prana

prana

[prah-nuh]
noun
1.
Yoga, Jainism. the vital principle.
2.
Yoga. one of five vital breaths moving in the body.

Origin:
1820–30; < Sanskrit prāṇa breath

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prana (ˈpranə)
 
n
(in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) cosmic energy believed to come from the sun and connecting the elements of the universe
 
[from Sanskrit, literally: life-force]

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Main Entry:  prana
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  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
Etymology:  Hindu 'breath of life'
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prana

("breath"), in Indian philosophy, the body's vital "airs," or energies. A central conception in early Hindu philosophy, particularly as expressed in the Upanishads, prana was held to be the principle of vitality and was thought to survive as a person's "last breath" for eternity or until a future life.

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