Definition - What does Chinmaya Mudra mean?
Chinmaya mudra, which is also referred to as "the gesture of awareness," is one of the powerful mudras that promote physical and mental health. Chinmaya is a Sanskirt word which means "supreme awareness," "full of knowledge" or "pure wisdom"; and mudra means "gesture" or "seal."
Mudras can be practiced for up to 45 minutes. It is highly recommended to practice a mudra for at least 15 minutes a day.
Yogapedia explains Chinmaya Mudra
To practice chinmaya mudra, assume padmasana, vajrasana or sukhasana. Bring the tips of the thumb and forefinger together and form a circle. Curl the remaining fingers into your palms. Place your palms on the upper thighs. The palms can face upward or downward. Keep the eyes closed and breathe through the nose. Start practicing the mudra for 10 minutes and gradually increase the duration for up to 45 minutes.
The benefits of practicing chinmaya mudra include:
- Promotes flow of prana
- Positively impacts the energy in the thoracic region
- Promotes breathing in the midsection of the lungs
- Improves digestion