This is an in-depth article about how to increase your prana energy.
If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, then this is a must read for you.
You can feel more revitalized and full of life.
You can be healthier and expand your longevity.
All it takes are these simple techniques.
BUT FIRST, WHAT THE HECK IS PRANA?
Basically, prana is a person’s vitality. It enters the body giving it life, at the time of conception and, leaves it when we die.
Prana is not equal to breath. But, as you will see, the quality of your breath determines the quality of your prana.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine prana is called qi or Chi. It is anyways the same concept. Both TMC and Ayurveda doctors see prana as the “life force” that enlivens every cell, organ, and tissue and that needs to flow smoothly through srotamsi or body channels so you can be healthy.
That means that your physical body is a manifestation of your prana energy and that pranic imbalances are the real reason behind all diseases. I know. WOW.
Pretty important, huh?
To be honest, knowing how to increase prana is a must.
FIVE FORMS OF PRANA
Check this out: Prana has five different forms that govern the different processes in our body.
It is worth to have an idea what these forms are:
In other words:
- Prana Vayu is the life force behind our intake actions. Think intake of food, water, thoughts, sensations, breath.
- Udana Vayu: is the energy that controls your output in life. Like how you express your energy in life. Including work!
- Samana Vayu: it is the vitality that controls absorption. Of food and experiences too.
- Vyana Vayu: Governs the circulatory system. Comes from your heart and it flows to the rest of your body.
- Apana Vayu: Downward movements like urination and elimination. Too much of this energy and it will cause decay in your body.
Here is the deal.
With Ayurveda and the concept of Prana, I finally understood that real medicine goes beyond looking merely at physical symptoms. To truly have optimal health and feel your best you must learn to understand life and its forces.
HOW TO INCREASE PRANA
So quit jabbering and show me the goods, you say? Alright, let’s dive in.
These techniques are simple yet effective on how to increase prana energy. And they are wonderful at improving your life force flow. Just start with a couple of changes that feel doable and see how you start feeling more energetic.
Way too often you are your worst enemy.
Reacting in the same old way to situations without even being aware of it.
If you feel like your actions are frequently driven by memorized thought patterns rather that undertaken in awareness and that they leave you tired and depleted, then my friend you need a little bit of meditation.
As Deepak Chopra put it the other day referring to meditation: “If you say you don’t have time to do it once a day, then you are the one who probably needs it twice a day.” I couldn’t agree more!
Meditation will help you get out of your own way, at the same time that it will increase your focus and prana! It can make you come alive and start being present more often. How wonderful is that?
It can cultivate in you a sense of mindfulness bringing you increased clarity, intelligence, creativity, determination, and love. Being present can also raise your energy levels! You will undoubtedly feel lively and vigorous.
Of course you need to practice it -hopefully everyday- to reap the benefits.
Make no mistake, meditation is not a kind of special activity. In fact, there is nothing more simple than meditating.
- Set a space in your home where you feel at ease. Add some flowers, incense, and candles. Make it your own.
- Set a time to meditate. It is more effective before down, as per Ayurveda wisdom. Not only Ayurveda thinks this. Have you heard about the 5AM club? Let’s face it: your meditation practice will be way more focused – and effective – if nobody else has woken up.
- Sit down and become aware of your breathing.
- Don’t try to change anything. Just breath and let go. Don’t try to control your breathing.
- When you feel ready, move in the direction of your heart. Mindfully and fully present.
Pranayama: Focused Breathing
It is also helpful to practice Pranayama to increase prana. Breathing slowly, deeply and rhythmically. Control your breath, control your prana. By breathing you are also producing neurotransmitters (chemicals that make you feel good!) including serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins.
Breathing mindfully will connect you to your body and ingest pure blissful vitality. Harvard Medical School says deep, focused breathing has many other benefits besides giving your life force a boost: “Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxigen exchange, – that is the beneficial trade of incoming oxigen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, it can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.”
You know? To me that is the western explanation of what Ayurveda has been telling us for millenia! Improving the quality and flow of your “life force” through your breath, will help you optimize your health.
This is the process of breathing, from an Ayurvedic perspective:
- Prana: Inhalation
- Samana: Point between inhalation and exhalation (When you retain your breath)
- Vyana: Second part of retention. When you are approaching exhalation.
- Udana: First part of exhalation
- Apana: Last part of exhalation
So, how to do Pranayama?
Pranayama is also called alternate nostril breathing and it has a powerful effect on your mind and helps boost prana. It calms your mind, nervous system, and nourishes your organs and tissues with prana energy.
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Reduce Sensory Stimulation to Increase Prana
When your impressions from the world come from nature they are wholesome and cultivate a good quality prana. However, when most of your perceptions come from CNN, Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix it can be truly disturbing for your life force. Start with setting a limit for watching TV, being in front of the computer, or being on your phone.
These are other activities that are phenomenal for boosting prana because they put you in the right here, right now.
- Walking barefoot on the grass or the sand
- Bird watching
- Take a moon bath
- Take a sun bath
- Bike in a nature reserve
- Swim in the ocean
What do they all have in common?
Negative ions are molecules you can find in nature and are said to raise your prana energy, reduce depression, and decrease stress.
If you are like me, you already love going to the beach, riding your bike in a nature trail, and breathing fresh air. But knowing the amazing positive effects of being in nature can make you go more often.
Cultivate the Feeling of LOVE
One of the most accessible ways you have on how to increase prana is within your heart.
Love is the highest and most nourishing form of life force.
Cultivate the feeling of love by accepting those you love as they are. This actually includes YOU.
Accepting yourself genuinely will strengthen your sense of self-love.
Also, say “I love you” more often!
And reflect on that tough relationships in your life and think of ways you can forgive and love more that person.
Eat Sattvic Food
This is a big one to raise prana.
Food such as junk, canned, frozen, and processed food is Tamasic and leads to the weakness of your energy.
Eat wholesome foods – called Sattvic in Ayurveda – meaning go for healthy, vegetarian, organic things.
One of the best ways to increase prana is through the food you eat. And digest. The right diet increases your prana and heals you.
Do me a favor.
Cook at home. At least most of your meals. That as well increases prana because when you cook with care and love, you are transmitting that energy to your meals. Which translates in more quality prana.
You never know the mood of the cook at a restaurant, you know?
These techniques will for sure boost your prana and leave you feeling more revitalized, rejuvenated, and happy 🙂
Remember, it’s not about changing your life in 1 minute. Do a few changes, stay consistent, then add another change.
Don’t forget to schedule a 1-1 consultation to start your healing journey!