“mini yogis minute” tip of the week
Gyana Mudra is perhaps the most familiar of the Mudras (hand positions), created by touching the tip of the forefinger to the tip of the thumb, and extending the other three fingers.
There are a number of reasons why we perform Gyana Mudra. One is that it is meant to create a circuit of energy that recycles prana/energy. Another is that it cultivates a special awareness and level of concentration/meditation when sustained. Yet another is that it creates a muscle memory of sorts, that reminds the mind to instantly calm down any time the Mudra is performed, in or out of yoga.
To kids, however, Gyana Mudra is basically an "OK" sign.
So, it may not be the traditional interpretations, but OK is still OK. You can use Gyana Mudra with kids as a reminder of just how OK they are. It can be used to remind them of an empowerment mantra during meditation. Or you can have an OK circle where each kid holds up his or her Mudra and tells everyone why s/he is OK.
Whatever you do with it, one of the main concepts we are trying to convey to our mini yogis is that they are just perfect, exactly the way they are. Maybe the classical interpretation of Gyana Mudra is ready for a makeover. 😉
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