What is Prana

Imagine being in control of your own physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  Able to relieve the pain of an arthritic joint in minutes.  Or just being able to quickly let go of the stress of a workday and instantly become more relaxed, calm and centered.  You’ve got the ability to bring about powerful, effective changes in your life—quickly and simply—when you understand how to harness “prana,” the vital energy of the universe.

Prana is the Sanskrit word for the “life force” that sustains us physically, emotionally and mentally.  It is known by many names in other cultures.  “Prana” is the energy that is moved in Yoga, the “mana” used by kahunas for healing, the “chi” that is manipulated in acupuncture and generated in tai chi and it is the “ki” used to defend oneself in martial arts such as Aikido.

In Pranic Healing, we like to say that you learn to use prana to:

  • Heal
  • Meditate
  • Prosper

Prana, your physical body and your energy body

We all have a sheath of energy surrounding and interpenetrating our physical bodies that is loosely referred to as our “aura,” or “energy body.”  This aura absorbs prana from the sun, the air, the earth and from the food we eat, and actually acts as a “mold” for the physical body.  In fact, the physical body and the energy body are so intimately connected and related that what affects one, affects the other. This  relationship is the basis of the entire Pranic Healing system, because if there is something wrong in the energy field (for example, a disruption, depletion or an excess of stress energy), it also manifests in the physical body (for example, anxiety, digestive problems or chronic inflammation).  So, we learn to apply specific energy-manipulation techniques to the energy body to address an  ailment in the physical body. 

We apply these techniques to the aura in general, as well as the aura’s specific energy centers, called “chakras” and energy distribution channels, called “meridians.”  If you’re familiar with acupuncture or acupressure, you may have heard these terms.