Gyan Mudra / Chin Mudra variation - gesture of knowledge
Gyan Mudra / Chin Mudra is a well known mudra in Hatha Yoga and across spiritual traditions. The mudra is formed by joining tips of index finger and thumb. When your fingers point up to Heaven, it is called the Gyan Mudra, however, when your fingers point down to Earth, it is called the Chin Mudra. The connection of index finger and thumb symbolize elated consciousness. The circle formed by joining thumb and index finger portrays the ultimate goal of yoga. Unify consciousness into zero or infinite. The three extended fingers represent sattva, rajas and tamas gunas.
The variation indicated in the picture is formed by joining the tip of your index finger with the first thumb joint and applying light pressure on the nail of your index finger.
Chin Mudra is a remedy for mental disorders, insomnia, high blood pressure and depression. Chin Mudra enhances memory and improves concentration. Chin Mudra helps in opening up of psychic centers and stimulates Pineal gland.
Chin mudra has a multiplying effect when performed in a meditative pose. The mudra can be practiced from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.