Yoga and esoteric Physiology / part 1

What know about "it energy", to the light of the knowledge classic yogic? Friendly Diaz, Professor of the Spanish Association of practitioners of Yoga (AEPY) since 1983 and training of teachers, has written this interesting article which we will publish in two parts in this week.

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When we refer to the word "esoteric", in Yoga, we mean that we refer to processes that belong to the reality subtle, unlimited and/or transcendent of the human being, and that only is can perceive of a way intuitive by minds predestined, or, in the case of people normal, through a work prior that will be transforming its sensitivity body and mental; by it, would be an exercise vain the try to find similarities with the reality tangible of the body dense.

For this reason, in Yoga the concept that encompasses "the energy" not can be only considered as a belief, since, in our reality of human beings there are aspects and possibilities related to what the reality unlimited represents. And here is where the esoteric physiology is, perhaps, your website.

He legacy hindu reference to this question is expressed in the system Vedanta, in the Samkhya, in the Upanishads Yoga and also in the Tantra. Not to mention, also, that so-called esoteric physiology is part of other cultures with great philosophical, religious and mystical, tradition, both in the West and elsewhere in East.

To address this issue, as far as the practical discipline of Yoga is concerned, they appear two sources main, mentioned already above: the vedantic (relating to the ashtanga yoga of Patanjali and the Yoga Upanishads), and the Tantric.

In the Vedanta and in the Samkhya, is speaks of the theory of the three bodies and their layers or wrappers energy:

  • Sthula: Annamaya and pranamaya kosha.
  • Sukshma: Vjnanmaya and manomaya kosha.
  • Karana: Anandamaya.
  • Prana.
  • Vayus.
  • Solar energy.
  • Lunar energy.
  • NADIS.

For its part, the approach to Tantric is related with:

  • The Hatha-Yoga.
  • The prana,
  • The Chakras
  • The Nadis.
  • The Solar energy.
  • The lunar energy.
  • The Kundalini.
  • The Amrit.

Types of energy

-Cosmic energies:

  • Shakti.
  • Solar.
  • Lunar.
  • Telluric.

-Energy related with the breath / breathing (vayus):

  • Udana.
  • Prana
  • Samana.
  • Apana.
  • Vyana.

-Energy transmuted:

  • Kundalini.
  • Amrit
  • Mental.
  • Vital.

-The aura.

The Shakti

It is the cosmic energy that is venerated by Hindus; It depends on the dynamism of life and the very existence of the gods, mainly, Shiva. According to Tantric yoga tradition, the Shakti are also different kinds of energy that we use in the yogic practice, especially the kundalini, the role that plays in the attainment of enlightenment.

Solar and lunar

In Yoga, solar and lunar are part of those cosmic realities that arise easily in human identification response and, perhaps, because we give also - through the practice of Yoga-that there are similarities between these realities and certain dimensions of our interiority.

It is always positive in Yoga to work consciously with experiences that exceed the limits of the self, the mental and the psychic.

According to the Indian tradition, the power of the nadis is governed by the movement of the Sun, the Moon, and the Terrans from Earth movement.

Solar energy is often associated with the right nadi)Pingala) and with the energy mental, while the energy Moon it is with the nadi left ()IDA) and with the energy vital. However, is necessary to highlight that not there is unanimity between them schools Hindu at the time of grant you to the nadi right the flow of it energy mental and the lunar to the side left.

Of the energy lunar is also "the nectar of the immortality" ()Amrit). In the structure of the body energy, this energy is associated to bindu visarga (crown chakra).

The energy telluric

Telluric energy is related to the natural element "Earth")Prithivi). It is the energy that exists less theorizing, because it only speaks of it in relation to the orientation of Muludhara, since this chakra, according to some schools, would be oriented towards the land, and therefore without the projection on the anterior part of the body. There are, however, Yoga various practices which uses the telluric energy, as a counterpoint to an excess of pranificacion that sometimes can occur in Yoga. These exercises consist in visualizations, or contact physical from the body, feet or hands.

The Prana and the Apana

Prana It is the energy that allows life and the proper functioning of our body; It is in the air, food, water and the Sun. And, according to yogic tradition, will come a time that we can only feed of prana.

In our body, when it is considered one of the five vayus, prana occupies the physical space of the thorax.

Apana, or removing power, appears as opposite prana, and is located in the body between the navel and pelvic floor.

At first view, the relationship between Prana and Apana could be considered as a equivalent to the breathing mechanism; Comparing with the prana oxygen and carbon dioxide2 with apana. In both cases, the original source is the oxygen and prana, although they would give a different final product, once fulfilled its functions: carbon dioxide for oxygen and apana in prana.

