Prana Shakti

Definition - What does Prana Shakti mean?

In yoga philosophy, prana shakti is the primordial cosmic energy that governs all physical functions. Prana is life force energy and shakti is associated with feminine or creative energy.

Prana shakti is one of three forms of shakti that energizes the body, mind and soul. Chitta shakti controls the mind, while atma shakti is associated with the soul.

Yogapedia explains Prana Shakti

In Hatha yoga, when the prana shakti and chitta shakti are in balance, the harmony of the two types of energy open the door for atma shakti. This harmony may also help the yogi to feel an increase in energy and confidence, while experiencing a higher level of consciousness and a peaceful mind. An imbalance leads to physical, mental and emotional illness.

Prana shakti is associated with the pingala nadi, the channel through which mental energy flows. The pingala nadi travels the length of the spinal cord, weaving in and out of the chakras. It mirrors the ida nadi, which is the channel for chitta shakti. When pingala nadi is free from blockages, prana shakti flows freely.

Methods for balancing shakti include yoga asanas, pranayama, mudras and meditation with particular focus on the chakras. One of the most effective ways of balancing the nadis and their associated shaktis in yoga practice is through a form of pranayama called nadi shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing. With the fingers of one hand, the yogi alternately closes the nostrils while he/she completes one cycle of breath in and out through the open nostril. Through the breath, the yogi invites prana shakti into the body.

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