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#28daysofyin Day 15 - Approaching to the ida and pingala nadis

#28daysofyin Day 15 - Approaching to the ida and pingala nadis

#28daysofyin and we're looking at the ida and pingala nadis, balancing them with a twist. The series so far has mostly looked at TCM and the meridian system, but yoga has its own explanation of the energetically of the body, and it's very relevant to the conversation we've been having. In my mind, these two systems are describing the same thing, just with different language (like how all religions ultimately point to the same thing [at their essence] when we strip away the dogma. Po-tay-toe, pot-ah-toe, you know? So these nadis (thinks yogic meridians - the Sanskrit word nad [from which we get nadi] means flow) flow alongside of the spine (kind of like our Urinary Bladder meridian). The Sanskrit word nadi derives from the root nad, which means “flow,” “motion,” or “vibration.” The word itself suggests the fundamental nature of a nadi: to flow like water, finding the path of least resistance and nourishing everything in its path. The nadis are our energetic irrigation system; in essence, they keep us alive. Depending on who you ask there can be up to 72,000 nadis...lets just avoid that argument and say there are many! They're like the water courses on the surface of our Mama Earth - some are little streams, some are big, strong rivers (meridians) and they're all charging us with prana (or Qi or chi or Ki or ... You get the idea!) every moment, provided they're in flow. Some texts say the Ida and pingala spiral, like a double helix, around the spine. Others say the run alongside. In my experience it's the latter, but I'm not going to say that's absolute...experience I for yourself and see. The ida nadi begins and ends on the left side of the body. Ida is regarded as the lunar nadi, that is, Yin, cool and nurturing by nature, and is said to control all mental processes and the more feminine aspects of our personality.>>>

>>>Pingala, the solar nadi, Yang, begins and ends to the right of the body. It is warm and stimulating by nature, controls all vital somatic processes, and oversees the more masculine aspects of our personality. The interaction between ida and pingala corresponds to the internal dance between intuition and rationality, awareness and power, and the right and left brain hemispheres. In everyday life, one of these nadis is always dominant. Although this dominance alternates throughout the day, one nadi tends to be ascendant more often and for longer periods than the other. This results in personality, behavior, and health issues that can be called ida-like or pingala-like. Pay attention to your breath throughout the day - if you're breathing through the right nostril, chances are you're having a Yang experience, left, a more chill Yin one. Thinking? Right. Yin yoga? Left! You'll naturally alternate between right and left about every 90 mins when in balance. Cool, huh? Ha-tha yoga (which we're all practicing when we move our bodies despite yoga jargon) is the Union of these two forces - the squiggly line between the two hemispheres in the yin-yang symbol, the moment the sun exhales and the moon inhales. But think about it, it's always in flow, right? So no need to latch on to the moment, to try and grasp at permanence. Just keep breathing, the sun will inhale again and the moon will exhale, and we'll keep dancing the dance. Twists helps us to learn to tango, I reckon. Give a little here, take a little there.>>>

>>>This one is pretty simple, but not always easy. Rest your bent knee on something if you need support (block, pillow, bolster, friend, lover, pet - ask permission first, hey?). Basically, you lie on your back, bend your right knee (or your left, it really doesn't matter) and roll it to the left side, towards the floor. Maybe it'll get there, maybe it won't. There's always your props there. I like to take my right arm out like a big wing and breathe through the front of my right shoulder, cos my pecs get tight! If you keep your right knee high and wiggle around a little and try to get your whole back on the ground-ish, it'll be more localised in the upper back. If you keep your right knee a little low of the hip, it'll be more around the lumbar spine (low back). As a general rule, though you're all special snowflakes, so see what feels good for you. Head god where you like. Yogis choice! Have a play, then stay still for 3-5 mins each side. Mm. Enjoy unravelling and just rest for a moment before you do the other side, notice the difference right to left. Good way to learn to feel the effects of the pose. I reckon it's interesting to pay attention to which side is 'tighter' in you, chances are you'll have trouble expressing the qualities related to that side's energetics. In my body my left side is tighter, and that would definitely apply for me. Check it out for you and see. Much love. #twist #yoga #yogaforall #nadis #ida #pingala

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