Prana (energy) is both the material of the physical world and also the force that brings it to life. Science has proven that things that appear solid are actually just tiny particles bouncing off each other creating different densities. Nothing is truly solid or still…it just appears that way. Relying on what our eyes are capable of seeing as the truth is to be informed by only the smallest part of the puzzle. Our eyes are only able to see particles with enough density to reflect light. Once again yoga reminds us not to believe our senses or our thoughts, since they are incredibly limited in their perception. Thoughts are just the repeating of things we have experienced; memories and projections. We can have no new thoughts without new experiences.
The practices of yoga are ways of working with Prana, the fabric of the universe. Our breath is our life force. Pranyama (breath exercises) are ways to build and develop control of our life force. The Asanas (postures) are methods to clear blockages in the body so our energy can flow freely through the 72,000 nadis (energy channels) that comprise our energetic circulatory system. The three main nadis are located along the spine and at each nostril winding down through the chakras (energy centers) to the root at the base of the spine.
Asanas help us open up the physical body which in turn allows our energy to flow unhindered. Meditation is a practice of refined concentration and attention that allows us to tap into the subtle layers of perception and direct our energy consciously. With practice, we learn to move the energy up the spine in a controlled way which is awakening kundalini and raising it to the crown to experience universal connection. In a flash, the illusion of separation disappears. This may be a very brief experience, but once you are awakened, even if you live surrounded by illusion, it will never fool you the same way.
Storing and cultivating energy is also a way of raising our personal vibration. Our energy creates a vibration that is high or low, and often fluctuating depending on what we’re doing and thinking. We could say that our energy is either positive or negative in charge and this has a big effect on our attitudinal frequency. Although we are meant to experience all ranges of mood and emotion, recognizing if you are dominantly positive or negative in charge can have a major impact on quality of life. In this case, opposites do not attract, positive will attract positive and negative will attract negative vibrations. Understanding and working with your energy and vibration are keys to yoga and to living a happy, healthy life.
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