Prana is the air we breathe and connects to Vata. It resides in the heart and is responsible for our kinetic energy. While Ojas is Kapha, with earth and water and stabilizes us and keeps us in the river. Teja relates to fire called Pitta. It is the fire in our body to digest everything, and it is also the intelligence of our body. These three life energies determine our life and our body.
Prana is created by the oxygen that we absorb. It is important to understand that Oxygen also helps us to convert food into energy. It regulates our emotions and determines our entire state of mind. Prana is the usable energy that is guided by Tejas and provided by Ojas. Prana is kinetic energy, while Ojas is potential energy. Too much prana in the body leads to a lack of Ojas.
Prana moves in our bodies through Nadis (channels). The old Indian sages counted 72,000 energy channels in our body, similar to the lymphatic system or the blood vessels. The centre of the Nadis is in the navel that once connected us to our mother in the womb. All Nadis originate from three main lines, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.
- Ida is the feminine aspect, the moon, its opening is in our left nostril.
- Pingala symbolizes the male aspect, the sun, its entrance is the right nostril.
- Sushumna is the central line and resides in our spine. It is the crucial line in our entire system. It helps you activate the Kundalini, where awakening starts and the divine energies move upwards. All the chakras are based along this line.
Ida and Pingala are part of our male/female aspect within our gender. The Shiva/Shakti aspect symbolizes our inner female and male qualities. Feminine qualities are intuition, sensitivity, reflection. Male qualities are outgoing qualities, logic, rationalism, ambition.
Healthy Prana makes you enthusiastic, creative, adaptable, energetic, motivated, and full of life. Prana is our breath and reflects our Atman (soul). The deeper your breath is, the more we connect to your true nature.
- Balanced mind and spirit
- Full of energy
- Positiv outlook
Our breathing is very closely related to our state of mind and our emotions. When we are stressed, angry, fearful, our breathing is short and often shallow, while when we are peaceful it is deep and slow.
- Relentless mind
- Losing control over your emotions
How to Balance Prana
Awareness and meditation help you strengthen your prana. There are also techniques in various yoga practices that focus on the breath, such as Pranayama or Vinyasa.
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