Today I would like to share with you about prana. “Pra” means “always”, “na” means “moving”. Prana is the always moving life giving intelligence that makes the grass grow, the flowers bloom, and humans evolve. It is a source energy that permeates all living things.
Prana is distilled from the elements of ether and air. Because it is always moving air and ether, it needs to be channelled in order to make things manifest. When it finds an open channel it will flow into it and enliven it. When it finds a closed channel, it will redirect itself. The yogis say that where attention goes, prana flows. This means that with awareness, prana can be guided.
Prana is unorganized potentiality that you can harness and direct.
If you want to heal your body from illness or dis-ease, create a masterpiece, handle larger amounts of stress without burnout, or evolve into the next iteration of the person you have the potential to be, you want to become an open channel, and conscious conduit, for prana.
The best way to bring prana into your system is via the breath. When yogis practice pranayama, or breath techniques, they are training themselves to harness and channel larger and larger amounts of source energy. Yoga poses open the energy channels, and the focused concentration they require directs prana into them. It then courses through subtle energy pathways called nadis.
Yoga practices create a resonant chamber for the ever expanding creative energy of prana to be consciously directed.
BringIng prana into your system organizes it. It will follow your attention through the energy channels in your subtle body, unless they are blocked. If they are blocked, yoga and pranayama practices can begin to unblock them. In time, you can become the conductor and the director of the flow of energy, intelligence, and consciousness within you.
The more prana you can channel, the more vitally alive you will be and the greater your bandwidth.
If powering up your energy body and becoming a conduit for massive amounts of vital life force is not enough of a catalyst for you, here are some other reasons to begin a pranayama practice:
Ready to learn to breathe consciously? I recommend working with a trained yoga teacher to learn the contraindications of certain techniques, and to dial in the practices that will best regulate your breath cycle. There are some great books out there too, like Donna Farhi's "The Breathing Book". Check it out!
Breathe well and live long.