Tue 5 Jul 2011
I was teaching a Power Yoga class the other night and on the fly taught them how to move energy, or prana, through their hands into their body. It hadn’t ocurred to me to do it until I saw them relaxed in Legs Up The Wall and thought, hey I know what would give them an extra hit of wonderfulness!
Prana is that really cool blissful energy you get when you do yoga. It’s not pumped up energy, like if you’ve had too much coffee, it’s more of a calm energy that makes you feel more alive and at home in your body. It’s the way you feel after you’ve done some yoga but lately I’ve been finding that I can also give myself a hit of prana just in a few minutes of sitting and breathing. It makes me feel calm and centered and ready to face the rest of the day. Here’s how to do it:
1. Put your hands on your body. If feeling grounded is my goal, I’ll put my hands on my belly. But otherwise I’ll put my hands on my thighs, energy will move through your body to where you need it.
2. Close your eyes and establish a deep breath. A Ujjayi breath is ideal, just relax the back of your throat so your breath moves slower and becomes more windy sounding.
3. Each time you exhale visualize yourself moving energy from your body down your arms, through your hands and into your body. This can take some practice but don’t stress about it. If you’re visual, you might work on *seeing* this happen. If you’re auditory, follow the sound the your breath. If you’re more of a kinesetic person, then find an accompanying feeling.
Do this for a number of breaths until you feel that expansive calm energy. When you feel like you’ve gotten plenty of oxygen slow your exhales down a bit more so you can really focus on moving the prana.
If your hands heat up, it’s just the energy warming them as if you rubbed your hands together and got the energy cooking that way. If you don’t feel like you’re achieving anything, just trust that you are and have patience. Remember that anything you do with intention will move you toward your goal.
When you feel comfortable with this you can do it anytime. When you’re stuck in rush hour try it one-handed. If you’re waiting for an appointment or standing in line try it with your eyes open. Try a distance prana hit by sending energy from your hands even when they’re not right against your body. It’s a much better use of your time than stressing out about things you can’t control.
After you’ve had some practice try doing it for someone else. When my son is unsettled before bed I put my hands on his torso and give him a hit of prana. It always helps him get a little more calm. He says when i put my hands over his eyes for the prana hit it makes him feel really tired. But you know what’s really cool? However I do it, I get a prana hit too. It makes me feel calmer and then i’m less concerned about whether he’s going to go right to sleep or not. And I’m sure if I’m calmer, he is too.