The Chinmaya Mudra is a yoga hand gesture that helps you connect with divine energy. This is a comprehensive guide about the meaning of Chinmaya Mudra, its benefits, and how to do it.
Definition – What is Chinmaya Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?
Chinmaya Mudra is a type of Hasta Mudra or Hand gesture/seal. Chinmaya Mudra is also known as the Mudra of awareness.
This Mudra brings awareness to the body, the more aware you are of your body, the more mindful you will become. This awareness gives many benefits to our body, such as a healthy body, mind, and functioning of our various systems. Breath awareness is key to this Mudra. You should be aware of your breath while practicing this. The more aware you are of your breath more benefits you will take out of this Mudra.
This Mudra emphasizes supreme awareness of the body when you connect with your inner self to a great extent. True Yogis practice this to become more aware of their inner self.
We generally practice this Mudra while performing various Pranayama such as Ujjayi Pranayama, Bhastrika Pranayama & Kapaal Bhati Pranayama.
It is one of the Mudras that channelizes Prana’s flow into our entire body. As we already know, every living being has Prana energy, the vital force inside them. This energy keeps us alive and motivated. So, to improve our Prana energy flow, we practice various Pranayama. And if you want to take maximum advantage from Pranayama practice, you should practice it with the right Mudras. One such Mudra is Chinmaya Mudra. It will help you to get better with your Pranayama practice.
It calms and stabilizes the mind by encouraging a more balanced body and mind.
As we already know, our sensory organs want to consume their respective food. Eyes want to see beautiful things. Ears want to hear something good, etc. By practicing this Mudra, we can refrain our sensory organs from chasing their foods.
Many people confuse this Mudra with Gyan Mudra. So, it is to be remembered that Gyan Mudra and Chinmaya Mudra are two different Mudras.
Mudra of awareness.
How to Do Chinmaya Mudra?
- This Mudra can be practiced while holding different postures if you feel it is right for you to do so.
- However, to gain maximum benefits of this Mudra, start by sitting in a comfortable meditative posture (Sukhasana, Padmasana, or Swastikasana). Whichever posture you find comfortable while sitting is fine. Keep your spinal health in check.
- Keep your neck and spine comfortably erect.
- Rest both of your palms comfortably on your knee. Palms facing upward towards the sky.
- Gently close your eyes.
- Now, gently join your index finger and thumb to form a circle. Curl your remaining fingers (middle finger, ring finger & the little finger) comfortably. Make sure to do this on both of your hands.
- Observe this dark space behind your eyes.
- Witness your entire mind and body. Witness your breath without losing awareness of your breath.
- Breathe deeper and longer. With every passing breath, make your breathing even deeper.
- You can practice it with different Pranayamas, such as Ujjayi Pranayama and Bhatrika Pranayama.
Chinmaya Mudra Benefits
- It makes you more aware and makes you more mindful at work, home, etc.
- It channelizes the flow of Prana. So you feel more energized.
- It makes you more confident and promotes positive energies within you.
- It improves digestion. As you become calmer and more relaxed, it naturally improves your digestive system.
- It improves the memory retention power of our brain.
- It cures sleep-related issues such as insomnia.
- Practicing this Mudra ensures we are not losing our positive energies. It helps to regulate the flow of energy in our bodies. By practicing this flow of positive energy remains inside of our body. We do not lose our energy to the external world.
- It opens the blockage around the thoracic area (around the chest).
Chinmaya Mudra Precautions and Contraindications
Similar to all other Mudra practices, it has no side effects.
However, there are a few things to consider:
- Do not firmly press your finger against each other. They should be slightly touching each other and not put excessive pressure.
- Do not confuse it with Gyan Mudra. Both are similar in some ways but have slightly different properties.
- Keep your spine comfortably erect.
When and how long to do Chinmaya Mudra?
- This Mudra can be practiced when you need to internalize your senses.
- You can practice this if you want to become more mindful.
- If you want to become more active and more joyful, then you should give it a try.
- It serves great value if you have stress, memory loss, and digestive issues.
Morning is the ideal time to do any yoga or Mudra. In the morning, at this time during the daytime, our brain is at its best. So, you are more likely to be able to concentrate easily. Therefore, you should practice this Mudra from 4 am and 6 am to get the most effective outcomes.
If you are having difficulty with this during the morning, you can do this Mudra later in the evening too.
Practicing this Mudra for a minimum of 30-40 minutes daily is recommended. Whether you wish to complete it in one stretch or two threes that last between 10 and 15 minutes, it’s up to you. Based on research, the best way to practice an exercise for at least 20 minutes is to get the best benefits of that particular Mudra.
Breathing in Chinmaya Mudra
There are three types of breathing we can practice with this Mudra:
- Abdominal Breathing.
- Thoracic Breathing.
- Yogic Breathing (Abdominal Breathing, Thoracic Breathing & Clavicle breathing.)
Visualization in Chinmaya Mudra
- Visualize that The tall mountains surround you.
- Explore these mountains and see what you can find.
Affirmation in Chinmaya Mudra
While practicing this, Keep a positive intention. Start with:
“I am aware of my existence. I am aware of my potential; nothing can stop me from achieving what I deserve.”
The Chinmaya Mudra is one of the most important Mudras, and its benefits are numerous. This Mudra helps to improve your concentration, mental clarity, and memory. If you want to learn more about Mudras and how to incorporate them into your life, check out our Mudras Certification Course. In this course, you’ll learn all 108 Mudras and their benefits so that you can start reaping the rewards of these ancient practices today.