practitioner to receive energy from the palm facing up whilst the palm facing down acts to balance that energy and prevent it from becoming overpowering.
Stay tuned for the rest of this series!
See more from Lucie:
"You can't do yoga if you're not flexible" - 5 Ridiculous Myths That Actually Stop People Doing Yoga
A no-nonsense explanation of your asana from your chaturanga + more terms that pop up in yoga class
For more information on yoga classes across South and Central London, get in touch with Lucie