(Also: nabho-mudra)

  • "The heaven seal".
  • The position of the tongue on the upper palate, recommended for breathing exercises and concentration. In the Gheranda-samhita, nabha-mudra is described as follows:

"Wherever the yogi is and whatever he does, he must always keep his tongue (turned) up and hold his breath. This is nabha-mudra, keeping away sickness from yogi. (3.9.)"

There are several types of nabha-mudra.


Touching of the hard palate directly above the upper gum with the tip of the tongue. It closes the contour of the circulation of prana-vayu - the force of air, which is of key importance for the overall control of the processes occurring in the subtle body.


Touching the tip of the tongue of the hard palate in the place where it passes into the soft palate. It is used in the practice of mudras and pranayamas.

Jala- or soma-dhara-nabha-mudra

Touching the soft palate as close as possible to the pharynx. It is used in practice pranayamas and meditation techniques.

A list of the main mudras can be found here.