The Mudra You Need to Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom

Often used in meditation, pranayama, and asana, this mudra helps lift dull energy, creates a more receptive state, calms the mind, and brightens the overall mood.

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Join us this month in a conscious exploration of the symbolism of yoga mudras. Master teacher Sianna Sherman takes us step by step through Chin Mudra. Want to add more meaning to your practice? Sign up for Sianna’s empowering Goddess Yoga online course.

Why Practice Chin Mudra?

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In this mudra, the index finger represents individual consciousness and the thumb represents universal consciousness. The index finger represents the limited perspective of self and the thumb is the expanded perspective of Self. When the two join, the limited self is connected to the spacious Universal Self. Also called Jnana (wisdom) Mudra when the palms are turned down, use this gesture to call on Saraswati, the Goddess of learning, music, creativity, intuition, knowledge, discernment, sensibility, and wisdom. Saraswati is a knowing deeper than words. Her Shakti helps to release any stuck energy patterns from within and unleash the creative flow. Practice Chin Mudra to tap into her inner listening, intuition, and right action. Often used in meditation, pranayama, and asana, this mudra helps lift dull energy, creates a more receptive state, calms the mind, and brightens the overall mood.

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Step 1

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Rest your hands on top of your thighs with your palms open.

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Step 2

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Gently bring the tip of the index finger to the tip of the thumb, keeping the remaining three fingers lightly extended. Relax the back of the hands on top of the thighs, with the palms facing up.

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Seated Indudalasana (Crescent Pose) with Chin Mudra

Sit in a comfortable position. Inhale and lengthen your spine. Exhale and lean to the left. Place your left hand open and relaxed to the earth outside your left hip. Extend your right arm up overhead in a graceful way with chin mudra. Inhale back to center. Exhale to the right side. Follow the rhythm of your moonlight breath from side to side. Imagine you are seaweed moving in the tidal rhythm of the ocean. Crescent from side to side for several rounds, flowing in the tidal rhythm of your breath.

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About Our Expert
Sianna Sherman is an internationally renowned yoga teacher, community activator, evocative storyteller and a passionate speaker at festivals throughout the world. She is the founder of Rasa Yoga, Mythic Yoga Flow®, creator of the Goddess Yoga Project in partnership with Yoga Journal, and co-founder of Urban Priestess—a platform that serves the empowerment of women. Sianna was featured in Yoga Journal as one of the main teachers shaping the future of yoga. As a globetrotting yogini, she offers high vibration gatherings, teacher trainings, workshops, sacred site retreats, and pilgrimages as an offering of Love. Sianna is an innovative, visionary spirit with a deep devotion to Soul Alchemy. Her vision is to serve for the Benefit of All Beings & awaken magic into the world!