Pusha Nadi is one of the fourteen principal Nadis in Yoga, and also known as Pusa, Poosa, Poosaa, or Pushaa Nadi.
In general, the classical Yoga sources are rather divided about the locations and trajectory of Pusha Nadi, but the more common contemporary outlook is that Pusha starts in the Kanda and terminates in the right ear.
Nevertheless, some sources mention the left ear, right eye, or left eye as ending points, which may also be other intermediary points or endpoints of branches or extensions of Pusha.
Pusha Nadi is often mentioned together with Yashaswini Nadi, which is the reason why they’re frequently considered a complementary pair.
In the chart of Pusha Nadi displayed further below, we have taken the liberty to take the trajectory of the Thai Sen Energy Line Ulangka as our inspiration.
As it is, Sen Ulangka (which also terminates in the right ear) is by some practitioners in the Thai Massage community considered to be the Thai equivalent of Pusha Nadi.
Trajectory and Location of Pusha Nadi
Below then, you’ll find several descriptions of the trajectory and location of Pusha Nadi as found in classic Indian texts:
- Pusa is at the rear of Pingala (Darshana Upanishad);
- Pusa goes up to left eye by standing behind Pingala (Darshana Upanishad);
- Pusa and Yasasvini conduct through the openings of the ears (Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati);
- Pusa and Alambusa go [from the Kanda] to the ears (Yoga Shikha Upanishad);
- Poosaa ends in the right eye (Shandilya Upanishad);
- Pusa stands in the right ear (Yoga Chudamani Upanishad);
- Pusa and Yasasvini are the Nadis that originate from the same region and terminate at the left and right ears (Tri Sikhi Brahmana Upanishad);
- Pusha is in the right ear (Goraksha Samhita);
- Pusha is at the back of Pingala and extends on the right up to the eye (Yoga Yajnavalkya);
- Pusa is on the right side occupying behind Pingala upwards and up to the right eye (Vasistha Samhita);
- Pusa in the right ear, Yasasvini in the left ear (Shiva Swarodaya);
- Pusa, to Jnananandanatha, on the right eye (Bhavana Upanishad);
- Hail to the left thigh, Pusha, the Sakti coloring all (Bhavana Upanishad);
- Alambusa and Pusa reach the ears (Hatha Tattva Kaumudi).
Function of Pusha Nadi
Pusha Nadi is said to regulate the function of hearing, notably that of the right ear.