Creating balance in life isn’t easy. It would be nice to take a pill for more masculine energy, like courage, strength and decision-making, or a pill for more feminine energy, like compassion, nurturing and rest. Either way, our bodies are our best teachers and always let us know what is out of balance.
According to yoga philosophy, the male energy is symbolized by the sun and the feminine by the moon. These complementary channels on either side of the body are known as Nadis (the word meaning a stream) though which Prana (life force) circulates.
The feminine channel, known as Ida Nadi governs the left side of the body. The masculine channel known as Pingala Nadi governs the right side of the body.
When we operate primarily from our masculine side, we may feel stressed, overworked, feel unloved or disconnected as a result. When we operate primarily from our feminine side we may feel victimized, lethargic, unable to make decisions and overwhelmed from giving out too much.
From experience, I have found if I have any pain or injury on my left side, it’s time to go inward, nurture and listen to my intuition. If I have any pain or injury on my right side, it’s time to take action and look to see where I need to make changes or need to create new directions.
Of course, nurturing ourselves through any injury or sickness is essential, but next time it happens, check which side it is on, and listen to your body.
It knows a lot more about you than you think!