Have you ever heard of prana? Our lifeforce, the energy permeating the entire Universe at all levels and dimensions? BKS Iyengar states, “It is physical, mental, intellectual, sexual, spiritual and cosmic energy. All vibrating energies are prana. All physical energies such as heat, light, gravity, magnetism and electricity are also prana” (Light on Pranayama, 12). He continues for another three pages about the definition of prana so it’s impossible to describe it in one blog post. However, it is also the oxygen and life force that bathes our cells when we breathe, allowing us to continue living. Prana permeates everything and it is our connection with it that determines the degree to which our innate beauty is expressed.
There are many ways people look at beauty, most of them superficial. However, I will be talking about two very important paths to beauty: the food we eat and the yoga we do. Food contains prana, energy, vitality. Some foods vibrate at a higher frequency than others. For example, organic, raw broccoli vibrates at a higher energetic level than do chicken nuggets from Buger King. The energetics of food is another fascinating topic entirely. When we breathe clean, fresh air, we are taking in prana. When we do yoga, we connect breath with movement and certain asanas (yogic postures) allow the breath to get deeper into our tissues and cells. As we continue to practice yoga, the prana inside us cleases and purifies us, detoxes our internal organs and every cell in our body, and allows our bodies to function at a higher level. The same thing happens with foods that vibrate at a higher energetic level.
The food we eat and the air we breathe (deeply and with intention) can either destroy us from the inside out or heal and transform us. So as we start to connect with the food we eat and its effects on our bodies, and start to breathe deeply and with consciousness, our relationship with ourselves starts to evolve and deepen. We no longer will accept sub-optimal foods inside our bodies. Breathing and yoga become a way of life. The prana flows inward, only to be radiated outward in our renewed enthusiasm for the beauty of life, deeper love in our hearts, healthier brains, skin, eyes, teeth, nails. It all starts to glow from an internal source and your eyes shine with health and joy and your body no longer has to make compromises to keep you alive. And people see it in your face, your skin, your smile.
So when you think about the food you eat and the air you breathe, seriously consider if what you’re ingesting is best for you. Sub-optimal food shows up on your face. Cigarettes and marijuana and alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine all show themselves eventually, if not now. Meat from animals that have been raised conventionally (not humanely or pasture-raised), with fear in their hearts and with torture and misery being a daily occurrence, will effect you energetically and at the cellular level, permeating every part of your body.
So breathe deep, practice with intention, choose high quality, ethical foods and shine bright!
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Jenna Pacelli is a Holistic Health Coach studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She coaches yoga practitioners and techies in the San Francisco Bay Area struggling with energy levels, stress reduction and weight management. With a focus on aligning their lives with their values, her clients create lasting change and fully embodied health and wellbeing.
Jenna believes that by creating health and wellness at the physical, emotional and mental levels, it is inevitable that joy and a deep understanding of one’s purpose follow.
Top photo courtsey of Magdalene Kourti