Food for thought

You can’t attend a good yoga class without hearing mention of the Sanskrit word ‘prana’, and the expression ‘pranayama techniques’. Prana means life-force, life-giving energy. Pranayama means the gathering, the storing and the wise utilisation of prana or life-force.
We gather prana from the air that we breathe, from the sun (solar prana), from the earth (ground prana), and from the food we eat. The fresher the food, and the less interference it has received the more prana it will contain. So picking an apple from a tree and eating it immediately will give you maximum prana. Drinking fresh water, eating organic fruit and vegetables ensures that you are taking in prana.
It is prana that fuels our seven main wheels of energy. Yogis call these ‘chakras’.