Energy lines are highways to healing. Stimulate them correctly and you’ll receive benefits like balancing, energizing, and stabilizing yourself. Sign me up! Let’s look at a few ways of finding the 4 most basic sense lines, Sumana, Ittha (Ida), Pingala and Kalathari
Finding your basic sense lines:
- Sumana has medial and lateral lines. The medial line runs straight from pubis to crown up the front and from crown to pubis down the back, creating a loop on the midline of the body. The lateral lines runs from pinky to armpit, thumb to thumb by way of the low neck, from groin to big toe by way of the heals, and across the nipple line.
- Ittha runs on the left side of the body; think feminine and moon energy. Start from the inside of the left eye, run down to the left medial collar bone, continue two inches left from the belly button, split down the thigh, loop back to the inner hamstrings, staying above the knee, then come up the middle of the glute, around the hip crease and meet at the groin. Phew! Then There’s a back line… Starting from the inside of the left eye, travel up and over the skull and draw a line straight to the inside of the left SI joint. Meet up the loop you made over the hamstrings but continue down the backside of the legs, behind the lateral malleolus and out the pink toe.
- Pingala is the same as ittha but on the right side. Work pingala for balancing and energizing masculine and sun energies.
- Kalathari is your main emotional line. Beginning from the outside of the eye, run down the cheeks to the mid collar bone, through the apalapa marma and down the midline of the arm. When you reach the base of the palm, trace each finger out. Trace back to apalapa marma and run down to the nipple and carry on to the belly button. At this point, cross to the opposite mid hip flexor and run down the middle inside of the leg of the opposite side you started the arm on all the way down to the heal and sen each foot just like you did the hands. The backside marks a similar pattern but there is no crossing at the belly button and rather than starting the torso lines at apalapa, begin at the medial superior edge of the scapulae and run down to the SI joints. Sen the backs of the hands and tops of the feet as well!
Personally, I love senning after or during a long bath and combining it with my abyangha practice. Take a small amount of warm oil between your palms and apply a thin and luxurious layer to your legs and arms. Take your time here to find your energy lines. If you’d like more information on 10-sense energy lines, check our Syl Carson’s work at Bodhi Yoga. Enjoy!
Kiera Lucich is a neural integration specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s the owner of Smart Move Wellness, a brain-based wellness company dedicated to educating and training people to heal chronic and trauma-associated pain. For more information visit smartmovewellness.com.