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Water flows down a channel, at office, a proposal has to pass through a hierarchy similarly there are channels through which energies flow in our bodies.
From the Yoga standpoint, 3 Nadis are extremely crucial:
1. Ida Nadi: represents moon, it calms down our nerves
2. Pida Nadi: symbolizes sun, propels activity
3. Sushumna Nadi: signifies spirituality, awakens consciousness
All of us have different personalities. While some of us are short tempered (do more of yoga) 🙂 , others are more relaxed. Beside, our general personality characteristics, the Nadis too play an active role in determining our moods, state of activity etc.
For instance, Ida Nadi lies in the left nostril and is most active at night during sleep i.e. no movement. We breathe more through the left nostril. Pingala occupies the right side of nostril and is live and kicking during the daytime when we are performing our daily tasks. Sushumna Nadi lies in the spine. It is only when Ida & Pingala become balanced, Sushumna gets activated and all 3 of them meet at the Mooladhara chakra in a deep meditative state.
Interestingly, Ida is connected to the right hemisphere of our brain and that’s how it makes way for more creativity, artistic and emotional bent of mind. Pingala is connected to the left hemisphere of our brain, is more logical and mathematical. So now I know, which Nadi works more in Scientists:)
Closing one nostril and breathing through the other, activates the breath accordingly. Should you feel angry, stressed then close the right nostril and consciously deep breathe through the left. Similarly, if the Tamas trait is overpowering you then do only the right nostril breathing. Recommended strokes (minimum 11 or 21)
I did touch upon the power of Mudras in my earlier blog; Mudras are essentially the psychic locks through which we try to block / stop dissipation of energy from our body.
It is believed that when we make the Gyan & Chin mudras, we conserve the energy of open nerves in our palms. While, Nasagra Mudra focuses in the center of eyebrow (the agni chakra or the third eye) and channelizes all energy towards our third eye.
There are predominantly three types of Mudras:
Gyan Mudra or the circuit of knowledge
Chin Mudra or the circuit of consciousness
Nasagra Mudra or the nose tip
Have you ever paused and thought why is it that some of us are always full of energy, up for almost everything, while some of us are lazy, find excuses or procrastinate. There might be some innate body philosophy behind it. Something similar, rather a strong resemblance to the Doshas (Pitta, Kapha & Vat) are the three Gunas or qualities present in us.
- Sattva Guna: a person with sattvic bent of personality believes in every religion, is peaceful and intelligent by nature and possesses an abundance of knowledge. People of this orient are considered to be good and resourceful teachers. However, Sattva tends to bind a person with attachment to happiness.
- Rajas Guna: people high on the Rajas quotient are quite aggressive, intelligent and are attached to activity. It is rare that a Rajas person will sit idle. With a fire in their bellies, the young and aspiring minds want to achieve the best of everything.
- Tamas Guna: carelessness, non-responsiveness, killing time are few of the characteristics which can be identified with Tamasic Guna. People of this nature are attached to lethargy and dullness.
Interestingly, the Three Gunas cannot exist in isolation by themselves – they co-exist. So, there are days when we feel super energetic or just don’t want to leave that bed. Some days are pure peaceful and relaxing.
The existence level of these Gunas also gets affected by the food we consume. Sattvic diet (quite prevalent in India) is typically balanced on spices, light and clear. Rajasic food is high on oil and spices whereas the Tamasic food has a sedative effect on our body and mind (cooked food kept overnight before consumption)
There are many schools of thought on the three types of food which categorize most of the foods and fruits under either of the three. I recommend consulting a Doctor / Diet Expert before bringing any major changes to your diet.
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The popular Matsyendrasana or the full spinal twist pose is dedicated to the great Yogi Matsyendranath who founded the Hatha Yoga. It is believed that Lord Shiva first revealed about the magnanimous world of yoga to Goddess Parvati. Incidentally, this story was overheard by a crocodile who died and was reborn as Yogi Matsyendranath, he later spread the knowledge of Hatha Yoga through Gorakshnath. Interesting 🙂
Benefits of Full spinal twist pose:
- It tones nerves of the spine
- relieves lumbago and muscular spasms
- alleviates digestive ailments
- regulates the secretion of the adrenal gland, liver and pancreas, and is beneficial for the kidneys
- also aids in curving that waistline 🙂
** The versions depicted above are based on a Yogini’s ability to attain a comfortable posture. Both have almost the equivalent effects on the body.
The Nasagra Mudra is always made with the right hand because as per the Pranic energy level, right hand means giving and aids in controlling the breath of the nostrils while the left hand symbolizes taking or receiving the energy.