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What are Nadis? (7200 Nadis Explained)

What are Nadis? (7200 Nadis Explained)

Have you ever been curious about what makes your body so unique? What if I told you there’s something that runs through your physical and energetic system, connecting your entire being? This is where Nadis come in.

There are 7200 Nadis weaving throughout our bodies, and these vital channels are the pathways through which energy is transported to and from the major chakras. In this article, we’ll discuss what Nadis are, how they work, and why they’re so important for maintaining health and well-being.

If you’re interested to learn more about how these mysterious energy pathways can help boost overall vitality then read on!

What Do We Mean by Nadis?

From the ancient Vedic culture of India comes the knowledge of Nāḍis. Nadis are energy channels or pathways in the subtle body. They bring prana (life force energy), somtimes referred to as Kundalini, to the various organs of the physical body. Generally speaking, Nadis are invisible threads made up of cosmic energy that keep our energetic bodies in balance.

In Sanskrit, Nadi means wave and is often visualized as a river of pranic energy coursing through the body. Through these pathways or conduits, we experience reality on a sensory level. Maintaining healthy Nadis is essential to the pursuit of vibrant health and well-being.

The practice of yoga involves stimulating these pathways via breathwork, posture, and meditation helping us to awaken our potential. This is why Nadis are considered a form of divine communication as they can act as pathways for powerful transformation from within. 

Kundalini body map
Kundalini Body Map

How Many Nadis Are There?

Spiritual experts believe that there are around 72,000 Nadis flowing through the body – a vast and intricate system! Besides connecting different parts of the body, these channels also interact with the chakras or energy centers within each person.

Nadis flow to and from all the major, minor and micro chakras that make up the 114 chakras map. Typically we tend to focus on 3 major Nadis as they are thought to be the main conduits for the energy flowing through our major chakras. 

Through meditation and mindfulness practices, we can open up these life-force channels to increase our health and vitality on all levels. So what do we mean by Nadis? Put simply, they are the pathways which make up our energy anatomy and support an optimal life.

What Are the 3 Main Nadis?

The three main Nadis, or energy channels in the body, are Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna. These three pathways form a network of subtle energy that flows through the body and carries prana to every part of our being.

The three Nadis cross at the base of the spine at the Root Chakra (or Muladhara) and again at the top of the spinal column at the Throat Chakra (or Vishuddi).

As we move along this path, our consciousness is opened up to higher levels of awareness and healing. The three Nadis are at the heart of many yogic practices, from pranayama to meditation.

By understanding the importance of each Nadi and exploring ways to open them up, we can increase our overall well-being and open ourselves up to a deeper connection with the divine.

Ida Nadi

Ida Nadi is the left-hand energy channel. It’s often associated with the moon and feminine energy, and its qualities are cool and soothing. It’s said to represent the cooling effects of water, calming down the heat of Pingala Nadi (which we’ll discuss below).

This channel also helps us to explore our subtle emotions and develop a spiritual connection with life. This is why the Ida is associated with compassion, intuition, and creativity. Ida Nadi flows through the left side of the spine, connecting all seven chakras along its path.

Ida Nadi is associated with the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us to relax and recuperate. This energy channel helps to foster a sense of peace, harmony and balance in our lives. By awakening this spiritual force within ourselves we can open up new pathways of communication with the soul, allowing us to access deeper states of consciousness.

Pingala Nadi

Pingala Nadi is the right-hand energy channel. It’s related to the sun and masculine energy, and its qualities are warm and energizing. Associated with fire, this channel encourages us to take action in life and be more assertive. Pingala is also said to help us overcome emotional blocks by bringing in new energies and stimulating our ego.

This channel flows through the right side of the spine and connects each of the seven chakras on its path. It helps to even out energy levels throughout the body, which can help us feel balanced and energized on all levels.

Pingala Nadi is associated with the sympathetic nervous system, which helps us to become decisive and take action. By working with this energy channel we can tap into our inner power and embrace assertiveness in life.

Sushumna Nadi

The third major nadi is called Sushumna Nadi, or Central Channel. This passes along the centerline of the spine and acts as a bridge between Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi – connecting their opposing forces into one unified whole-body experience.

Sushumna Nadi is associated with the autonomic nervous system, which helps us to regulate and integrate our physical, mental energy and emotional energies. By working with this channel we can experience a greater sense of unity and become more attuned to our higher self. This can lead to profound transformation on all levels – from physical healing to spiritual awakening.

The 7 Chakras and their physical and emotional manifestations
The 7 Chakras and their physical and emotional manifestations

By balancing out Ida and Pingala and strengthening Sushumna Nadi, we can experience deeper peace, clarity, and vitality – all of which are essential for spiritual growth. By staying mindful of our nadis and engaging in practices that strengthen them, we can increase our overall health, well-being, and connection with the divine.

Through this understanding of the three main Nadis in the body – Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna – we can come closer to unlocking our highest potential in life.

It’s only with a clear and open Nadi system that we can truly experience the joys of living an enlightened life. So, take some time to explore your inner landscape, get to know your Nadis, and find ways to keep them balanced and energized.

