When I teach meditation I often include this basic mudra, or hand position. It is formed by placing the thumb and index finger together and then resting the palm open. The hand can rest either facing upwards or downwards depending on the focused intention. However, the key is the finger position. It is important to gently press the fingertips together without creating strain or force.
This special hand position called Chin Mudra is a foundational practice within traditional yogic teaching. It is thought to connect the fields within the body that help to ground the energy running through the sushumna, central channel within the torso.
It is a very useful and powerful way to ground awareness with firm attention. It is thought to anchor the meditator within a rooted witnessing consciousness.
There are many reasons why we cultivate a stated of being centered and rooted. Being firmly rooted in our awareness with a calm centered-core energy is the best state to maintain during stressful transitions, or moments of conflict.
When we achieve a sense of being grounded, or being centered we have integrated strength. That strength allows us to center ourselves later after drama or upheaval. It’s the state we wish to return when we’ve been thrown off-center.
Using the mudra, a center technique for the mind and body has a physiological and psychically centering mechanism. It allows the force within the body to become rooted while in harmonic flow. It is a foundational practice to get into especially in the begin of a new meditation practice.
When I first began to meditate I was not given the mudra. I was trained to hone my awareness and root it with my breath. This works equally well, although it require practice. Whereas the mudra appears to be instantaneous.
I highly recommend using the chin mudra in meditation to gain a depth in rooting the channel of energy. It has a lasting effect later even when not meditating. During stressful meetings, or classes, using chin mudra to help hone the mind for concentration and clarity.
We can learn about a new practice, or may be revisit one we’ve known. Chin mudra may appear easy. Simply touching two fingers together. And yet, somehow that simple and easy act has activated the nervous system to respond with calm awareness. It instantly sends signals into body to unify.
When I teach children to meditate we always sit with our hands in chin mudra palms facing down to help turn our attention inward toward our breathing. It is a great way to teach discipline to control the body while in meditation. It allows a framework to cultivate while calm the breathing and slowing down the mental activity.
During my mother’s group meditations, we sit with our hands in chin mudra with palms facing upward in reception of expansive energy and insight. This position helps to facilitate calm rooted awareness with an intentional focus of receptivity.