Alambusha Nadi | Location, Trajectory, and Chart

Published: Jul 29, 2023 | Revised: Jan 21, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Alambusha Nadi | Location and Trajectory

Alambusha Nadi is one of the 14 major Nadis in Yoga, and is also written as Alambusa, Alamboosa, or Alampusa Nadi.

Most classical sources that discuss the principal Nadis claim that Alambusha Nadi ends in the mouth and/or in the anus, although some say it continuous to the ears, suggesting that Alambusha and Pusha Nadi are a complementary pair.

Nevertheless, in general, one can assert that Alambusha Nadi is centered in (or just below) the navel area (Kanda), with extensions to both the mouth and the anus, where either the mouth or alternatively the anus is seen as the main termination point.

Trajectory and Locations of Alambusha Nadi

Alambusha Nadi - Trajectory

Below a description of the several trajectories and termination points found in the ancient scriptures:

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  • Alambusa extends up to the anus from the middle of the knot of the navel (Darshana Upanishad);
  • Alambusa courses through the mouth (Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati);
  • In the center of the navel is Alambusa (Shandilya Upanishad);
  • Alambusa goes upwards and downwards from the root of the anus (Shandilya Upanishad);
  • Pusa and Alambusa go [from the Kanda] to the ears (Yoga Shikha Upanishad);
  • Alambusa stands in the mouth (Yoga Chudamani Upanishad);
  • Alambusa heads downwards and terminates at the anus (Tri Sikhi Brahmana Upanishad);
  • Alambhusha is in the mouth (Goraksha Samhita);
  • Alambusha is below the center of the Kandasthana and extends downwards to the bottom of the anus region (Yoga Yajnavalkya);
  • Alambusa is situated below the center of Kanda (Vasistha Samhita );
  • Alambusa is in the left part stretching downwards from the lower part of the anus (Vasistha Samhita);
  • Alambusa is in the mouth (Shiva Swarodaya);
  • Alambusa and Pusa reach the ears (Hatha Tattva Kaumudi);
  • Alambusha, to Subhaganandanatha, on the anus (Bhavana Upanishad);
  • Hail to the middle part of the forehead, Alambusha Nadi, the Sakti bewildering all (Bhavana Upanishad).

Function of Alambusha Nadi

It’s thought that Alambusha Nadi gives energy to the internal organs that digest food and eliminate waste and as such serves for excretion and detoxification of the body.

Considering the above one would perhaps favor a main termination point in the anus, rather than in the mouth.

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