Ida, Pingala, Sushumna
Ida, Pingala, Sushumna: Three Primary Yoga Nadis

When you look closely at the construction of your spine, you come across two holes on either side of the spine. Nerves pass through these two conduit pipes that are also known as channels. Hence, in yogic terms, these are Ida and Pingala or the left and the right channels. However, there is no physical manifestation of Ida, Pingala, Sushumna in your body.

That means, if you cut your body and look for these energy channels, there are none. However, they manifest only when you become aware of them. In the subtle human body, there are nearly 72,000 nadis. So, you should know about these nadis to access the higher consciousness.

So, we will help you learn about Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, how to cleanse or balance them, their birthplace, and the aim of activating these nadis. Keep reading.

Ida, Pingala, Sushumna: An Introduction


Ida Nadi is the left energy channel present inside the subtle human body. Furthermore, the Ida Nadi is associated with the Moon and its vibrations. Hence, it signifies the Yin energy of a person that closely relates to the emotional state of a being.

Ida comes from the Sanskrit language which means ‘comfort’. No matter if you are a male, there will be feminine energy in you too. That resembles the Ida Nadi.

Moreover, Ida connects to your left nostril, however, it further goes to the right hemisphere of your brain. Being an introverted part of the body, the Ida Nadi is responsible for carrying energy to the central nervous system.


Pingala Nadi is the right energy channel within the subtle human body. Being associated with Yang energy, Pingala Nadi resembles the masculine character of a person.

Pingala came from the Sanskrit language which means ‘channel’ or ‘flow’. Further, Pingala Nadi is connected to the right nostril and the left hemisphere of your brain.

Just like Ida is linked with the Moon, the Pingala Nadi is connected with the Sun elements. Hence, all the three Ida, Pingala, Sushumna nadis create a balance and uniformity in the subtle human body.


This Nadi is combined of two distinct words that mean ‘virtuous thinking’. Sushumna came into existence from the ancient ideology in which two words ‘sukha’ and ‘mana’ construct the term Sushumna.

The first word ‘Sukha’ denotes tranquillity or the centre of balance. Whereas, ‘mana’ signifies the hidden ability of the psychic. Hence, Sushumna has a deeper spiritual meaning.

As far as the placement of the Sushumna Nadi is concerned, it is located in the middle of the Ida and the Pingala Nadis. Furthermore, Sushumna Nadi goes from the Root chakra to the Crown chakra.

Ida, Pingala, Sushumna: How to Cleanse Them

One of the best ways to cleanse Ida, Pingala, Sushumna is to practice deep breathing exercises. This enhances the Pranic flow within your body.

Since Ida and Pingala Nadis cross each other at different chakras, therefore, activating your chakras further helps in the cleansing. Hence, the practice of different poses of Kundalini yoga helps you have an overall cleansing of the nadis.

Benefits of Activating Ida, Pingala, Sushumna

Better Energy Flow

Ida, Pingala, Sushumna are present in the subtle human body. Through them, energy reaches different parts of your body. When you activate and purify these nadis, there is a boost in the flow of energy. Thus, you feel a surge in energy that keeps you afloat every second of the day.

Deeper Perception of Energy

Have you ever felt that a person radiates negative energy? If yes, that is how you perceive energy present around you. With the activation of Ida, Pingala, Sushumna Nadis, this perception becomes even stronger. Therefore, you become aware of varying degrees of energies emitting in your surroundings.

Raises Awareness

Awareness has a vital role in a person’s life. It helps you live the moment at hand rather than getting lost in the mental clutter. That is where Ida, Pingala, Sushumna activation helps you even more. You learn to be aware of the things at hand. It makes you mindful that enhances your overall well-being.

In a Nutshell

Ida, Pingala, Sushumna are primary yoga nadis that help you achieve the highest state of being. Therefore, they should be purified and cleansed from time to time. For that matter, you should inculcate yoga practices into your life. Thus, with control over your energy flow, you gain perfect control over your life.

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