The Sanskrit, the word Chin means "consciousness" and Mudra means “gesture.” Therefore this practice can be translated as the "attitude of consciousness." This practice is very similar to Jnana Mudra. The tip of the index finger can be either placed at the root of the thumb or so that the tip of the index finger is in contact with the tip of the thumb. The difference between this practice and Jnana Mudra lies in the arrangement of the hands on the knees. This practice is preformed during the practices of Meditation, Yoga Asana and Pranayama. When preforming this practice, the index finger represents the individual Consciousness and the limited perspective of the self, the thumb represents the Universal Consciousness and expanded perspective of the Self. When we preform this practice , we connect the limited self with Universal Self.
Benefits of Chin Mudra
- Improvement and increase in concentration, even during Meditation.
- Connects us to our Higher Self.
- Increasing Prana or energy and stamina.
- Promotion of better sleep patterns.
- Reduction of common ailments like lower back pain.
- Relieving stress and any unnecessary tension in the body.