How Do the Nadis Affect the Chakras?

The Nadis are the channeling through which spiritual energy flows. They act like pathways that connect the chakras, providing them with vital energy. As this energy travels through the Nadis, it allows the human body and its systems to become energized and balanced.

This life-force energy is sent throughout the physical body to all its cells and ultimately, it permeates every part of our being – heart, mind, body and spirit. It is believed that when any one of the seven primary chakras becomes blocked or unbalanced due to stress or trauma, this can block the prana energy flow through the Nadis.

It is therefore vital to keep your Nadis active in order to keep your chakras open and balanced. 

How to Open Your Nadis

Opening your Nadis is the key to unlocking the full potential of your mind, body, and spirit. There are lots of different ways you can open your Nadis, but a simple meditation practice can sometimes be the most powerful.

Here is a simple meditation flow for your Nadis: 

1. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position, with your spine erect and your head, neck, and shoulders relaxed. Make sure you are warm enough.

2. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths and feel your body relax. As you exhale, visualize any tension or stress leaving your body as a white light.

3. Bring your awareness to the Nadis in your body—the energy channels that circulate life force energy (prana). Visualize these channels opening up like lotus petals blooming in the sun’s light.

4. Mentally scan through all of the areas of the body where Nadis are located such as the crown of the head, temples, forehead, throat, heart and solar plexus. Allow yourself to sense the vibration of energy. You could visualize a flow of waves radiating from each area.

5. Once your mind is fully attuned, focus on one particular Nadi at a time and allow its energy to expand. Visualize this energy as colorful light that moves through your entire body. This will break down blockages in the pathways leading to a better circulation of prana throughout your being.

6. To finish, take three more deep breaths and move your awareness back up towards the crown of your head before slowly bringing yourself back into the present moment. 

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Chakra meditation tools
Chakra meditation tools

How to Practice Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, which translates as alternate nostril breathing, is another ancient practice that is often used to clear and purify the flow of energy through the Nadis. Regular practice has numerous mental benefits such as reduced stress levels, improved concentration, and better memory function.

Follow these steps to carry out Nadi Shodhana:

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your back and neck straight. Close your eyes.
  • Connect to the breath by taking a deep inhale followed by a slow exhalation.
  • Form a Vishnu Mudra with your right hand (mudras are powerful hand gestures). To do this curl your index and middle finger towards the palm of your right hand and keep the other three fingers straight. 
  • Use your right thumb to close your right nostril and at the same time inhale through your left nostril.
  • Then use your ring finger to close your left nostril so that both nostrils are closed. Pause when you have taken a full inhale.
  • Then open your right nostril and let your breath release slowly through the right side. Pause briefly before inhaling slowly through your right side. Feel the breath rise up your body to fill your whole being.
  • Hold both nostrils closed again using your thumb and ring finger.
  • Open your left nostril and breathe out slowly on your left side.
  • Repeat this cycle up to ten times. Focus on the flow of energy each breath moves through your Nadis. If your mind wanders, keep bringing it back to the breath.

Benefits of Nadi Shodhana Practice

Nadi Shodhana is believed to be an effective tool for reducing blockages or imbalances in the Nadis because our breath is closely linked to our energetic anatomy. Prana is in fact often referred to as breath or respiration. 

The practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama has numerous emotional benefits. Studies have shown that it can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia while increasing clarity, focus, and overall well-being.

On a physical level, regular practice can also improve digestion, boost immunity, regulate hormones and circulation, and even reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Nadi Shodhana also brings spiritual benefits, including greater connectivity with yourself and the Universe. It helps you to access deeper levels of understanding, intuition, creativity, and even wisdom that can be applied in all areas of life.

How to do Nadi Shodhana
How to do Nadi Shodhana

Using Yoga and Meditation to Balance the Nadis

Yoga and meditation have been used all over the world for centuries as tools to create inner harmony, and they are particularly relevant for supporting the Nadis.

Yoga and meditation can be used to release tensions in our body that block Nadi flow. Simply put, when we practice focusing on our breath while stretching our muscles, they become open releasing emotional blocks and facilitating a freer energetic exchange within us.

Practices such as Agni Sara, Surya Namaskar, Anulom Vilom Pranayama, Uddiyana Bandha Kriya, have deep energetic benefits that help stimulate the Nadis. When paired with meditation they make an amazing combination that works positively on your whole being to bring balance from within.

If you are looking to tap into your higher consciousness, balance your Nadis and open up new levels of awareness – then yoga and meditation could be just what you need. With regular practice, these two modalities can become powerful tools for long-term physical and psychological well-being.

Final Thoughts

A Nadi is an energy channel in the body through which prana (life force) flows. There are said to be over 7200 Nadis in the body, each with a specific function. The main three Nadis are responsible for the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of our being. By understanding and supporting these energy channels, we can improve our health and well-being on all levels.

The practice of Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing technique) is one way to open and balance our Nadis. It can help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia while increasing clarity, focus, and overall well-being. Yoga practice and meditation are also great practices for helping to restore balance within the Nadis.

Author

  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.