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3 Top Hand Positions to Do During Meditation

September 12, 2017

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Om. It’s time to mudra your way to mindfulness.

By definition, “mudra” is the Sanskrit word that translates into “seal”. It’s about connecting your chakras, aligning your sensory receptors and created a deep connection with your mind, body, and spirit.

The “mudra” or rather, hand positions you use throughout your meditation will determine the flow of energy you receive throughout your body. In other words, the way you mudra (hold your hands) influences the way you hold your mind.

As such, your hand position for meditation is a huge factor that should never be underestimated. While there are hundreds of different mudras to choose from, here are the top 3 based on comfortability, effectiveness, mindfulness and popularity.

 

Chin Mudra

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The Chin Mudra, also known as the consciousness seal, is the one hand position every one associates with the term, “Om”. So, you’ve likely unconsciously done the consciousness seal on more than one occasion throughout your meditation and yoga practice.

This mudra also comes fairly naturally to most people and encourages stimulation of the root chakra, which further deepens your connection to the earth. As such, the Chin Mudra one of the best hand positions for meditation and here’s how you do it:

  1. When seated in your meditation pose, connect your index finger with your thumb, forming a “seal” (circle)
  2. Turn your hands so your palms are facing down and place them over your knees
  3. Breathe and feel the intense sense of grounding and humbling energies

 

Jnana Mudra

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The Jnana Mudra is quite similar in nature and position to the Chin Mudra.  Although, the differences are what truly separated the two, as the details of the hand positions during meditation determine the energy flow. As such, the Jnana Mudra is used to create a wisdom seal; to provide you with feelings of spaciousness and uplifting energy throughout your body and mind. To do this hand meditation pose, follow these steps:

  1. When seated in your meditation pose, connect your index finger with your thumb, forming a “seal” (circle)
  2. Turn your hands so your palms are facing up and place them over your knees
  3. Breathe and feel the sense of insight growing in your palms

 

Dhyana Mudra

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The Dhyana Mudra is another meditation hand position everyone does on the regular, without realizing that they’re doing it. So, you’ve been channeling all kinds of balance and mindfulness energies in and out of your practice without even knowing it.

Also known as the meditation seal, The Dhyana Mudra hand position promotes balance and yin-yang energies within your mind, body and spirit. To complete this meditation position, here are the steps to follow:

  1. When seated in your meditation pose, place the back of your right hand on the palm of your left hand, forming a “seal” between the two
  2. Make sure your hands are facing up and lightly rest them in your lap
  3. Breathe and feel the calming sense of balance as you align all your energies

  

Play around with your meditation practice and experience the different energies provided from different kinds of hand positions. And don’t forget to add in your prayer beads for a true depth of mindfulness. Shop the Mala Prayer collection today.