Meet your new love: The Hindu Pushup

Aug 09, 2019

If you’ve watched many videos on our YouTube channel you may know that I am a fan of the Hindu Pushup. To me, the Hindu Pushup is an invigorating movement that offers neurological strengthening effects, muscular strength and endurance, joint health and spinal health, and emotional health. It is a good movement for both the inside and the outside. 

How can the Hindu Pushup offer so much benefit? Well, it’s a reset for one.

It encourages a good breathing pattern and it is a tremendous vestibular system stimulator, especially if you lead the movement with the eyes and head. It also coordinates the movement of all four limbs in a rhythmic, wave-like fashion. It’s a dance, really. But right off the bat, we can see that the Hindu Pushup honors all Three Pillars of Human Movement: 

  1. It encourages good diaphragmatic breathing – especially if you already practice that.
  2. It activates the vestibular system through head control.
  3. It engages in a contra-lateral pattern much like rocking does. 

The Hindu Pushup also increases muscular strength and endurance as it requires one to learn control of their own body and leads to mastery of movement and movement efficiency. It can even be done most every day due to the rejuvenating effects it has on the nervous system. You may start out only able to do 5 or 10 in a row, but with a little practice you can easily work up to 20, 50, or even 100 repetitions without stopping. 

Another great benefit is the range of motion the Hindu Pushup takes the joints through the shoulders, hips, wrist, neck, and spine all get to dance through full ranges of motion moving from nearly full flexion to full extension. The joints get used and lubricated in a gentle manner with this movement and it helps to keep them very healthy. 

Best of all, the Hindu Pushup, once you can perform it with ease, feels beautiful. Yes, it feels as beautiful as it looks. This might seem weird, but this movement feels like poetry, like a gentle ocean wave. It feels good to perform physically and emotionally. It is as calming as a gentle ocean wave but it also has all the subtle and hidden power of an ocean wave. A body that can flow in wave-like fashion is a body that can produce power. A body that can flow in wave-like fashion is also a body that can enjoy a mind full of peace and freedom. 

Anyway, this movement is powerful, it’s beautiful, and it’s restorative. If you’ve never tried it, it’s worth exploring. I’ll leave some videos here in case you want to see what it looks like. But do yourself a favor and dance with it. It’s worth it. If you do give it a go, please check back in and let me know what you discover. 

Comments (2)

  1. Greg:
    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    I'm curious, how is this movement, and rocking in general, engaging in contra-lateral movement? I thought contra-lateral movement required moving opposite side limbs in coordination. Is it contra-lateral if all limbs are moving simultaneously?


  2. Tim Anderson:
    Aug 13, 2019 at 05:29 PM

    Greg, it's sneaky. The opposite limbs are moving together in coordination. ;)


Add a Comment

Allowed tags: <b><i><br>Add a new comment: