The real power of Yoga lies in the ability to access, nourish and vitalize the concept of Prana. Prana, also called “vital-life-force, ” is the most subtle element of our human construct. This is the reason why many Yogins developed methods and tools to influence Prana in a positive way.
Primary among these methods is Pranayama, one of the most important tools in the practice and application of Yoga. The power and potentials of these subtle breathing practices are often underestimated or misunderstood in contemporary times. The Haṭhayogapradīpikā even implies that the state of Yoga can only be achieved through Pranayama and states it as the most fundamental practice in Haṭhayoga. Pranayama not only aids us to enhance our own personal practice as many believe, but can also be administered for health, vitality and even our spiritual growth.