Even now I blunder about, wondering which side of the brain does what... Here is what I learnt, I recall, when reading the Bihar school of books on how this is used with awareness in your practice. The main words below, are as the yoga school describes the special qualities of each channel. In the brackets, my take on that...
This is rather important. U find that teachers can orient a class as per their natural orientation towards ida or pingala. However, a better class is where both are mixed equally, and one is able to switch to one or the other flow, as the situation demands.
Also, the physical charge(left brain/pingala) is necessary for health, strength, and even sustained interest in asana practice. The cooling, mental flow(ida/right brain) is necessary for the meditative aspect and even pranayama. So, just sticking to one way or one channel way of doing your yoga, I wonder how good that would really be??
Let's not forget the absolutely beautiful symbolism of the ardhanareshwara:)
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RIGHT BRAIN -- IDA NADI
- Intuitive (The sort of thing that makes u say, I feel this is right)
- Subjective way of thinking (reactive? Seeing it from your own point of view)
- Coolness (Keeps u calmer?)
- Inactive (Absorbs info, instead of doing something?)
- Introverts you
- Increases awareness (meditative, as against hyper-thinking?)
- Mental energy (as against physical activity/work)
- Female energy
- RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN. LEFT NOSTRIL/LEFT SIDE OF THE BODY.
- Analytical thinking (As to think 2 plus 2 is right. Newtonian thinking, as opposed to Einsteinism)
- Objective (Can take the other person's point of view)
- Heat (Stimulates and excites the mind)
- Active (Propels you into work, movement and creation)
- Physical energy (needed for things like digestion, detox)
- Male energy
- LEFT BRAIN. RIGHT NOSTRIL/RIGHT SIDE OF BODY.