In Hatha yoga, when the chitta shakti
and prana shakti are in balance, the harmony of the two types of
energy open the door for atma shakti. This harmony may also help the yogi to achieve a peaceful mind, an increase in confidence, a higher level of consciousness and an increase in energy. An imbalance leads to physical,
mental and emotional illness.
Chitta shakti is associated with the
ida nadi, the channel through which mental energy flows. The
ida nadi travels the length of the spinal cord, weaving in and out of
the chakras. It mirrors the pingala nadi, which is the channel for prana
shakti. When ida nadi is free from blockages, chitta shakti flows
Methods for balancing shakti
include yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation with particular focus on the chakras. One of the most
effective ways of balancing the nadis and their associated shaktis in
yoga practice is through a form of pranayama called nadi shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing. With the fingers of one
hand, the yogi alternately closes the nostrils while completing one
cycle of breath in and out through the open nostril.