Jnana Mudra

The term Jnana means Wisdom in Sanskrit and as the name suggests, Jnana Mudra can be described as the gesture of knowledge or wisdom.


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According to yogic scriptures, the index finger is supposed to represent ego, while the thumb represents the Universal spirit. The Jnana Mudra symbolizes destruction of ego, as the index finger is held down and conquered by the thumb.


While practicing the Jnana Mudra, make sure that you are sitting comfortably in the meditative pose, with your eyes closed.

Then, you need to -

  • Place your hands on your knees in such a way that the inner part of your wrists rests on the kneecap and the palm faces downwards
  • Form a circle by bringing your index finger and thumb together. Make sure that the nail of the forefinger rests on the first thumb joint
  • Keep the other three fingers extended


Jnana Mudra is said to be one of the most therapeutic mudras that a person can practice. Some of the health benefits of this gesture include -

  • Alleviating nervous tension from the body
  • Boosting memory
  • Curing insomnia
  • Developing creativity
  • Enhancing spirituality
  • Increasing mental peace
  • Regulating the flow of air in the body
  • Stabilizing the mind

Though there are no known side effects that have been associated with the Jnana Mudra, it is best that one consults a doctor before practicing any yoga gesture.

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