Vishnu Mudra for Nadi Shodhana also known as Nose Seal

Vishnu Mudra - Nose Seal

Jack Utermoehl

Vishnu Mudra (Vish-noo) "Naśīka Mudra" (Nah-shee-ka) - Nose Seal

Vishnu mudra, often used in pranayama like alternate nostril breathing, serves as a vital hand gesture to manage the flow of air through the nostrils.

Named after Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe, this mudra embodies his role in maintaining the universal dream and is essential in practices used for balancing the mental, physical, and spiritual energies.

Vishnu mudra is often referred to as Nasika mudra which means "nose seal" because the mudra is used to seal the nostrils at the ends of the nadis Ida and Pingala.

Vishnu Mudra Nose Seal Closeup of Mudra

Instructions

  1. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with a straight spine.
  2. Open the palm of your right hand facing you.
  3. Fold the index and middle fingers into the palm, touching your thumb mound.
  4. Keep the ring and little fingers extended, upright.
  5. Use the thumb to gently press against your right nostril and the ring and little fingers against your left nostril.
  6. The left hand can rest on the thigh in any other mudra you feel called to.

Benefits

  • Enhances respiratory function.
  • Balances left and right brain hemispheres.
  • Supports mental clarity and calm.
  • Energizes the body's lower energy centers.

When to Practice

  • During pranayama sessions such as Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) and Surya Bhedana.
  • Before meditation to stabilize the mind and body.

Duration: 5-15 minutes per session

Best Time of Day: Morning or before meditation

Contraindications

None

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Vishnu Mudra Nose Seal for Nadi Shodhana Jack Utermoehl in Meditation

Personal Insights

I was introduced to Vishnu mudra early in my practice. What I found so fascinating was how it felt natural to hold and manage my breath with this 'claw' like hand shape. Later learning that I'm regulating more than just my breath through my nose but the prana through Ida and Pingala really changed my practice.

I began to focus less on the sensation of air and more on the sensation of energy in my body.

Feeling prana enter and exit like sun and moon shining on me with each breath. Sun for Pingala, the right nostril. And Moon for Ida, the left nostril. In fact, I began visualizing the Sun and Moon energy entering my body with each inhale, swirling in my solar plexus as inhale transitions to exhale, releasing that energy back into the world around me.

I love Vishnu mudra and I highly recommend its use.

I later found some people breaking Vishnu mudra to place their index and middle finger on their third eye. This seems to activate the egoic mind in my practice. Energetically we want to close off the flow of energy through the index (Jupiter) and middle (Saturn) finger rather than activate the third eye with it. Your mileage may vary.

Let me know in the comments below your own experience!

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