Jnana Mudra or gesture of consciousness

Jun 10, 2017

In our post last week, we talked about mudras and their meaning. Today we are going to be interested in one of the best known mudras, Jñana Mudra or gesture of consciousness.


Especially used in the Buddhist religion, it has survived to this day as one of the most flattering mudras for meditation. However, it also has various useful properties for other areas of life.


  • On the physical plane: relieves disorders of the nervous system. Relieves nervous tension in the body.
  • On the mental plane: it gives us a greater ease of concentration and attention. It stimulates memory.
  • On the emotional level: it awakens a feeling of tenderness and affection.
  • On the spiritual level: it puts us in direct contact with the wisdom and knowledge of the divinity.


You can perform Jnana Mudra in different ways. One of the best known is in the lotus position: without or with Zafu or meditation cushion, sitting cross-legged with the arms resting on the legs and the mudra in both hands. However, you can also do it at heart level with your right hand and combine it with the Chin Mudra* performed with your left hand and supported between your legs, in the area of ​​your first chakra. This mudra is practiced in two ways:
  • with both hands: join the tips of the thumb and index finger. The other fingers remain extended. The hands remain on the thighs. The tips of the thumb and forefinger touch;
  • in the second version, the tip of the index finger touches the first phalanx of the thumb, and the thumb exerts light pressure on the finger nail. The first is the passive and receiving posture, and the second, the active and giving one.
* Distinguish : if the palms face upwards, it is Jnana Mudra. If the hands face down the mudra is Chin Mudra.

What does Jnana Mudra symbolize?

They symbolize the harmony of the human conscience (thumb) and the 3 extended fingers, the three use, qualities that keep all evolution going: Tamas (lethargy, inertia), Rajas (activity, dynamism) and Sattva (balance, harmony). The closed circle of the index and thumb represents the goal of Yoga: the union of the individual soul (Atman) with the Whole (Brahman). In your next yoga practice, why not try this mudra? Remember that you can also visit us and find a selection of products in one of our physical stores. ¡Thank you!

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