In Hatha yoga, when the prana shakti
and chitta shakti are in balance, the harmony of the two types of
energy open the door for atma shakti, which is a transcendental,
nonphysical energy. When atma shakti is awakened, the dormant areas
of the mind become active.
Atma shakti is associated with
the sushumna nadi, the channel through which energy travels. This
nadi runs straight up the inner part of the spinal cord and
through the chakras, from just below the root chakra to the sahasrara
(crown) chakra. It is the nadi of spiritual awareness. The nadis that
carry prana and chitta shakti weave around the spine on opposite
By awakening atma shakti, the yogi
is united with cosmic energy and the universe.
Methods for balancing shakti and opening the pathway for atma
shakti include yoga asanas, pranayama, mudras and meditation with
particular focus on the chakras.