The word prana consists of prefix pra which means forward or prior and the suffix na – to breathe or energize, therefore prana literally means primary energy or vital air. Everything in the universe is composed of and is defined by this primary energy which is known as prana in yogic tradition, chi in Chinese, ki in Japanese, and lung in Tibetan traditions. Prana is simultaneously the energy that moves the universe, and the universe in itself. It is neither created nor destroyed and is constantly manifesting itself in different forms.

The fact that modern physics has proven that all matter is actually energy, allows us to look at the physical body as a cloud of a very condensed energy (prana), so condensed that we can see it or touch it. Without prana there would be no life in the body, and not even the body itself. Without prana we would be decaying corpses with no ability to move, see, hear, etc. We can define prana as vital energy sustaining life, permeating the whole creation and existing in both the macrocosm and microcosm.

Energetic anatomy of an individual may or may not be consciously felt and only recently it was measured by modern science, yet its teachings have existed since ancient times. Many world cultures believe that an individual’s health depends on the proper work of the energy (prana/chi/ki/lung) system. For example, acupressure and acupuncture, ancient Chinese methods of healing, manipulate the flow of vital energy through the system of acupressure points and meridians - energy channels (known as nadis in yogic tradition).

Cultivation and strengthening of prana is one of the most important aspects of yoga practice. By practicing asana, pranayama, mudra and other yogic techniques we stimulate the intake of cosmic prana, and release and channel the body's stores of internal prana, therefore inducing healing and improving health on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.
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