Prana is the life force that fills the cosmos. It is the energy that keeps every living being alive. We absorb this energy into the body to fuel life processes. Prana takes the form of sunlight, ground, and air. Breathing is one of the ways we, human beings, intake prana.
One of the marvels of nature is that our bodies do not need to be told to breathe. From the second we are born to when we die, we inhale and exhale without thinking about it. And in turn, we take in prana that energises us and keeps us healthy. The process is natural and rather effortless, and so, we tend to take it for granted.
However, the fact is that by being conscious of our breathing, we can improve our overall wellbeing. Dr Manikantan Menon, yoga and meditation teacher at Art of Living, goes a step further and says, “Your breath is the link between your mind, body and spirit.” And hence, by breathing with control and deliberation, we can regulate our life processes, modify our state of mind, and in turn, strengthen our spiritual practices.
While plenty has been said about how controlled breathing can help our bodies and minds function better, not many of us know how it helps us spiritually. In this article, Soulveda delves into the science of breathing to understand how doing it right can help one strengthen their spiritual self.
While it may sound easy, paying attention to one’s breathing all the time is a Herculean feat that only comes with dedicated practice.
“The quality of our breathing determines the prana or energy level of our body. Hence, by regulating our breathing, we optimise our prana and in turn get closer to achieving samadhi.”