Definition - What does Unmani mean?

Unmani is Sanskrit word that means “no mind,” “beyond the mind” or “thoughtless.” In yogic philosophy, it describes a state of transition between two states of consciousness – waking and dreaming. In unmani, the yogi is neither fully awake nor asleep. It can also be thought of as the transition between conscious and unconscious thought patterns. Unmani is not a state of meditation, which requires an awakened state.

The word unmani is also sometimes used to mean samadhi or one of the levels of samadhi, or the final limb of Patanjali's eightfold path of yoga.

Yogapedia explains Unmani

There are four states of consciousness, with three transition stages. The four states of consciousness are:

  • Waking
  • Dreaming
  • Deep Sleep
  • Turiya (silent consciousness)

In addition to unmani, the transition states are aladani (between dreaming and deep sleep) and samadhi (between deep sleep and turiya).

Unmani mudra is a meditative practice in which the yogi attains a state free from thoughts. To practice this mudra, the yogi chooses a comfortable seated position and, with eyes open, concentrates on the bindu, then moves the awareness through the chakras from the crown downward. The eyes will gradually close.

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