Active Versus Passive Mudras

I have been using mudras as a form of healing for many years, and during that time I have noticed that placing the pad of my thumb against the fingernail(s) rather than the tip of the finger(s) feels much more intense, so I became curious.

After researching I have found out that whenever the thumb pad is placed against the fingernail(s) in any mudra, it is the active version of the gesture – it activates the energies of that particular mudra with more intensity than the passive version. The passive version of mudras is for the actual usage of the energy during calm meditation and other less active situations such sitting on public transport.

The Active Gyan Mudra

The active Gyan/Jnana Mudra should be used during powerful breathing practices such as the Agni Sara Pranayama (the Breath of Fire). In my experience, the active version of the Gyan Mudra is even more powerful when the fingernail of the index finger is pressed into the first thumb joint, rather than just placing the thumb pad against the index fingernail.

Gyan/Jnana Mudra (active version)
Active Gyan/Jnana Mudra

The Active Pran Mudra

When using the Pran Mudra with both hands, placing the thumb pad against the ring and little fingernails activates the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The hemispheres function equally and in perfect harmony with each other. My experience again has shown me that gently pressing the fingernails of the ring and little finger into the first thumbnail joint makes the active Pran Mudra even more powerful.

Active Pran Mudra
Active Pran Mudra

Experiment with these variations. I would love to know about your mudra experiences.


5 thoughts on “Active Versus Passive Mudras

  1. Malavika

    You have a very valuable blog! Thank you for collecting all this information regarding mudras in one place and sharing them with the world. I would love to share your blog with my readers. Very informative. Thank you. Namaste.


    1. Thank you too Malavika. You are more than welcome to share my blog. You also have a very valuable and intriguing blog. You are so spiritually insightful and it’s refreshing. I especially like “So You Want To Meditate?” and I would like to Reblog or Press it if that’s OK with you? Namaste


      1. Malavika

        That would be my absolute honour. I look forward to staying in touch, and please do consider me a friend. Pranam.


      2. You can consider me a friend too. I will definitely stay in touch.
        I must admit, for some reason I have never come across the word “Pranam”, yet I hear namaste all the time. I just looked it up – thank you for showing me a new word! I know I will be learning a lot more from you!
        Pranam. 🙂


      3. Malavika

        😀 My pleasure! I often would use Pranam in conversations that are spiritual in nature, as it conveys a great deal of respect and reverence. Namaste is a more universal greeting. 🙂

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