How to Activate Sushumna Nadi for Meditation?

How to Activate Sushumna Nadi for Meditation?

Sushumna Nadi

Sushumna Nadi Awakening - Secrets of Kundalini Yoga Practices

Kundalini is the original source of all life, but you are cut off from it in so many ways. Then you become an outsider to yourself and you do not know how to come back home. This coming back is the science of yoga. As far as human transformation is concerned, kundalini yoga is the subtlest science. - Osho

The yoga texts say Sushumna Nadi passes along with the core of the spinal cord. It exists in the astral plane and doesn't have any physical form.

The astral plane is a phase of existence corrected with the physical things. It's an immaterial aspect of physical material as per yoga. It is similar to the dark energy in cosmological science.

In the central canal of the spinal cord 'canalis centralis', it exists here in the non-physical form. It passes through this canal according to yoga. Like the spinal cord, this Nadi also extends from the coccygeal region to the head - the location of the Sahasrara chakra.

All the six chakras right from Muladhara to the Ajna exists in between this Nadi, where the Sahasrara is on the tip of it. The red color is the philosophical representation of this Nadi.

The activation of Sushumna Nadi takes time. The activation is part of yoga practices. The process includes preparing the mind and body to sustain the power of the life force. The activation is the end result of removing the blockages present in the physical and mental level. Finally, kundalini could progress in time.

Even in the Shaktipat, Guru makes sure whether the aspirant is suitable for Diksha. If not, he may instruct few asanas, kriyas to make the person eligible. The intensity of the shaktipat initiation depends upon the spiritual status of a guru.

Sushumna Nadi has an important role in proper kundalini awakening. It is because the proper kundalini awakening results only when this divine energy passes through it. So, it is better to practice various asanas prior to the kundalini activation process.

The yoga asanas are really meant for it. Consistent practice leads to remove of all the blockages in the physical and astral level and make fit for arousal.


If the spiritual power gets activated without any purification process, then it may lead this divine energy to pass through another channel results in severe physiological and psychological problems. These anomalies result in kundalini syndrome. Mostly in these cases, this mystical energy passes through Ida or the Pingala Nadi.

Sushumna Nadi Breathing Practice

Pranayama is a breathing process developed by the ancient sages for the purpose of kundalini arousal. With discipline and meticulous practice, it directs the prana to flow through this channel. When the pranic energy flows through this channel the mind of the aspirant becomes steady.

Sushumna Nadi is sattvic in nature and it is responsible for qualities like virtue and righteousness. It connects the mind and soul of a person.

The kundalini energy ascends through the Sushumna Nadi reaching the Ajna chakra and then to the Sahasrara. This energy descends through the Ida and Pingala Nadi.

Role of Sushumna Nadi in meditation

Yoga texts ascertain that in the proper awakening the kundalini energy should be passed through the Sushumna Nadi. In an ordinary person, the Sushumna Nadi is rarely active. The Ida and Pingala Nadi alternatively takes control of the circulation of the prana throughout the body.

The Sushumna Nadi becomes potent at the time of early morning and in the evening where day and night intersect. This time is approximately around 3:00 am to 6:00 am in the morning and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the evening. That is approximately the period of 2 - 3 hours before sunrise and after the sunset in the near-equatorial zone. The peak time in the morning is around 3:45 am.


There is a biological characteristic associated with the Sushumna Nadi.  As per this characteristic, the morning is the most appropriate time for meditation and noted as the Brahma-muhurta in Indian Philosophical texts.

The beginners of the meditation practitioners are advised to practice meditation at this time where the flow of prana through the Sushumna Nadi becomes active. This makes the aspirant concentrate with ease, free from the mental distractions, and results in better progress in the practices.

The yogis or advanced practitioners could meditate at any time as they are consciously able to control the flow of the prana in the Sushumna Nadi.

When the Sushumna Nadi becomes active the concentration of the mind becomes stronger and thus results in a powerful meditation. Any blockages present in the Sushumna Nadi can be noticed at the time of meditation as the power of meditation becomes feeble or less intense.

The alteration in the sensation of chakras during meditation can also be due to some other cases. The blockages present in the Sushumna Nadi need not be a materialistic one but might be a psychic one. A disciplined sadhana with the above-noted points helps the aspirant to activate this subtle channel. (Read also How to Practice Kundalini Meditation?)

The book “Why Kundalini Meditation So Special?” gives a clear understanding of such practices and moreover a guide for those who seek the path in this field.

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Praveen Kumar

Praveen is the founder and editor at MindOrbs, an online magazine about personal development, yoga, meditation, spirituality, health, and wellness. He is a postgraduate in Physics, author, and entrepreneur. He is a kundalini practitioner for more than 15 years.