Pranayama & Cre­ativ­ity

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Pranayama means tak­ing con­trol of ‘life’ and it in­cludes not just phys­i­o­log­i­cal but also the in­ter­nal as­pects, the in­tel­lect and be­yond. It is food for all our five phys­i­o­log­i­cal sys­tems.

Prana is re­spon­si­ble for the beat­ing of the heart and breath­ing; it en­ters the body through breath and is sent to ev­ery cell through the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem. Prana is also re­spon­si­ble for the sys­tem that con­trols all sense per­cep­tions of see­ing, hear­ing, touch­ing, tast­ing and smelling.

Apana means ‘eject’, re­spon­si­ble for the elim­i­na­tion of waste prod­ucts from the body through the lungs and ex­cre­tory sys­tems. Vyana is the power by which nour­ish­ment re­ceived through di­ges­tive forces is cir­cu­lated to all parts of the body through the blood stream.

Sa­mana is for the ex­pan­sion and con­trac­tion pro­cesses of the body, the vol­un­tary mus­cu­lar sys­tem. It reg­u­lates di­ges­tion. It is re­spon­si­ble for di­ges­tion and the re­pair and man­u­fac­ture of new cells and growth. Sa­mana in­cludes the heat-reg­u­lat­ing pro­cesses of the body. Auras are pro­jec­tions of this cur­rent. With med­i­ta­tion, one can see auras of light around ev­ery be­ing. Yo­gis who do spe­cial prac­tice on sa­mana can pro­duce a blaz­ing aura at will.

Udana stim­u­lates the in­ter­nal func­tions of the body in­clud­ing the es­cape of prana (death). It rep­re­sents the con­scious en­ergy re­quired to pro­duce vo­cal sounds cor­re­spond­ing to the in­tent of the be­ing. Hence, con­trol on udana gives the higher cen­tres to­tal con­trol over the body. This prana helps one progress to higher realms.

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