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If you are new to Sahaja Yoga, you may wish to read our introduction to Sahaja Yoga meditation here.

For thousands of years philosophies all over the world have described a system of energy within all human beings. The system is said to consist of seven main energy centres known as chakras, three channels known as nadhis, and a dormant energy at the base of the spine known as kundalini.

Subtle systemThe diagram to the right shows this subtle system of energy that lies within us. This is an ancient diagram of our central nervous system, depicted in India long before the advent of western neurology. It shows three channels and seven chakras.

When the Kundalini energy is awakened through the practice of Sahaja Yoga Meditation this energy passes through the 5 chakras that lie above it until it reaches the 7th chakra (Sahastrar). Here there are 1000 nerve endings of the central nervous system which get enlightened and nourished by this energy.

The result is that we enter a higher state of awareness known as "Thoughtless Awareness", or "Nirvichar Samadhi" in sanskrit, & feel a cool breeze coming out of the head and the hands and a very deep peace and bliss.

This is the first step in the path to "Nirvana" or "Nirvikalpa Samadhi" in which we feel a state best described as "Heaven on Earth", a permanently Joyful, Peaceful state described in all the ancient scriptures.

To learn more about the subtle system select the relevant link below, or use the links on the right of the page to move to a different area of the site.

The three channels in detail
The different qualities of the three channels
The chakra's in detail
The different qualities of the seven chakras
The cool breeze
Learn more about the cool breeze


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Three channels

Ida Nadi - (the left side)

Ida Nadi is the left side, the Moon Channel. It gives us the power of our emotions, in it's pure state it takes the qualities of deep Joy, pure love, compassion, music and art. This side is the more feminine side of mankind but exists equally in men and women.
However, human beings are prone to left side problems such as emotional attachments, depression, low self esteem and feelings of guilt, lethargy, ritualism, bad habits and despair

Pingala Nadi - (the right side)

Pingala Nadi is the right side, the sun channel. It gives us the power of our rational mind, our physical being, learning and the strength to overcome problems through our endeavours.
However, human beings are prone to right side problems such as egoistic behaviour (selfishness), arrogance, pride, anger (violence), hatred. This is the more masculine side of men and women.

Shushumna Nadi - (the centre)

Shushumna nadi is the balance of the other two channels, daily meditation , as described on this web site, leads to a cooling of the sun channel and a warming of the moon channel.
The human attention then stops swinging from left side to right side, from happiness to sadness, from activity to sloth, and remains always in the centre, always acting without acting, doing without doing, witnessing the dramas of our own lives.


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Chakra qualities

The human body's vital life forces are concentrated into centres called Chakras. The Chakra is a subtle energy centre that normally cannot be perceived. Each Chakra being designed to supervise and maintain the perfect operation of the bodily systems under its control.

Chakra (with associated sanskrit bija mantras)
Physical Plexus
Qualities of Chakra


pelvic plexus
Innocence and wisdom

aortic plexus

coeliac plexus
generosity, peace, fulfillment

cardiac plexus
love, joy, detachment

cervical plexus
communication, diplomacy, detachment

optic chiasma
forgiveness, meditation

limbic area, fontenale bone area
integration, bliss, peace


Chakra means wheel in the Sanskrit language because these life forces rotate clockwise at certain frequencies.
The activity resembles a galaxy of planets, each spinning on its axis at points along the spinal cord.

An understanding of what can disturb each Chakra is important for our well being. Each thought and action influence the sensitiveness and performance of these centres.

Immediately after Self-Realisation these Chakras are activated and initially begin the slow process of clearing the negative energy accumulated by years of neglect or self-destructive activities like drugs, drinking, violence, anger, hatred, fanaticism.

The benefits are almost immediate; small anxieties decrease and some joy and objectivity begins to manifest, and the blocked Chakras begin to rotate properly again.

The human being has seven major Chakras and these correspond to the autonomic nerve plexuses, these chakras give to us the qualities of personality such as diplomacy, compassion, wisdom and creativity.

Furthermore, the petals of each Chakra correspond to the sub plexuses of the autonomic system. For example the classically described six petals of the Swadhisthan Chakra correspond to the spermatic, left colic, sigmoid, superior haemorrhoidal, inferior mesenteric and hypo gastric sub plexuses of the aortic plexus. The Chakra directs the particular type of energy controlling the autonomic nerve plexus and also adjacent endocrine and other organs.

By a series of subtle connections called ‘nadis’ in Yogic terminology each Chakra is connected to and brings its influence to bear on the whole body. For example the Nabhi Chakra controls the entire lymphatic system. In classical texts there are said to be three hundred and fifty million of these nadis. Very importantly, each Chakra is connected to a part of the hand as indicated in the subtle system diagram. Once the state of Yoga is achieved, the hands become sensitive to the state of the Chakras, and with practice this is easily interpreted.

The Chakras also influence and reflect our mental and emotional life. For example, the Swadhisthan Chakra controls a person’s creativity and those who work hard — artists and other creative people — it may become weak.

The right Anahath Chakra (there are three parts of the Anahath Chakra: right, center and left) reflects the relationship of fatherhood, either with the person’s own father or his own children. Sufferers from anorexia nervosa, for example, invariably have a problem with this centre.

There are more complex scenarios for serious problems where two or more Chakras are inter-related and affected, but we need not worry because eventually the Kundalini is able to set the entire subtle system working at optimum levels.

Thus the state of the Chakras at a subtle level reflects and influences a person’s physical, mental and emotional welfare. This is a dynamic relationship and so action at a subtle level on the Chakra can improve and (very importantly) integrate all these aspects. This is why, in a nutshell, people who achieve and consolidate their Yoga invariably find that their physical, emotional and other problems improve.


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The cool breeze

No it's not the cool breeze that you feel down on the seafront in december!'s the cool breeze that the meditation feels on the hands and above the head, the very same one that has been described in many ancient scriptures and by yogis and sufis across africa and asia for thousands of years.

In India it is known as Chaitanya Lahiri, al-Ruh in islam, and the Holy Ghost in Christianity. It is also known as the "All Pervading Power". If you've seen Star Wars then its "The Force"....this is not a new knowledge but very few people have felt it through history and those that have cannot explain to those that have's a bit like trying to explain what a rainbow looks like to someone who has never been able to see.

Our advice to you is to try the meditation described on our get realized page, and feel it for yourself. Then you can be more objective. Don't be shy now!


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