Learn how to do the Pushan Mudra, a yoga practice that strengthens your hands, throat, and mind. Discover its benefits and other facts about this Mudra.
Definition – What is Pushan Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?
Pushan Mudra – Giver of good health or God of nutrition.
“Pushan“ is the Sanskrit term for ” One who feeds.” The Mudra is dedicated to Lord Surya (the Sun) because every living thing on Earth gets energy and nourishment through the Sun. Pushan Mudra stimulates the digestive fire, which helps us get energy and nourishment from our food.
This Mudra represents accepting and receiving with one hand, letting things flow with the other, and giving and letting go with each gesture.
Pushan Mudra is different from other hand Mudras that have both hands in the same position.
Vyan Mudra is where the index and middle fingers touch the thumbs with the right-hand fingers. This symbolizes acceptance or receiving.
Left-hand fingers are held in Apana Mudra (middle finger and ring finger touching thumb) to symbolize the elimination of the body.
They should work together in digestion. It can influence the energy currents responsible for digestion, absorption, and food utilization. It increases breathing, which in turn enhances the absorption and release of oxygen into the lungs. It relaxes the solar plexus, the stomach, the liver, and the gall bladder area. It is excellent at relieving nausea, flatulence, seasickness, general and acute nausea, and feeling full after eating.
The gesture of digestion or gesture of nourishment.
How to Do Pushan Mudra?
- You can start by sitting in any meditative posture.
- Technique in the right hand: The thumb, index, and middle fingers are placed on top of one another. Other fingers can be extended.
- Technique in the left hand: The thumb, middle finger, and ring fingers are placed on top of one another. All other fingers should be extended. Keep both fingers extended and in the Mudra position.
- A variation of Pushan Mudra is available for those who are weak. You can practice it by placing your right hand in Prana Mudra and your left hand in Apana Mudra.
- The gesture in the left hand of this Pushan Mudra variant is the same as the one described above (i.e., the Apana Mudra gesture). Fold the pinkie and ring fingers in your right hand to join them to the thumb. The index and middle fingers should be extended outwards. The rest fingers should remain as is.
- Prana Mudra is responsible for Prana Vayu, which is related to breathing. This variant of Pushan Mudra aids in proper breathing and has a remarkable impact on the nervous system.
Pushan Mudra Benefits
- Pushan Mudra is a good way to reap Vyan Mudra‘s or Apana Mudra‘s benefits.
- This Mudra can be used to treat high blood pressure or low blood pressure.
- This Mudra stimulates the solar plexus chakra (Manipura chakra) and the sacral chakra (Swadhisthana chakra).
- This Mudra is a blessing and boon for pregnant women.
- The disciplined practice and application of this Mudra will strengthen your heart.
- This Mudra reduces body temperature through sweating.
- This Mudra has been known to improve memory and concentration.
- Acupressure says that this Mudra is a pressure center for the gastric and respiratory tract. It also relieves indigestion, gas, acidity, and constipation. Pushan Mudra also removes urinary problems.
Pushan Mudra Precautions and Contraindications
- Make sure to build your practice gradually.
- Do not strain your hands or back.
When and how long to do Pushan Mudra?
- This Mudra can be used during meditation sessions.
- Focus on the breathing patterns that hold the Mudra.
- Keep your eyes closed and visualize the orange color. Then, focus on the sacral chakra.
- Last, you can also chant “vam” (vahm), the Bija mantra.
Mudras should be practiced for at least 45 minutes. Pushan Mudra should be practiced for at most 10-15 minutes per sitting. It should be practiced at least four times per day to make it effective.
Breathing in Pushan Mudra
- Focus on your breathing patterns.
Visualization in Pushan Mudra
Inhale energy as light. Allow the energy to expand and transform your body during the pause. Let the energy you have expended flow out of your body during exhalation. Every breath brings light and clarity to your physical and mental-emotional worlds.
Affirmation in Pushan Mudra
“I accept all that is good for my health, let it work within me, and let go of everything that is not.”
The Pushan Mudra is one of the most commonly used Mudras in yoga and meditation practices. It represents the nourishing and protecting aspects of the divine and can be used to promote feelings of security, grounding, and strength. The benefits of this Mudra extend beyond simply providing a sense of calm or focus during meditation; regular practice is said to improve digestion, increase immunity, reduce stress levels, and promote overall well-being. If you’re interested in learning more about this important aspect of yoga practice, consider signing up for our Mudras Certification Course. This comprehensive program will teach you all 108 Mudras, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into your yoga or meditation practice.