“[…] The Prana (tn: life force) is supposed to circulate in the human body through countless micro-channels called Nadis (see figure 1 for a traditional diagram used in the study of yoga and ayurvedic medicine). The main Nadis, however, are only three; the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna (2nd image).
They are not physical but they are traditionally associated with the spinal cord. The Ida starts at the base of the spine and ends at the left nostril. Flow through the Ida is upwards and has a pro-psychic tendency. The Pingala starts at the right nostril and ends at the base of the spine. Flow through the Pingala is downwards and has a pro-physical tendency. The Sushumna is a central channel opened through continued spiritual practice. Where the Ida and Pingala intersect the Sushumna, these points are the known Chakras. The free flow of pranic energy through the Sushumna is considered essential for self-realisation.”
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