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Exploring Ida and Pingala Nadis and the Seven Chakras



Ida Nadi:

  • Ida is one of the two major energy channels (nadis) in the body, the other being pingala.

  • Ida is associated with the moon, the feminine energy, and the left side of the body.

  • It governs the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's rest and relaxation response.

  • It is said to begin at the base of the spine and wind its way up to the left nostril.

Pingala Nadi:

  • Pingala is the other major energy channel (nadi) in the body, alongside ida.

  • It is associated with the sun, the masculine energy, and the right side of the body.

  • It governs the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's fight or flight response.

  • It is said to begin at the base of the spine and wind its way up to the right nostril.

Shusumna Nadi


  • Sushumna nadi is the central energy channel in the body, running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.

  • It is considered the main channel for the flow of kundalini energy, a potent spiritual energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine.

  • Sushumna nadi is flanked on either side by two other energy channels, ida and pingala nadi, which cross over each other at various points along the spine.

  • The activation and balance of sushumna nadi is said to be crucial for spiritual growth, as it allows for the free flow of prana (life force energy) throughout the body and helps to awaken kundalini energy.

  • Practices such as yoga, pranayama, and meditation are said to help activate and balance sushumna nadi.

  • When sushumna nadi is fully activated, it is said to lead to higher states of consciousness, spiritual awakening, and enlightenment.

Chakras: