Prana refers to the energy all around us, present in all living and inanimate objects. It may be translated as breath, life force or vital energy but it is so much more than that. In spiritual practices, it is believed that the entire universe is a manifestation of prana.
Prana is a term used in Hindu and yogic practices. In the Chinese culture, it is called chi. The Japanese refer to it as ki. In ancient Egypt, it was called ka. Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Reiki are all eastern practices which aim to cultivate strengthen this life force.
Prana permeates all levels of being, from our physical reality to the most intangible concept of consciousness. It exists within, around and beyond our physical body.
Just like circulation of blood through veins and arteries in our body, prana flows through energy pathways referred to as nadis.
When we breathe in, we take in prana. It is possible to enhance the flow of prana within the body. Yoga and pranayama —yogic breathing exercises— are aimed at expanding the breath and improving the quality of prana.
Chakras are an important aspect of the flow of prana in the body. There are 7 chakras — or energy centres— along the spine, each one connected to specific parts of the body and mind that are intricately linked to our wellbeing.
Disruption or unbalance in the flow of prana, blockages in the chakras create disharmony and causes physical and emotional problems. Greater wellbeing in all aspects is possible through cultivating and strengthening prana and unblocking the chakras.