Why yoga and ayurveda is only about controling prana

The science of prana relating to the soul is called Yoga and the science of prana relating to the body is called Ayurveda.

Prana = (syn) vata, vayu, anila, pavana, 5 pranas – prana, samana, udana, apana and vyana. 

There are 10 pranas expounded upon in yoga (open any ancient text of yoga, they are in there)(yogaupanishad)(kundaliniupanishad) etc etc etc…

Added to the 5 pranas listed above that are from Ayurveda as well as Upanishads as well as all of the vedic texts, are the following 5 pranas:

NAGA – Burping – removes blockages of Prana and Apana and prevents gas formation in the digestive system. Constant suppression of Naga can lead to Cardiac Arrhythmia. Other functions include triggering of the vomit reflex due to indigestion and dissolving blockages of Samana Prana.

KURMA – Blinking – functions in the area of the eyes, controlling opening and closing of the eyelids. The energy of this Upa-Prana is active when we are awake and is revitalised when we sleep. Kurma protects the eyes from the penetration of dust and foreign bodies etc. Disturbance of this Upa-Prana causes uncontrolled blinking and twitching of the eyelids. The practice of Trataka provides balance and strength to Kurma, as does the chanting of OM, placing warm palms over the eyes and Asanas where the head is bent forward.

DEVADATTA – Yawning- function of Devadatta is similar to that of Samana Prana. Yawning expels gas, reducing tiredness after eating. Certain foods such as grains, onions and garlic cause fatigue. Many Yogis only eat vegetables and some milk products in order to sustain their level of vitality and thereby reduce lethargy.

KRIKALA – Sneezing – clears blockages in the respiratory system. Sneezing can also ease headache as it releases energy blockages in the head and neck. A sneeze should not be suppressed, as this may affect vertebrae in the cervical spine. In folk tales it is said that he who sneezes loudly and strongly, has a long life. Weak sneezes indicate weak vitality.

DHANANJAYA – Opening and closing of heart valves

Believe it, there are actually 30 discernable pranas of the gross body. 

Prana is the inherent ability of a jiva to perform a certain act. The 10 pranas are as under:

  1. Shrotrendriya Prana – Ability to hear
  2. Caksurendriya Prana – Ability to see
  3. Ghranendriya Prana – Ability to smell
  4. Rasanendriya Prana – Ability to taste
  5. Sparshanendriya Prana – Ability to touch
  6. Manabala Prana – Ability to think
  7. Vacanabala Prana – Ability to speak
  8. Kayabala Prana – Physical ability
  9. Shvasocchvasabala Prana – Ability to breathe
  10. Ayushyabala Prana – Ability to live.

(It is said that any living being lives only as long as his/her Ayushyabala Prana permits him/her to.)

“They call it yoga which is the method by which this cycle of birth and death ceases. It is the utter transcendence of the mind and it is of two types: Self-knowledge is of one type; restraint of the prana is the other type. However, yoga has come to mean only the latter.” (Yoga Vasistha VI. 1, 13.3)

I can go on listing quotes from texts of yoga and other vedic traditions as well as Jainism, even Buddhism and it is all the same, really.

Prana governs all the sensory and motor functions of the body. The correct balance of vata creates health of the physiology and the mind. 

Maybe this is to hard to understand for most that read it.

Prana is the main governing force/life giving force that then can be broken down into more detail as to its sub groups of how it functions. It controls your everything. The movement of your food through digestion to the cell dividing and creation of new cells. It is responsible for your breathing, it is absolutely not your breath as food has prana, water has prana, air has prana……….. It is what makes both yoga and Ayurveda what they are.

No where at all does it mean that prana or energy is anything you want it to be? Nor does it mean that it will function as you want it to just by thinking it at will. In fact, it means just the opposite. And I would say, yes, this is my opinion, that having all of this detail spread out to minute detail and excepted in sciences of such depth such as yoga and Ayurveda as well as backed up as core of Buddhism and Jainism and others… would have a good enough validation to say that it is not what ever you just want it to be. Great sciences are based upon it as well as medicinal systems like Chinese Medicine has its equivalency of Chi and Greek medicine where Allopathic medicine of today comes from had its equivalency of wind.

Excess thinking aggravates and imbalances prana. In fact it is the main cause of many diseases in Ayurveda, which is a 10,000 years old time tested science rather than a less than 200 year old allopathic medicine of today which only in the last 10 to 15 years has started to come around to accepting that there is a such thing as energy at all but yet does not actually accept the notion of prana/chi/energy.

Improper use (excess, lack, or improper) of the sense organs aggravates and imbalances prana and the mind’s functions. The more externally focused the senses are the more prana is depleted and imbalanced.

Excess exercise aggravates and imbalances prana. Exercise by Western exercise theory aggravates and imbalances prana greatly. Sex also depletes prana as well as Ojas.

Actually, everything in a Western lifestyle is excessively prana depleting and imbalancing. Sorry. And the more technological and advanced we get the more it draws us away from health, self, and is imbalancing.

Prana itself is the fundamental reason for all disease. Without prana being at the source, disease would not exist.

So this is why ALL yogic texts explain how to control prana. This is why yogasana is ONLY about balancing prana. The health of the material body depends upon it and is the science of asana. This is why yoga pranayama is ONLY about balancing and building capacity of prana. This is why the proper movement of prana or lack of is Yoga, Niroddha, Samadhi. (all synonymous) It is not some mystical out of woo woo land thing that is imaginal, it is discernable.

And then why also is not one class being called as yoga out there understanding this as you can see by this understanding that they are all obviously based upon Western exercise. What does this say about what is being taught or how people are acting because they are “yogis”?

How to understand prana? Obviously, it is a task since it doesn’t even come from a paradigm of a western world and is subtle.

Think on this.

To be continued…………….


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