the gesture of knowledge - in this the index finger is bent so that its tip is joined with the tip of the thumb, the other three fingers are spread out.
Jnana yoga ...
hand position that joins fingers and thumb; gesture of intuitive knowledge ...
Valuable basic mudras are vishnu mudra, sampurana mudra, jnana mudra, cin mudra, sambhavi mudra, khechari mudra, ashwini mudra, maha mudra, mahabeda mudra, yoga mudra, shakti chalana mudra, yoni mudra, Sanmukhi mudra, Naumukhi mudra, Prana mudra, Viparit karana mudra, vajroli mudra, amaroli mudra, ...
Place your palms facing up in jnana mudra (forefinger and thumb touching) with your palms facing up to open your awareness or facing down to calm the mind. Scan your body and relax any tension. Let your spine rise from the ground of the pelvis.
Put both hands on the knees in jnana mudra.
Retain this position for 10 to 15 minutes or as comfortable to you.
While returning to the original position first stretch out right leg.
- Inhale, recting arms on knees with bringing thumb and index fingers together in jnana mudra.
- Repeat on opposite leg position if desired.
- Hold pose 3 to 5 breaths or as long as comfortable.
This standing, balancing spinal twisting posture is fun to lead in a yoga class! It certainly requires a lot of practice beforehand, especially if you mirror postures as you are leading them. The hand mudra is called the Jnana Mudra (in some sources it is referred to as the Chin Mudra).
In the morning or at night sit down in the corner in your lotus posture, with the hands in either jnana mudra or chin mudra. Close your eyes. Fix the gaze at the nose tip, mid-eyebrow centre, heart centre, navel centre or anywhere. Sit upright and straight.
Place the hands on the knees with the fingers depicting the holy sign, as in Chin or Jnana Mudra. Close the eyes and concentrate on your normal breathing. Sit in this posture as long as you can.
To relax the head and neck, the jaw is allowed to fall towards the neck and the back of the neck to lengthen. The shoulders move backwards and the ribcage lifts. The tongue rests on the roof of the mouth. The hands may rest on the knees in chin or jnana mudra.
See also: What is the meaning of Yoga, Jnana, Mudra, Asana, Meditation?