Concept behind Nadi Shodhana Pranayam – My Overview

Article by Shailja Kapur

All human beings possess feminine and masculine expressions in their traits. According to yogic science, it is the way human body is designed by the Creator, the Absolute.

In the concept of traditional Chinese medicine, it is the Yin-Yang element of the human body.
Yogic science describes the presence of numerous subtle energy channels which governs the flow of the energy in the body.

The blockages in these energy channels create an impact on the attitude and overall health of the person. One of the best breathing techniques (Pranayam) to remove blockages from these energy channels is the Nadi Shodhana Pranayam. It is one of the breathing techniques that help to balance the flow of Universal Life Force Energy in our body.

Nadi Shodhana Pranayam (Alternate Nostril Breathing), the term itself indicates its meaning. It is derived from the Sanskrit word Nadi which means energy channels, Shodhan means purification and Pranayam is a breathing technique.

This Pranayam not only helps to improve the respiratory and circulatory system but also heals anxiety, depression, and stress. It significantly helps to centre ourselves. In Yogic concept, it brings balance to the chakras, the subtle energy channels and thus the awakening of the kundalini energy.

Nadi Shodhana Pranayam

How it works?

An ancient Yoga text, Shiva Samhita describes the presence of numerous subtle energy channels in the body. Ida, Pingla and Sushumna are the three most important ones.

Ida Nadi

Ida Nadi is the left energy pathway which is related to the feminine Moon Energy. It is channeled by the left nostril and governed by the right hemisphere of the brain, which controls emotions and memories. It affects the parasympathetic nervous system. It is the Yin energy in the traditional Chinese medicine.

Pingla Nadi

Pingla Nadi is the right energy pathway which is related to the masculine Sun Energy. It is channeled by the right nostril and governed by the left hemisphere of the brain, which controls logical thinking and intellect. It affects the sympathetic nervous system. It is the Yang energy in the traditional Chinese medicine.

Sushumna Nadi

Sushumna Nadi is the subtle central energy pathway which connects the Root chakra (Muladhara chakra) to the Crown chakra (Sahasrara chakra). In the physical aspect, it passes through the spinal cord.
Generally, this energy channel is in dormant state but the regular practicing of the Nadi Shodhana Pranayam with full faith and devotion influences the flow of Universal Life Force Energy within the body and thus making the Prana to enter the Sushumna Nadi.

The flow of Prana in the central energy pathway may lead to the awakening of the kundalini energy.
The kundalini energy moves freely from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and comes back to the base again.
The awakening of the kundalini and by living the life with Yogic principles can lead to the path of Enlightenment.
This technique plays a major role in balancing between the brain hemispheres thus balancing the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system.

Practice Nadi Shodhan Pranayam and experience the difference!

All these practices must be learned from Yoga Guru, teacher or practitioner.

I bow at the lotus feet of my “Guru Ji” for his divine guidance and blessings.

Shailja Kapur
Shailja Kapur

Shailja Kapur is a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Healer. She got passion for various Reiki practices and other healing modalities. She also practices Candle Healing, Distant Healing, Crystal Healing, Dowsing, Magnified Healing, Yoga and Guided Meditation. She always felt a strong connection with Reiki. She had started practicing Reiki since her childhood without knowing what she used to do is called Reiki. As possibilities are endless with Reiki, her enthusiasm to experiment Reiki and share her experiences with the world. She believes self- purification, self-dedication and selflessness enhances your Reiki experiences. Shailja can be reached via her e-mail address divinereikiblessings@gmail.com.

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