What Is “Pranic Energy”?

Large statue of Hanuman, son of Vayu Devata, the lord of winds. Hanuman’s father was also known by the name Prāṇa as well.

It’s 2022, and from all of us at the Inprana clinic, we hope you had a fulfilling and joy-filled holiday season!

To help start things with positive energy this year, let’s pick up from our first entry about the meaning of Inprana as the inspiration and underlying concept that helps inform our services at the clinic.

If you remember from our last blog, Inprana can be most easily translated in English as a word that means “life force.” We also touched on how this concept influences a lot, from our pop culture, to similar thoughts being found around the world like “qi” in ancient Chinese medicine, or in the Latin term “anima,” which roughly translates to “life force” as well.

For today let’s dive a little deeper into the history of “prana” and how it can be categorized as one of the “vāyus,” or “winds” of our body.

While we use the spelling “Inprana” at the clinic to invoke the idea of your life force or pranic energies being in action to help encourage your natural healing process.

Another way to spell prana when dealing with the “vāyus” is “prāṇa.” Prāṇa is considered the basic vāyu. It is one of the five major “winds” itself and is considered the root from which the others arise. Here is a chart that breaks down the five winds for curiosity’s sake. You may notice that just as chakras are concerned with different parts of the body, the vāyus are organized and provide a similar map of the body’s pranic energies.

Name of WindLocationFunction
The vital life force. Leads to a balanced and calm mind and
The “diet” life force. Balanced apāna leads to a healthy
digestive and reproductive system.
Balanced udāna leads to a healthy respiratory system, clarity of speech, healthy mind, and thoughts.
SamānaNavelBalanced samāna leads to a healthy metabolism.
VyānaPulmonary systemBalanced vyāna leads to a healthy heart, circulation and
balanced nerves.
Source: Roots of Yoga, Pg. 191, Mallinson & Singleton

It’s interesting to note from ancient philosophies around the world, to how we incorporate them into our methodology for treatment, the core concepts remain relatively similar. We can see in this light, “Pranic Energy” is simply a way to conceptualize and assess one’s whole body health to encourage their natural healing abilities by promoting the movement of positive energies, and the release of negative ones.

If you’d like to learn more, or in what ways this idea informs the clinic’s services we’d love to tell you more, and are always here to answer your questions.

Stay tuned to our blog Pranic Thoughts as well, as we’ll be exploring our individual services to break down how prana and similar concepts help to holistically inform our work!

– Dr. Rogini Thirukkumaran D.C., BSc. – Shakti Chiro

Your Holistic Chiropractor, Energy Healer, and Founder of Inprana Integrative Healing

*Disclaimer: Energy healing releases any energy blockages or improves pranic energy which allows regeneration of tissues at a cellular level and stimulates innate healing mechanisms of the body. It does not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure illness.

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