Surya Mudra: Meaning, Benefits, and How to Do

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Learn how to do Surya Mudra with this step-by-step guide. And discover the meaning and the benefits of Surya Mudra.

Definition – What is Surya Mudra and its Meaning, References, and Mythology?

Every living thing on Earth depends on the sun for its sustainable energy. Yoga offers many ways to harness the sun’s energy within the body. Surya Mudra, one of the most effective ways to redirect sun energy, is one.

All yoga Mudras have benefits, some of which help to heal, and others treat health problems.

Surya Mudra, also known as ” Weight Loss Mudra,” is a daily practice that can improve the function of the abdominal organs.

Surya: Sanskrit word “Surya” means “Sun.”

Mudra: is a “hand gesture.”

That means Surya Mudra (finger arrangement) is a gesture that symbolizes the energy our bodies receive from sunlight. The Fire element also represents the energy of the sun. The Sanskrit word for fire is “Agni.” Hence Surya Mudra is also known as Every living thing on Earth depends on the sun for their sustainable energy. Yoga offers many ways to harness the sun’s energy within the body. Surya Mudra, one of the most effective ways to redirect sun energy, is one.

All yoga Mudras have benefits, some of which help to heal, and others treat health problems.

Alternate Name of Surya Mudra

Weight Loss Mudra.

How to Do Surya Mudra?

  • You can practice this while performing any Asana if you are comfortable doing so.
  • To perform this, start by sitting in a comfortable meditative posture (Sukhasana or Padmasana). Whichever posture you find comfortable while sitting is fine.
  • Keep your neck and spine comfortably erect.
  • Rest both of your palms comfortably on your knees.
  • Gently close your eyes.
  • Observe this dark space behind your eyes.
  • Witness your mind.
  • Breathe deeper and longer. With every passing breath, make your breathing even deeper.
  • Come into a sitting or meditative position. To touch the root of your thumb, bend your ring finger to the side. Your thumb should be pressing down on your ring finger. Allow other fingers to relax by extending your thumb.
  • Witness the power.
  • Witness your entire mind and body.

Surya Mudra Benefits

surya mudra benefits
  • Surya Mudra‘s ability to increase the fire element while decreasing the earth element aids in maintaining the body’s metabolism.
  • Surya Mudra raises body temperature and relieves cold-related problems like Dry skin/sore throat, painful joints, and flu.
  • To bring back your body’s appetite, an individual suffering from loss or Anorexia can use Surya Mudra.
  • A report by cdc.gov found that half of Americans want to lose weight. Surya Mudra, a simple way to lose weight in this chaotic world, is the best.
  • The thyroid gland is in the neck region. This area contains a space element that can cause hormonal imbalance. Surya Mudra balances the neck space element, making it an effective practice for the thyroid.
  • Tapas, one of the third niyamas in yoga, is the fire element. A person must be disciplined when eating snacks. You can use it to quickly improve your inner strength.
  • Deal with coldness in limbs The Surya Mudra assists with problems such as shivering and coldness in the body.
  • Lowers Cholesterol – This Mudra reduces cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels and thus lowers the chance of heart attack. Indirectly it is also believed that practicing this Mudra helps to cure diabetes.
  • Surya Mudra can benefit people suffering from leucoma, a condition affecting the eyes and vision.

Surya Mudra Precautions and Contraindications

surya mudra precautions

Yogic practices don’t have side effects. However, it is important to be cautious about improper or excessive practice.

  • Avoid Surya Mudra in summer as it produces a lot of heat.
  • Surya Mudra may cause fever. This Mudra can heat your body, so it is not advised to be practiced when you are ill.
  • To avoid heat build-up, make sure you practice the Mudra outdoors in summer.
  • Before you practice Mudra, drink a glass of water. It is a powerful technique that can cause dehydration.
  • Surya Mudra warns that heavy meals can cause excess heat to the body. Surya Mudra should not be practiced immediately after eating. Keep a 2-hour interval between meals. 
  • People who have lost weight should not do Surya Mudra for more than 45 minutes. This may cause further weight loss.

When and how long to do Surya Mudra?

  • When the outside heat is at its lowest, the best time to do Surya Mudra, although you can do it at other times, excessive heat may be produced in the body, as we have already explained.
  • Surya Mudra practice should be separated from heavy meals by at least 2 hours. Avoid heavy meals as they produce heat, and Surya Mudra may cause excessive heat production.

Surya Mudra should be practiced for at least 45 mins to see the best results. You can do it three times per day if you’re unable to hold your finger in the same position for 45 minutes. Each session will last 15 minutes.

Breathing in Surya Mudra

You can start practicing Surya Mudra with:

Visualization in Surya Mudra

  • Imagine a ray shining through the blue sky and making people feel at ease. It is incredible how the sun shines on everyone.
  • You will feel that your arms and legs grow longer. Your abdomen will feel warm. You will feel warm in your abdomen. Imagine that the city is filled with animals, mountains, and forests. Life shines from your eyes to the world.

Affirmation in Surya Mudra

I’m an energetic, energetic person. The universe’s power supports me every day. I exude the true me that I was given.”


The Surya Mudra is a Mudra, or hand gesture, that has numerous benefits. These benefits include improving digestion, reducing anxiety and depression, and increasing energy levels. If you are interested in learning more about the Surya Mudra and other Mudras, consider taking our Mudras Certification Course. This course will teach you all 108 Mudras, their benefits, and how to do them correctly.

Divyansh Sharma
Divyansh is Yoga, Meditation & Kinesiology Teacher who has been practicing Yoga and Meditation Since 2011. The Idea of correlating Yoga with Modern Sciences fascinates him the most & to feed his curiosity, he keeps on exploring new things every day. He has accomplished a Master's in Yogic Sciences, E-RYT-200, and RYT-500.


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