Ida and Pingala Nadis
Ida and Pingala Nadis are the subtle channels which carry the subtle pranic energy. These have resembled with the sympathetic and the parasympathetic cords of the spinal cord and are located at either side to the core of the spinal cord. It is known in physiology that these cords control over the involuntary organs.
As the physical form, the Ida and Pingala Nadis are located on either side of the Sushumna nadi. The ida nadi starts from the right testicles and the Pingala Nadi from the left testicles. These two get interconnected with the Sushumna in the Muladhara chakra. The junction where the three get interconnected is known as the muktha triveni.
Again they are extended upwards and get intersected in the higher chakras Anahata and then the Ajna. These two subtle channels have connections with the nostrils which can be recognized by using certain techniques as I mentioned in the book “Why is Kundalini Meditation So Special?”
These psychic channels are also described with a color. The Ida nadi is pale in color and the Pingala nadi is in red. ( See Yoga nadis or subtle channels )
Psychological Aspects of Ida and Pingala Nadis
Ida nadi is represented with the tamo guna. This covers mostly the negative qualities of life. These aspects are guilt, lethargy, addiction, dark magic etc
The pingala nadi is represented with the rajo guna. It is connected more with the emotional qualities. It is rather bestowed with the qualities such as self-respect, desire, ego, creativity etc. A balanced approach in the Ida and Pingala can only lead one to the equilibrium position. The unbalanced condition in these nadis can cause oddness in one’s personality. When the Pingala is strong and the Ida remains weak may result in egoism, aggressiveness and selfish behavior in a person.
Only the balance in the Ida and Pingala can lead to the Sushumna. There are various yoga asanas to balance these nadis that are being practiced from the ancient time. Arousal of the kundalini energy through the ida or pingala leads to its negative aspects of their nature and also causes physical disorder which results in uneasiness in the body. Such arousal can very much affect the mental well-being of a person.
The ida and pingala nadis spiral around the Sushumna Nadi. The interaction between the ida and Pingala nadi is concerned with the interaction of the two types of qualities represented with the right and left hemisphere of the brain.
The ida is known as the lunar nadi and it is represented with the cold aspect. The pingala nadi is known as the solar nadi and it is represented with the warm aspect. It is normal that only one nadi becomes dominant at a time when the pranic energy surges through it, but this will be alternated many times in a day. Even though there is a number of alternation takes place, one nadi tends to more dominant than the other for a longer period of time.
Balancing Ida and Pingala Nadis
Practicing hatha yoga can bring equilibrium in the ida and pingala nadis. The pranayama practices have a great impact in controlling the functions of these nadis. As these nadis are directly connected with the nostrils, the alternate breathing technique can bring greater balance in these nadis.
The book “Why Kundalini Meditation So Special?” gives a clear understanding of such practices and more over a guide for those who seek the path in this field.