Prana and Apana, a fundamental balance for health
The terms Prana and Apana they are used in Yoga and Ayurveda to define concepts relating to the vital energy, food, nutrition and energy recharge of our subtle body. In everyday words, Prana is the energy that nourishes and Apana which purifies. Writes Paul Rego.
Prana, life force
Much talk about energy, but energy is all that exists. Therefore, to understand what is Prana It is important to take into account our interaction with the universe and our existence in it.
At the time of be designed energy fact occurs, and as we are satisfied as complete beings in the womb, will develop, along with the body processes that work in relation to energy. Physical, biological, processes which are taking shape as our body is maturing until the moment of delivery. ESA life energy will be which will grow and then accompany us throughout life until at the end it leaves the body.
The structure and intensity of the vital energy will adapt to our experiences, to the different stages that we transitemos. It will be developed if we practice good habits, if we breathe correctly, if we can flow with our emotions. And you will be hampered or decreased if we eat, breathe and rest poorly, or if our emotions and thoughts consume that energy for purposes useless or toxic.
But since everything is energy, the interaction that we have with the world that surrounds us will also create a circuit of incorporation of Prana. The science of the control of power through the breathing o"Pranayama"it is a method designed to incorporate Prana consciously to our body and also a vehicle to circulate it, developing it and balancing it.
Prana is the energy that surrounds us and that, as we are going to expand perspective, maintains the universe running. And that energy enters the body through the mouth and nose, through food and breathing, but also governs the feeding process.
Prana is the energy that molecular activity of atoms that make up the atmosphere, air enters the body through respiration. This energy travels a few different channels to which goes through the air. The air itself is not Prana, but the energy that it contains is.
The Prana-Apana process
An energetic fact occurs when we breathe or incorporate food. Power comes with air and with food and, at the same time, it is mobilized by energetic processes that take place in the whole body.
The energy that we took of the outside enters our interior and the processes involved in this incorporation, such as breathing or swallowing, are also energy. Metabolizing food, absorption of nutrients, etc. create other new processes governed by other powers and, ultimately, on the other side of the process is the power of purification or Apana.
Prana is the vital energy; the original which is in us, which incorporate to keep us alive and creating with all processes that take place permanently in the body. The processes that help to expel from the body elements remaining after feeding occur are Apana, the energy that clean.
The balance between Prana and Apana occurs when the energy of both processes create a fluid circulation, When that feeds is balanced with what is removed and when energy entering gets cross the main energetic channels without interruption, circulating freely.
Bad food, bad breath, or uncontrolled emotions, produce interference in these processes, unbalancing Prana-Apana. Malfunction of these energies creates difficulties or shortcomings in the energy flow and also urge seeking balance, producing intoxication, ailments and diseases that sustained in time become chronic.
If Prana is as fundamental as it is life itself, Apana is the energy force that purifies and releases that space where Prana must act. Therefore, If Apana does not flow, if not remove body what us excess and intoxicating, space for Prana Act will decrease and thus the vital force.
Yoga, Pranayama and meditation
The essence of the practice of Yoga It is closely related to the balance of these forces. The mobilization of the physical body, consciousness in the path of the energy, the energetic jam release are intended to allow Prana and Apana to work correctly (also other forces involved in the process total udana, samana and vyana).
Pranayama you use one of the main channels of incorporation of Prana which is inhalation. All exercises are kept clean and active energy centers or chakras involved in balance and channels or 'nadis' Ida and Pingala, running two channels that descend from the front of the body from the nose to the perineum, and Shushumna, which is the main channel that runs complete vertebral column from the sacrum to the upper part of the head through the seven chakras main in its path.
The Meditation It produces an effect of energy detoxification that frees up contaminated spaces for Prana to flow. It also reduces energy consumption that should be elsewhere in the subtle body. All the chakras, by default or by excess imbalances, create the desarmonizacion of the subtle body, breaking the balance Prana-Apana.
The daily practice of Yoga, Pranayama and meditation help the body to find the balance of your life force and processes that lead to it.
Food of quality for the balance Prana-Apana
"Food" not only what we eat or drink but also air and even more, what we see, hear or perceive in every possible way.
Always better or worse quality food can be incorporated. Everything that causes us the environment in which we spend our days and our place of business or personal experiences that we have there, will influence our balances and in the sense that can take our internal energies.
What we read, what we look at and hear on television, books or newspapers, the conversations that we have, what we see in social networks, the music we hear, etc., also affect our internal States and energy processes.
And, of course, liquids and solids that we ingiramos and the air that we inhalemos influence to achieve a best or worst relationship Prana-Apana. It is not the same to drink pure water from a stream that runs under the Sun that take the water that comes in the bottle after several physical and chemical industrial processes. Nor is it equal to eating a fruit straight from the tree that eating a food that takes months circling, irradiated and frozen so it last longer before rotting. And it is not the same breathing pure air field, the beach or the mountain air of cities or the cigarette smoke.
Food, with or without Prana, can be ingested as if we consume fresh and full of energy, food products, freshly harvested, from station or to eat processed industrially or long preserved products. The difference between edible and nutritional is in power that it has food.
It can breathe air with or without Prana, as when breathing pure air in places non-toxic, where air is composed of its original molecules and energy unlike when we breathe downloaded places too heated air of the ions that give it its power vital and full of strange chemical elements.
Prana-Apana balance has to do with management we do our vital energy and the relation we can get with the environment. A good diet, meditation, Yoga and multiple routines of harmonization and detoxification, as well as Pranayama, are ways to keep a maximum of balance, Apart from the life that we lead.
Paul Rego. Yoga teacher. Masajista-Terapeuta holistic. Diploma in medicine Ayurveda of India.