Pushan Mudra (digestive gesture): process, variant, profit
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Wave goodbye to all of your digestive troubles by practicing Pushan Mudra – a simple yoga hasta mudra that evokes internal digestive fires.
Pushan Mudra is meant to get nourishment from the food we eat. At the same time, it improves and balances the digestive system to make digestion easier.
Improved benefits of this mudra are obtained when practiced with meditation that focuses on the breathing pattern.
In addition to the physiological benefits, this hand movement offers practitioners energetic and therapeutic benefits.
Pushan Mudra meaning
The Sanskrit term "pushan" refers to "one who nourishes". For this reason, the mudra is dedicated to Lord Surya (the sun), as every organism on earth draws energy and food from the sun.
Holding Pushan Mudra stirs the internal digestive fire to regulate the nourishment and energy from foods, hence the name.
It is also known as the gesture of digestion or the gesture of nutrition.
In contrast to other hand mudras, in which both hands are held in a similar position, in the Pushan mudra both hands are held in different positions.
- The right fingers are held in the Vyan mudra (index and middle fingers touching the thumb), which symbolizes receiving or accepting.
- The fingers of the left hand are held in the Apana Mudra (middle and ring fingers touch the thumb), which symbolizes the body's elimination process.
By maintaining a balance between “what goes into our body, i. H. Food we eat (acceptance) ”and“ what comes out (elimination process) ”Pushan Mudra ensures better digestion. The effectiveness of digestion is further enhanced when practiced in Vajrasana after eating.
In addition to digestion, this special variant of the Pushan Mudra generates heat in the body and removes excess water. In this way a combination of right hand (acceptance) and left hand (elimination) activates the manipura chakra and treats problems with reflux and belching.
Pushan Mudra Procedure
- Sit in Padmasana, Virasana, or Sukhasana with your eyes closed.
- Place your hands on your knees, palms up.
- Take a few deep breaths.
- On the right side – Move your index and middle fingers to touch their tips with the tip of your thumb. Pull the ring and little finger outwards. It's called Vyan Mudra.
- On the left – Roll your middle and ring fingers to touch the tip of your thumb. It's called Apana Mudra. Point your index finger and pinky fingers outward.
- Hold both hand fingers in the respective mudra position and concentrate on the navel chakra.
Duration of the exercise
Usually mudras are practiced for an effective duration of 45 minutes. However, in one session one should practice Pushan Mudra for at least 10-15 minutes. It must be practiced 4 times a day to be effective.
It is also recommended to practice Vajrasana after a meal.
Tips to improve practice
- Practice this mudra during meditative sessions.
- Focus on the breathing patterns that are holding the mudra.
- With your eyes closed, imagine the orange color and focus on the sacral chakra.
- Finally, you can also chant the Bija mantra “vam” (vahm).
Pushan Mudra variant
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There is a variation of the Pushan Mudra, especially for people who are weak. It is practiced by holding the right hand in Prana Mudra and the left hand in Apana Mudra.
In this variant of the Pushan Mudra, the left hand gesture remains the same as described in the steps above (i.e., Apana Mudra gesture). In your right hand, fold the ring and little fingers to connect their tips with your thumb. Hold the rest of the fingers, i.e. H. The index and middle fingers, stretched outwards.
Since Prana Mudra takes care of Prana Vayu, which is related to breathing, this variant of Pushan Mudra supports proper breathing and thus has a remarkable effect on the nervous system.
Benefits of Pushan Mudra
- Holding Pushan Mudra for a few minutes every day improves digestion constantly.
- It is also helpful in maintaining the body's metabolism.
- It offers relaxation to the body.
- It helps in removing the energetic blockages and toxins from the body.
- It stimulates the solar plexus (Manipura Chakra) and the sacral chakra (Swadhisthana).
- It relaxes and improves the efficiency of the liver, stomach, pancreas and gallbladder.
- Practicing this mudra together with the second variant activates the root chakra around the pelvic region. This energy from the pelvic floor muscles increases to reach the brain and increase neural activity, thereby benefiting the brain.
- This mudra helps energize the body and lift the mood.
- This mudra increases memory and the ability to concentrate.
- Because it is practiced with conscious breathing, it improves the lungs' capacity to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Hence, it improves the respiratory system.
- It has healing effects on nausea, gas, constipation, gas, and acidity.
This simple asymmetrical hand movement affects the three life forces of the body, i. H. Prana, Samana and Apana Vayu. It reflects the importance of Pushan Mudra.
Practice pushan mudra to lead an active and healthy life. It acts as a panacea to solve all of your digestive problems and brings various physical and mental benefits.
The next time you sit down to meditate or relax after a heavy meal, remember to practice pushan mudra.