A few years ago, I did a second yoga teacher training in India.
It was a month-long intensive programme which took place in the beautiful setting of the Himalayas, overlooking the Ganges.
For the 100 or so participants, it was an opportunity to experience the yogic gurukula system which basically means you live, work and study with your teachers. In this instance the teachers were yogic monks, also known as Swamies.
As the month progressed, I become both curious and somewhat in awe of their energy. They would run sessions that commenced pre-dawn, having already done their own practices, continued to work throughout the day and at times late into the evening. Yet they always looked well rested, healthy, and at ease.
Any intensive training can be, at times, challenging. However, I also began to need less sleep and less food– instead drawing energy from another source.
That other source is primary energy and you don’t need to head to the Himalayas, or become a yogic monk, to tap into it.
What is Primary Energy?
Have you heard the rule of three … “you can last 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water but only three minutes without air”?
Well, ‘air’ is just one of the many translations of the sanskrit term, prana. Also translated as ‘lifeforce’, ‘the breath’, ‘the breath of life’, ‘vital or primary energy’ – to name just a few.
As well as many translations of the word prana, there are also many interpretations of its meaning.
In yogic philosophy, prana, at its highest level, is linked to creation itself, spans the entire universe and also transcends all creation. Okay if you say it quick, right?