20 Yoga Poses for Complete Beginners (+ Free Printable)
In yoga, the idea of balance is very important.
There are two very important energy channels or nadis in the human body of the 72,000 nadis that exist in every human being. Both important Nadis flow symmetrically. One is known as Ida and the other as Pingala. Ida represents the creative, feminine qualities in you, and Pingala represents the energetic, masculine qualities in you. Bringing the balance into the body by adopting a balancing posture brings the balance between Ida and Pingala and thus the balance that is achieved not only physically, but also on an energetic level in ourselves. Between Ida and Pingala lies Sushumna Nadi, which exists parallel and slightly in front of the spinal cord.
Ida Nadi starts and ends on the left side of Sushumna Nadi. Ida represents the moon energy in us, that is the energy in us that is related to the moon. It's a cool energy and it naturally nourishes. The color white is sometimes used in yogic teachings to represent the vibrational qualities of the ida minority. Ida is also active in the right brain. Pingala represents the solar energy in us, that is, the energy associated with the sun. It starts and ends on the right side of Sushumna Nadi. It's warm and energizing by nature. Pingala is responsible for all vital somatic processes in our body. The vibrational properties of Pingala are sometimes represented in the yogic doctrine by the color red. Pingala is active in the left brain.
The interaction between Ida and Pingala relates to the interplay between intuition and rationality, consciousness and life force, and the right and left hemispheres of the brain that takes place in us. In daily life, one of these nadis always dominates. Although this dominance changes throughout the day, a Nadi is usually more dominant. This leads to personality, behavioral and health factors that can be described as ida-like or pingala-like. A goal of yoga practice is to establish a balance between Ida and Pingala.
The idea of balance in yoga is seen when yoga is described as hatha. & # 39; Ha & # 39; refers to the sun or the sun principle of Pingala and & # 39; tha & # 39; refers to the lunar or moon principle of ida. In Hatha Yoga, the balance between sun and moon energy is the goal of our practice.
In many yogic teachings, it is said that the balance of the Sun and Moon, or Pingala and Ida, facilitates the awakening of the Kundalini, and thus the awakening of the higher consciousness perceived in the Sahasrara, the seventh chakra. In fact, certain yoga teachings say that as long as either Ida or Pingala dominates, Sushumna Nadi slumbers or sleeps and the power of Kundalini can not be awakened, so you can not feel the awareness of Sahasrara.
If we look at these definitions scientifically, we find that the left and right brains are each responsible for different functions. The left brain controls the right-sided functions of the body and is also responsible for scientific thinking. The right side of the brain is responsible for the creativity and functions of the right side of the body. In yoga, we seek to balance left and right, balancing the balance between left and right sides of the brain and right and left sides of the body.
The balance between Ida and Pingala takes place in the Ajna Chakra, which is depicted as a lotus flower with two petals in the middle of the forehead. One of the pets is represented by the energy channel of Ida and the other by the energy channel of Pingala.
In addition, the yoga theory states that there is a connection between the mind and the body. So if there is a balance in the mind - between Ida and Pingala - between left and right hemispheres - then there is also a balance in the body. Here it is important to work in the mind on balance to develop the balance in the body. This can be achieved through meditation (dhyana) or breathing control techniques (pranayama).
But the opposite is the case - when there is balance in the body, balance can also be established in the mind. Therefore, working on the physical asanas of balance also helps to create balance in the mind - especially when we concentrate on the breath, as when we focus on the breath, then we also focus on prana or the life force in us ,
Important balance postures in yoga practice include standing balance postures such as:
Garudasana (eagle pose)
Vrikshasana (tree pose)
Utkatasana (wild pose)
Poor balance postures include:
Bakasana (crane keeping)
Mayurasana (peacock pose)
Tolasana (balance position)
Pinchamayurasana (feathered peacock pose)
Bhuajapidasana (hand pressure)
In all balancing poses, you should pay attention to your core muscles as they stabilize you and your ajna chakra, as your ajna chakra is the command center for the mind and body.
When you work on the balance of postures here, you not only bring balance into the body, but also into the mind and your nadis. A balanced life is always a happier life.