However, one could say that the similarities are completed on the similarity of the processes since, if we persist in referring to all the visible body, we return to the contents of the self, while energy Physiology refers to the level of being and the subtle reality.


This vayu origin is the line of the clavicles and goes up to the neck and head; is involved in the good operation of the senses and in the function of the talks.


Samana is extends from the part end of the breastbone and reaches to the navel; possesses a function internal, operating mainly on the digestion.


Apana begins in the navel and ends in the pelvic floor. Its function consists in the Elimination of internal and external waste.


Moves in the environment of the body, harmonizing the energies of the different vayus.


The kundalini is the name that is attributed to the cluster of energy from of the Sakti and that us has been granted at the time of the birth; This energy is is numb and hidden in the base of the column.

Our body subtle possesses a structure itself for the time in that such power is put in movement, and, in this case particular, is the nadi Sushumna with their three very fine internal nadis)chitrini, vajrini and brahmani) which will channel the kundalini energy, when it is put in motion.

At the time of the "Awakening" this energy begins the emerging movement by brahmanadi, from the base of the trunk to the seventh chakra, Sahasrara, generating lighting irreversibly.

The Amrit

The Amrit or "nectar of the gods", According to the tradition Tantric of the Hatha Yoga, is a fluid that grants it immortality to those who know use it; are produced in Bindu Visarga, is associated with the lunar energy, meditative States and consciousness witness)Sakshi).

According to the tradition yogic, the ignore the existence of this substance and its wasted would be the degeneration organic / physical of way premature and the death of the person.

In the work of Yoga, can stimulate the secretion of the amrit thanks to inverted postures, to the display of certain routes chakraticos, to the concentration in Bindu visarga, etc.

When the substance exceeds the vishuddhi chakra, that is where it should be used to achieve the expected benefits, we have a misuse of "this nectar". If you will come to manipura and there are consumed, not would produce no benefit.

Therefore, Yogis, in addition to having developed techniques that stimulate and increase its production, also know how to reuse it in the event that it flowed unchecked. For this circumstance, they propose that inverted postures, are made mainly to encourage his return, since until vishuddhi manipura.

The Aura

Belongs to the esoteric Physiology since it belongs to these realities that do not capture the senses, containing no feelings and that is not present in consciousness yoica.

You could define the aura as the energy that emerges from the whole of the body, know which function on the physical body, even intuyendola when, for example, in a dyadic situation, someone invades our privacy interpersonal space, or where we perceive the presence of someone or something without seeing it.

This layer energy is found located to some twenty-five centimeters of the body dense, has volume and several colors that could correspond is with them different bodies of which speaks the Vedanta, and vary with them States of mood or of health.

This aura can be seen by people who are very sensitive or with extrasensory abilities.

In the practice of the Yoga, is located somewhat relegated to the forget, perhaps by the existence of that multitude of options that the Yoga us offers.

Stimulation of the aura and awareness by the subject us witness, facilitates the experience of consciousness extends them limits of the mind and of the consciousness and us une of form instant to the consciousness cosmic.

Relationship and/or function of the main energy yogic

Energy cosmic:

  • Shakti→Kundalini → wake.
  • Mental → solar (right nadi, Pingala).
  • Vital Lunar→ (left nadi, Ida and amrit)
  • Telurica→ views, rooting.
  • Prana breathing (chakras and nadis) →

Powers related to the breath/breath (vayus):

  • Prana→ with energy absorption.
  • Apana→ with the removal.
  • Udana→ with the senses and speech.
  • → Samana with digestive function.
  • Vyana → with the environment of the body.

Energy transformed or trasmutadas:

  • Sakti →Kundalini→ muladhara →con the wake.
  • Amrit → Lunar → bindu visarga →logro of immortality.
  • Aura → with three bodies, their coats and purusha.
  • Solar → energy mental (pingala).
  • Lunar → (ida) vital energy and amrit (bindu visarga).
Next installment of the 2nd part of this article: Structures through which flow the energies yogic, according to Tantra (Nadis, Chakras and other energy circuits)

Friendly Diaz She is Professor of the Spanish Association of practitioners of Yoga (AEPY) since 1983, and teachers, with own school in Madrid, since 1995: P Yoga Centerantanjali.

Disciple of Eva Ruchpaul, aware of the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and of André Van Lysebeth. A clinical psychologist in exercise.

Former President of the AEPY and former President, for four years, of the Commission educational of the European Association of Yoga (UEY).

For more than twenty years, comes to exercise seriously and respect this noble discipline, linking its activity to contact the India with swami Veda Bharati. Her wide experience allows her to consider Yoga, in its therapeutic aspect, as the psychophysical method full and more advisable to remedy problems of exhaustion, stress and anxiety, without forgetting that Yoga is, first and foremost, spiritual realization.

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