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What is prana energy?

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a human figure with the chakrasWhat is prana energy? The Sanskrit word Prana is the meaning of vital energy that flows inside of us. You can also call it the force of life. This energy-prana flows inside of us in channels that are called Nadis. There is a variation of opinions of how many nadis we have in our body. In the ancient texts, it is said to be hundreds thousands of nadis. The 3 most important nadis are the Ida, the Pingala and the Sushumna.

 

 

 

nadis illustrationThe sushumna nadi is the channel that is placed in the center of the spine. All the way from muladhara chakra to sahasrara chakra. It’s the straight yellow line in the picture.
The ida nadi starts from the left of muladhara chakra and rises up until the sahasrara chakra like a spiral. It’s the orange line in the picture.
The pingala nadi starts from the right of muladhara chakra and rises up until the sahasrara chakra like a spiral. It’s the green line in the picture.
The ida nadi and the pingala nadi are oposite to each other. The ida is passive and is also called nadi of the moon, and the pingala is dynamic and is also called nadi of the sun.


Why is it so important for the prana to flow harmonic?

When we feel good and have a balanced life, the prana flows in harmony inside of the nadis.

On the other hand, when we don’t have a balanced life, depending either on

  • inconsistency in our daily routines (exercise, our job, nutrition, sleeping routines etc), or
  • having constantly negative feelings like stress, anxiety, depression, fear, doubt, low self-esteem etc,

the flow of the prana can get affected and lead to energy blocks.
What we experience when this happens is exhaustion and low energy. This situation can lead to dysfunction of our bodily functions and eventually, sicknesses.


This was a brief description of the prana energy and how it connects with our well-being in order to make us understand the importance of achieving mental and physical balance.

Thank you for reading 🙂


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