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Pranayama is the final, crucial aspect of Hatha Yoga all yogis will do well to practice. We talk about pranayama in detail in Chapter 7, so we'll just say a few more words here about prana and vitality.

Prana is vitality. Mastering prana, both physical and mental, is probably the single most important aspect of Hatha Yoga. Prana powers the universe with its energy, and it's the profound connection between you and everything else. Amazingly, something as simple as a breathing technique is the first step to becoming aware of the movement of prana through your body and throughout the universe.

Even though prana can't be measured or observed, it can certainly be sensed by the yogi tuned in to its power. Wise yogis and others throughout history perceive prana on an intuitive level; those who use it will be astonished at its power. Try a little pranayama today, and you, too, will be on your way to greater awareness. Prana happens!

The Least You Need to Know

V Hatha Yoga is a balance of opposing forces.

V A trained body won't get in the way of spiritual enlightenment and can even encourage it.

V Cleanliness is next to enlightenment.

V Prana is in you, animates you, and flows through the universe.

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