In this ancient science of yoga, it is said that the hands form a map of the body in a similar way to reflexology. Our hands not only contain each of the five elements, but they also relate to the chakras. Just imagine, if we could understand some of the science behind our hands and combine that with intention, power of breath, visualisation and affirmation... the effects would be amazing!
There is such a healing and communicative power within our hands, and by using certain mudras intentionally, we are not only communicating to the world around us, but also to ourselves.
Take the example of the jnana mudra. In this hand gesture we join the tip of the thumb and index finger together. This is said to activate the pituitary gland. If you can hold this mudras and focus on breathing into the upper area of the lungs and throat, you may start to feel a sense of spaciousness emerging in Ajna centre. This mudra, therefore, is perfect for meditation.
In this hand gesture of the jnana mudra, we also have three fingers pointing outwards. These represent the three gunas, or state of the mind. They are mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita as being:
- Rajas - activity
- Tamas - inaction
- Satva - purity
We are all subject to these three modes of nature. However, when we adopt this mudra they pointed downwards and away towards the Earth. We are symbolically saying that in this moment of meditation the mind (and it's 3 modes) and not active for us. Therefore, the jnana mudra helps us gain greater clarity by raising our thoughts up and beyond the three modes of nature.
What is great about holding a mudras, is that you can do it anywhere! Any time that you need extra wisdom or clarity you can hold a specific hand gesture with intention, and no one will know - even in the super market queue.
Let us know how you get on with the jnana mudra in the comments below.