Prana and Nadis

Prana CalenderPrana (प्राण, prāṇa) is the Sanskrit word for “life force”. In yoga, Oriental medicine, and martial arts, the term refers to a cosmic energy believed to come from the sun and connecting the elements of the universe. The universal principle of energy or force, prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe.

Prana is a Sanskrit word constructed of the syllables prā (to fill, the cognate to Latin: plenus (full)) and “an”. An means movement and pra is a prefix meaning constant. Therefore, prana means constant motion, or the primary and all round motion of Life Energy. This constant motion commences in the human being as soon as he is conceived in his mother’s womb. Prana is therefore a type of energy responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance. This life energy, prana (प्राण) has been vividly invoked and described in Vedas. In Ayurveda, tantra and Tibetan medicine “pranā vāyu” is the basic vāyu (wind, air) from which all the other vāyus arise.


In Yoga, the three main channels of pranā vāyu are the Ida, the Pingala and the Sushumna. Ida relates to the right side of the brain, and the left side of the body, terminating at the left nostril and pingala to the left side of the brain and the right side of the body, terminating at the right nostril. In some practices, alternate nostril breathing balances the pranā vāyu that flows within the body. In most ancient texts, the total number of nadis in the human body is stated to be 72,000. When pranā vāyu enters a period of uplifted, intensified activity, the Yogic tradition refers to it as Pranotthana.

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4 thoughts on “Prana and Nadis

  1. […] these ‘gates’ energy is distributed throughout the body in a system of pathways called Nadis in Sanskrit. The Chakras fall, or are created, like Ley Lines, at the points where these lines cross […]

  2. Shiva Yoga – Ask A Swami | The Seven Minds September 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm Reply

    […] practice do not wear any metal ornaments on your body as it will prevent the even flow of energy (prana), throughout your body. You should also remove wrist-watch and specs or […]

  3. PRADEEP SINGH February 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on HINDUISM AND SANATAN DHARMA.

  4. thesevenminds February 12, 2015 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Thanks for the reblog.

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