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n. (context Hinduism yoga English) respiration, breathing, seen as a life principle or life force. (from 18th c.)


Prana (, ) is the Sanskrit word for " life force" or vital principle. In Hindu philosophy including yoga, Indian medicine, and martial arts, the term refers collectively to all cosmic energy, permeating the Universe on all levels. Prana is often referred to as the "life force" or "life energy". It also includes energies present in inanimate objects. In the literature, prana is sometimes described as originating from the Sun and connecting the elements of the Universe. This life energy has been vividly invoked and described in the ancient Vedas and Upanishads.

In living beings, this universal energy is considered responsible for all bodily functions through five types of prana, collectively known as the five Vāyus. Ayurveda, tantra and Tibetan medicine all describe Praṇā vāyu as the basic vāyu from which all the other vāyus arise. Indologist Georg Feuerstein explains "The Chinese call it chi, the Polynesians mana, the Amerindians orenda, and the ancient Germans od. It is an all-pervasive 'organic' energy."

Prana (band)

Prana are Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Nick Taylor, and Andy Guthrie, a Goa trance project from Japan. They were one of the most acclaimed pioneers of Goa Trance music style. They formed around 1995.

Usage examples of "prana".

Without hesitation, she flicked them off and renewed her relationship with Amdhu, Arun, Prana, and the rest of the family.

Aunt Kastori and I forage about for Pachali faces, but terribly bloated features make it difficult to recognize Amdhu, Rama, Prana, Shira, Arun, the twins, Uncle Chupar, Shakur.

I will not remain for the offering of the pindas, nor will I perform the annual ceremony for the spirits of Prana or her family.

A weird groaning noise came out of his throat and he pushed the prana, the pure energy, out of him and at the Astronomer.

The prana bored through the lines of power surrounding the Astronomer and turned them inside out.

Breathing in the vital force of prana, do not hasten to breathe it out again, but hold it a while in your lungs.

That man has achieved enlightenment who, after breathing in prana in the evening, does not breathe it out again until the dawn light.

India they call it prana, and the ancient Egyptians used to call it sekhem.

The etheric double, cut off from the supply of prana, or etheric vitality, which it derives from the sun while in incarnation, and not yet adjusted to its new condition, is apt to draw this vitality from whatever source may be available to it.

This includes contacting the subtle patterns or energies of our physical covering -the pranas, chakras and physical tattwas - or enlarging consciousness of our human mind structure.

Hungry, they dove into their lunch, going through the pile of pranas, salad, and bread quickly.

In a moment of conciliation, the mother of the bride even asked the father of the groom for his pranas recipe and they all gathered round the table for a final toast to the bride and groom.

Even the pranas she and Garran had eaten for lunch turned out to be a significant part of the water purifiers.

Great Wheel, Amanda told herself mantrically, as Dexter Lampkin used the relatively tame reaches of Mulholland Highway between Old Topanga and Las Virgenes to put on a display of phallocratic Porschely prana, screaming through the mild curves, roaring down the straightaways, passing everything he could find to pass by dropping down a gear and then standing on it in a manner that had the engine shrieking and roaring like a scalded leopard.

This includes contacting the subtle patterns or energies of our physical covering -the pranas, chakras and physical tattwas - or enlarging consciousness of our human mind structure.