Prana is the energy at the basis of creation. However, the prana within living beings is a special form of energy. Prana is your vital energy, your life force, and your most precious possession. Prana is vital energy, inner power, and strength. As we learn to feel prāna, we intuitively know what makes us strong and healthy and what makes us weak and sick. Awareness of prana allows us to consciously generate, store, and use prana wisely. Knowing how to cultivate and balance prana is the basis of a more vibrant, creative life.
- Uncover the mystery of the life-force.
- Discover the relationship between breath and energy
- Locate and liberate trapped energy
- Reduce degeneration as you age
- Create a healthier flow in the cells and organs
- Prepare the body-mind for higher spiritual practice
Prana is a Sanskrit term that refers to the life-force energy that animates all living beings. According to yogic philosophy, prana flows through the body via a network of energy channels known as nadis. Prana is closely linked to the breath, as it is through the breath that we take in and circulate prana throughout our system.
The practice of pranayama, or breath control, is an essential component of yoga and other spiritual practices that seek to cultivate prana. Pranayama techniques involve manipulating the breath in various ways to enhance the flow of prana and balance the body and mind.
By practicing pranayama regularly, one can increase their energy levels, improve their overall health, and deepen their spiritual practice. Different pranayama techniques have various effects on the body and mind, so it is essential to learn from a qualified teacher and practice with caution.
In addition to pranayama, other practices like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness can also help to enhance the flow of prana in the body. By becoming more attuned to the breath and cultivating a deeper awareness of the body and mind, one can access the abundant reservoir of prana that resides within and harness it to fuel their spiritual journey.
01 Talk on Prana
02 Feeling the Five Pranas
03 The Two Forces
04 Psychic Breathing (Ujjayi)
05 The Gross and Subtle Breath
06 Moving the Prana
07 Purifying the channels
08 Prana Nidra
Title: Prana and Pranic Healing – Experience of Breath and Energy
Authors: Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson
Content: Intro Talk and Guided Meditations
Duration: 150 minutes
Pranic Healing – Guided Meditations
Track 1. Introductory Talk on Prana
Prana, the life force, manifests in the body through breath and energy. Understanding prana and the breath empowers you to generate, store, and utilize your energy efficiently, to achieve better health and fuel your spiritual journey.
Track 2. Feeling the Five Pranas
This meditation will give you an experience of the five sub-pranas flowing in the pelvis, belly, chest, and head and through the whole body. This will develop an intuitive awareness of how prana feels and moves throughout the body.
Track 3. The Two Forces
You will experience prana in the form of the downward force of gravity and the upward force in the spine. These two forces operate between consciousness at the top of the head and energy at the base of the spine. This dynamic practice helps you to control your pranic energy.
Track 4. Psychic Breath – Ujjayi
Ujjayi is a controlled yogic breathing technique that is also called throat, psychic or conscious breathing. Ujjayi is practiced by subtly tensing the throat in order to make an extremely soft sound, like the wind in a pipe. This breath carries awareness to the more subtle layers of the being. Ujjayi is used to manipulate prana.
Track 5. The Gross and Subtle Breath
The gross breath is the air you breathe; it is a gross form of prana. The subtle breath is prana itself, the energy that powers all the functions of the living organism, including the gross breath. You will learn to feel the movement of these two breaths and their relationship with each other.
Track 6. Moving the Prana
The flow of prana is experienced as a slow pulsation, a natural wave of expansion and relaxation. Posture (asana), breath (pranayama), and awareness are used to move prana through the blockages that prevent its easy flow.
Track 7. Purifying the Pranic Channels
Using the pranic awareness that you have cultivated, you now use the breath to take prana up and down the body, then through the major channels (nadis) that lie on either side of the spine. This process purifies these channels and the whole body-mind.
Track 8. Pranic Relaxation – Prana Nidra
Best performed lying down, this technique uses the breath to harmonize and integrate prana in all the cells and organs of the body. This creates awareness of the vibration of prana deep within the tissues of the body and prepares the body-mind for higher practices.
- For best results practice each technique sequentially. The track sequence is designed to guide you step by step into an experience of prana. You can then use your prana for self-healing and rejuvenation.
- Once you have learned the techniques, use whichever feels right for you at the time.
- Practice any time it is convenient.
- Use before breakfast to charge yourself and prepare for the day ahead.
- Use before sleep to promote deep restful sleep.
- Use during the day, e.g. before or after lunch, to feel refreshed and to have more energy and concentration.
- These techniques can be used to support healing in many situations. It is best to seek expert guidance when using these techniques for a therapeutic purpose.