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prana

[prah-nuh] /ˈprɑ nə/
noun
1.
Yoga, Jainism. the vital principle.
2.
Yoga. one of five vital breaths moving in the body.
Origin of prana
1820-1830
1820-30; < Sanskrit prāṇa breath
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prana

/ˈpranə/
noun
1.
(in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) cosmic energy believed to come from the sun and connecting the elements of the universe
Word Origin
from Sanskrit, literally: life-force
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Contemporary definitions for prana
noun

in yoga, the breath seen as one of the life-giving energies or forces of the universe; also, the processes of breath control; also called pranayama

Word Origin

Hindu 'breath of life'

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