The Anatomy of Sushumna Nadi

"The moment you start seeing life as non-serious, playful, all the burden on your heart disappears. All the fear of death, of life, of love - everything disappears. One starts living with a very light weight or almost no weight. So weightless one becomes, one can fly in the open sky." - Osho


    The Sushumna Nadi is viewed as a subtle energy channel rather than a tangible anatomical structure from a traditional yogic perspective. It is said to flow from the base of the spine (at the Muladhara chakra) to the top of the head (at the Sahasrara chakra) along the axis of the spine. To be clear, this description is metaphorical and not based on the physical anatomy covered by contemporary medical science.

The Anatomy of Sushumna Nadi  

In the deepest stillness, the divine dances. - Rumi


        The Sushumna Nadi is thought to be the main conduit via which the Kundalini energy rises in terms of the subtle energy body. It is said to be the main artery (not physical) connecting the spine's primary energy centers, or chakras. According to yogic philosophy, the Sushumna Nadi crosses paths with the Ida and Pingala Nadis, two additional significant nadis. These nadis are said to cross at various spots along the spine as they spiral around the Sushumna Nadi. The Pingala Nadi is related to the right side of the body and is thought to be the solar, heating, and masculine energy channel, whereas the Ida Nadi is thought to be the lunar, cooling, and feminine energy channel and is associated with the left side of the body. Ida and Pingala nadi harmony is thought to be the cause of the balanced energy flow through the Sushumna Nadi.

    The other major Nadis that cross the spine, the Ida and Pingala, are thought to be balanced when the energy flows freely through the Sushumna Nadi, leading to a state of ideal health and spiritual advancement. One's ability to access greater knowledge, intuition, and spiritual insights is thought to be improved by the opening of the Sushumna Nadi. It might result in a deeper comprehension of oneself, other people, and reality itself.

The Anatomy of Sushumna Nadi with 72000 Nadi 

        The 72,000 Nadis (energy channels) that make up the human body's enormous network are said to be described in yogic scriptures. Prana (life force energy) runs through these nadis, which are energy pathways. It's vital to keep in mind, though, that rather than being a literal count, the figure 72,000 is sometimes interpreted figuratively, signifying the size and intricacy of the subtle energy system. Three of these 72,000 nadis—Sushumna, Ida, and Pingala (The Trividha Nadi's)—are regarded as fundamental.

    The remaining nadis form a complex network that permeates the entire body and nourishes the organs, tissues, and subtle energy centers (chakras), which also include the secondary and tertiary nadis. These nadis are said to carry prana to every cell and part of the body, enhancing physical, mental, and spiritual welfare.

    To maintain optimum health and encourage the free flow of prana, the nadis must be regulated and purified through yoga practices. By controlling the energy flow inside the nadis with techniques like pranayama, asanas, and meditation, the vitality and equilibrium of the subtle energy system are guaranteed.

    Sushumna Nadi and 72,000 Nadi's collectively offer a framework for comprehending the body's subtle energy system. They serve as a roadmap for spiritual growth and the emergence of higher realms of awareness by highlighting the interdependence of the physical and energetic facets of our existence.

Tanmay Bhati

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