What is Prana?
Prana is the subtlest form of energy that underlies all physical energies such as electricity, magnetism, light, heat, etc. Prana also sustains all mental processes such as thinking, feeling, willing, and reasoning. Prana is the universal store house of energy. Prana is the manifestation of the Supreme Spirit, as the sustainer of life and forces in this world. It is due to prana that the ocean surges, the sun shines, the stars move along their definite courses, and the earth and other planets revolve around the sun. It is due to prana that the river flows through the ocean and mountains hold their heads high in the air. Without prana, there would be no life on earth, there would be no existence of any object. Without prana, nothing would exist.
In a restricted sense, prana is the vital force that sustains the life of man by performing various vital functions and keeping the body alive. Breathing is an effect of prana. By controlling the breath and by harmonizing it a Yogi, gains control over the subtle prana. This subtle prana is linked to the mind and senses.
Pranayama is the control of the vital force through the regulation of breath. When the subtle prana is controlled by the regular practice of pranayama exercises, a Yogi conquers the distractions of the mind and is enabled to control the subtle desires of the subconscious which are the cause of mental distractions,
Pranayama is a benefit for all. By regulated and harmonized breathing, life is prolonged. Pranayama is the secret of curing various diseases. It is the most effective method of energizing the body and purifying the body and mind.
Practice pranayama from this very moment and enjoy abundance of life and energy. Whenever your mind is distracted, practice a few minutes of pranayama, you will attain calmness of mind and cheerfulness of mind.