In the yoga tradition, prana is that which nourishes a living thing. Prana means breath, life, vitality, energy or strength. Prana commonly is referred to as “life force energy” and is brought into the body through breath. This life force energy is considered divine, the spark that illuminates all beings.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the word Qi is similar to prana. Qi also translates as “life energy” or “vital energy”. It’s the universal energy that is contained in all things. Qi flows within us and around us, giving life, animation, warmth and form. When Qi flows harmoniously, the body functions optimally.
Too little Qi/prana in the body can be expressed as a feeling of being stuck or restricted. It can also show as a lack of drive or motivation to do anything; being listless or even depressed. We may also suffer from physical ailments when Qi/prana is lacking in the body.
Qi/Prana can be drawn into the body in various ways:
- Deep, mindful breathing
- Eating non-processed, organic foods
- Interaction with/contemplation of nature
- Acupuncture, yoga and Qi Gong
Qi/Prana can also be lost or drained through:
- Physical illness
- Obsessive thought
- Strenuous exercise
- Poor diet
- Not enough sleep
How do you keep your vital energy going strong? Please share what works for you as we all journey on the path of wellness together…