Benefits and Steps of Chin Mudra

The Chin Mudra, also known as Gyan Mudra, can be described as a yogic gesture that represents the unified nature of human consciousness. Yogis also state that this mudra is the gesture of knowledge.

It is one of the most commonly used gestures with those who meditate or practice yoga regularly.


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Both the hands are used to practice this gesture. In order to perform the chin mudra, you should –

  • Form a circle by joining your thumb and your forefinger.
  • Place the nail of your index finger against the soft pad of the thumb
  • Extend the last three fingers of your hands, the palm-side facing upwards

It is important that the palm-side of your hands should face upwards in the receiving pose. If the palm-side faces downward, the gesture becomes the jnana mudra.

When you are meditating, form the Chin Mudra and place your hands on your knees to stimulate the “Nadi”.


Yogis claim that there are many different health benefits that have been associated with the chin mudra, some of which include –

  • Creation of a Pranic circuit, which maintains and redirects the “Prana” or the flow of energy within your body
  • Improvement and increase in concentration, even during meditation
  • Increasing energy and stamina
  • Promotion of better sleep patterns
  • Reduction of common ailments like lower back pain
  • Relieving stress and any unnecessary tension in the body 
  • Stimulation of the energies based at the Mooladhara Chakra

While there are no major side effects associated with the Chin Mudra, it is a good idea to check with a doctor, before practicing the gesture. In fact, do consult your doctor before you practice any yoga pose.

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