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The breath of life

In the same way as God blows life into his creation made out of mud in The Bible, Prana is the vital force, the cosmic energy obtained through breathing.
In many languages, the words Spirit and Breath are the same. In Sanskrit it is Prana, in Latin it is Spiritus, in Hebrew it is Ruach. In our language, “inspiration” means “to take the Spirit”.
Meaning, we awaken to the force of life with our very first inhalation, and we inhale once more into our Creator with our last exhalation.
The force of life dances in the breath, but it is also the engine which dynamises the entire Creation. Thus, the inhale-exhale is just a manifestation of the creative force.


In the science of Yoga, Prana is one of the five bodies or covers (wrappings) which compose ourselves as an entire self.

  • Annamaya Kosha – body of food.
  • Pranamaya Kosha – vital force, moves the breath, among others.
  • Manomaya Kosha – mental cover, contains the sense of past, present and future and the Ego.
  • Vijñanamaya Kosha– conscious, intuitive understanding.
  • Ananmaya Kosha– wrapping or cover of pure joy.

Prana Shakti, the power of life, Intertwined between the material reality and the transcendental reality dwells Prana (life) or Prana-shakti (life force).
This is an all pervading force which sustains every animated thing, in its universal cosmic aspect, it is known as Mukhya-prana.
The word Prana is composed of its prefix: pra and its verbal root: na (breath)
We can find references of the use of this Word back to archaic times, in the Rig Veda.
In the Atharva Veda (chapter 15), back some 4.500 years ago, they found the division of the vital force functioning within the human being as a group of engines which dynamised the different aspects of the organic, nervous and psychical functions, governing them from the moment of our conception until the moment of our death.


Recommended poses for Pranayama lying down. Shavasana helps the organic and nervous body to calm down and to enter into silence. Do not disdain the pose because it seems simple.
The woman’s body is really grateful to the practice of Pranayama, lying down, as it avoids collapsing and tightening in times of great activity. This is always preliminary to the Pranayama in a seated position. Where to stop, where to start inhaling, exhalation is an art that requires listening.
It prevents heat waves, and congesting the brain. Pranayama, lying down, settles the nerves and the organic body, everything becomes smooth inside.

Shavasana on the floor, blanket, neck, eyes covered

  • Do not resist falling asleep, let go of the alert state.
  • The brain gets softer and descends so that all the liquids that lubricate it may circulate freely.
  • The skin opens, do not manipulate the breath, soft, slow breath…

Support the central body with a blanket
Indicating where to awaken the axial area and the medular centre.
Abdomen softens, release groin tension and upper shoulder.
Difference between upper chest and upper part of the abdomen.
Inhalation at the back of the chest and broaden the sides.
Inferior ribs broadening towards the sides of the torso and the chest gradually goes higher.
Deep and slow inhalation, deep and slow exhalation x 3.Rest between breaths.
Learn how to model the breath inside the chest. Reach the highest point of the torso.
Find the length of the internal sternum bone.
The dorsal centre supports the heart area, breathe so the dorsal centre expands itself and helps the extension of the sternum dome.

Pectoral Opening

  • Adjust the blankets so that the pectoral region expands itself and you are still comfortable. One blanket may be too little and two may be too much.
  • We expose and open the area under the nipples, we work there with the breath as it is a place where the breath does not reach normally.
  • 3 deep, slow breaths, rest between breaths.
  • It may hurt a little, as new areas in ribs and armpits are being opened.

Blankets under buttocks
Check the lengthening, lumbar, dorsal, cervical.
The area under the nipples is opened, it naturally expands.
There is space at the back of the throat and the abdominal region.
Check for space without manipulation, without thoughts.



General Summary Shavasana is the most suitable posture for lying down pranayama. Shavasana helps the organic and nervous body calm down and synthesise in silence. Do not make the mistake of dismissing this posture because it looks simple. A Woman’s body really appreciates the practice of lying down Pranayama as it avoids collapse and hardening. When we have had a period of time doing a lot of activity, it is always performed before sitting Pranayama. It avoids suffocation, avoids congesting the brain. When do we begin or stop inhalation? Exhalation is an art which requires hearing. Lying down Pranayama clears the nerves and the organic body, everything softens inside.

Study guide
Support the central body and neck with blankets
Position for awakening the axial axis and in turn, the core centre.
Abdomen softens – releases tension in groins and upper shoulder.
Difference between back of thorax and upper part of abdomen.
Inhalation at the back of the thorax and broadens to the sides.
Inferior ribs broaden to the sides and the chest raises gradually.
Deep and slow inhalation, Deep and slow exhalation x 3. Rest between inhalations and exhalations. Learn to shape the breath with the torso. Reach the peak of the torso.
Find the length of the internal sternum.
Dorsal core supports the heart area, breathe in such a way that the inner dorsal core expands slightly and helps the expansion of the peak of the sternum.

Pectoral opening
Adjust blankets so the thoracic area expands and you can still find it comfortable, one blanket may not be enough, and two blankets may be too many.
We expose and open the area below the nipples, we work there with the breath, as it does not usually reach that area.
3 deep, slow breaths – rest in-between.
You may feel discomfort as new areas open: ribs and arm pits.

Blanket for the neck, cover your eyes
Do not resist sleep, release the alert state.
The soft brain descends to the good circulation of the liquids that lubricate it.
The skin opens – do not manipulate the breath, soft-slow.

Blankets under the buttocks
Check the lengthening of the lumbar, dorsal and cervical areas.
Keep this final part as long as the lengthening is kept.
The area under the nipples has been opened, it expands naturally.
There is space at the back of the throat, in the abdominal region.
Check the space without manipulating it, without thoughts.