In traditional Indian medicine and yoga, it is believed that there are thousands of subtle energy channels (nadis) that run throughout the human body.
These nadis are believed to be responsible for the flow of prana (life force energy) and the functioning of the body’s organs and systems.
According to traditional Indian medicine, there are said to be 72,000 nadis in the human body, although some sources may suggest even more. These nadis are said to be like a network of channels that interconnect the body’s various energy centers (chakras) and allow the flow of prana to move through the body.
However, there are three primary nadis that are considered to be the most important. They are:
- Sushumna Nadi: This nadi runs from the base of the spine to the crown of the head and is considered to be the main energy channel in the body. The Sushumna Nadi is considered to be the main energy channel in the body and is believed to be responsible for spiritual enlightenment. It is said that when the kundalini energy rises up through this nadi, it can lead to the activation and awakening of the chakras, ultimately resulting in a state of spiritual awakening or enlightenment.
- Ida Nadi: This nadi is associated with the left side of the body and is said to be cooling and calming. It begins at the base of the spine and travels up to the left nostril.
- Pingala Nadi: This nadi is associated with the right side of the body and is said to be heating and energizing. It begins at the base of the spine and travels up to the right nostril.
Balancing and harmonizing the flow of energy through these nadis is considered to be important in achieving overall health and wellbeing in traditional Indian medicine and yoga practices.