Pranayama & Creativity
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.