Why Practice Pranayama and Meditation?
The simple answer is because it nourishes your three bodies (shariras). What are the three bodies? Briefly, from the Vedantic perspective (end of the Vedas), your gross physical body is called Shtula Sharira. Your subtle or prana body is called Sukshma Sharira. And your soul or spiritual body is called Adi Sukshma or Karana Sharira.
All three bodies share energy, but today I want to focus on the Shtula and Sukshma Shariras (physical and subtle bodies). The physical and subtle bodies influence each other. The health of the physical body is reflected in the subtle body and visa versa. Although the physical body does effect the subtle body, the subtle body is more powerful in terms of the shakti and God-force than the physical body. It influences the physical body in strong and profound ways. In fact, the subtle body governs the physical body.Â The subtle body is what animates and feeds the physical body especially through the vehicle of the breath. It’s what gives the physical body its life force.
This is why the practice of pranayama is so powerful. Pranayama makes the prana body strong and clear. How do you know your subtle body is healthy and clear? Take a look at your physical body. The physical body is the reflection of the subtle body. If your physical body is unhealthy, weak, disease-ridden, or if you are in a lot of pain, this indicates your subtle body is out of harmony, “off-line”, or clogged.
A frail or clogged subtle body not only shows up in the physical body by the way you feel physically, but it also shows up in the way you feel mentally, emotionally, and attitudinally. Your self-limiting […]