What is Chi, Prana, or Shakti?
Prana is the Sanskrit word simply translated as "energy",
but it is more. In Japanese it is "ki"(as in the
martial art aikido); in Chinese it is "chi" (as
in tai chi). Prana is the vital life force energy that is
the sum total of all the forces of the universe, mental and
physical. Prana is the origin of all motion in the universe--
the flow of rivers, the flow of breath, the flow of thought
in the human mind.
Prana exists around us and inside
Out in nature, we are being regenerated
by Prana through our eyes, our lungs, and our hearts opening.
We take in Prana through our food, and through the air, so
how we eat and how we breathe are important to our energy
levels. When we are ill, we can barely take care of ourselves.
When the body is in great stress it shuts down or moves into
a state of "dis-ease".
This can also happen to our mental or emotional state. When
we are struggling with our physical
or mental health, we use Prana for maintenance just to get
through the day. However, when we are balanced, Prana is available
for something more. Then we can access our internal Prana
and move into our spirit, our creativity, our intuition, our
inner wisdom. When we are well, we have an abundance of energy
to use for our higher potential. Then we can live each moment
to its fullest.
Prana actually carries its own
Even without us knowing it, Prana
moves to the exact areas which need healing. The body is always
trying to find balance, but sometimes the mind gets in the
way. Part of yoga practice is to move into a state of relaxation
to allow the Prana to flow freely. We can connect to the natural
external state of the universe if we are internally balanced.
In the practice of yoga postures, breathing exercises, and
focusing techniques, we become more aware of what is happening
in our body-mind connection. We can chose to reduce stress
and increase wellness before serious
health problems happen. Then, other aspects of our life, like
a job or family relations, change because we have changed.
Resistance to what is and hanging
on to what was, both create tension. Prana flows when we "let
go" of what our minds think and move into a place of
"feeling" what our body-mind knows. Prana Analogy:
Consider your body like a car, and Prana like the fuel. If
you dont take care of the body, it may rust; the internal
parts can deteriorate. Although there is fuel in the tank,
the car cant go anywhere. Consider your driving skills
like the mind. If you drive the car badly and dont treat
it with an "attitude of gratitude", the tires may
wear out on one side. You may arrive somewhere, but not balanced.
You use fuel, but not at its optimal level. By nurturing,
protecting and respecting our planet, its natural resources
and its inhabitants, we enrich our own lives and those of
future generations. May Prana always be with you in a-bun-dance
throughout your adventurous lifelong journey.
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