The great Kriya Yoga Master, Lahiri Mahasaya, taught that everything is Prana; dynamic (Shakti) prana and static (Shiva) prana. They are two sides of the same thing (like the dark side and light side of the “Force”.) We are composed of both forms of prana. Static prana is infinite, all-knowing consciousness. It is unchanging, timeless, and has no form or physical attributes and therefore is beyond our perception. Prana Shakti is the cosmic creative energy which brings the phenomenal universe into manifestation. It has a multitude of forms and changes with time. All physical matter, and all energy and forces are Prana Shakti.
The purpose of sadhana is to cultivate the mind and body, purifying it so that it becomes capable of handling higher levels of consciousness. That is, you are cultivating your Prana Shakti so that it ascends and transforms into Prana Shiva.
When the Prana has ascended all the way up the spine to the Sahasrara (Crown) and beyond, it is 100% static. At Ajna/Kutastha, the prana is still a little bit dynamic; from 0 to 9 vibrations. The 5th Chakra (throat) is about 10 vibrations. The 4th Chakra (heart) is more dynamic at about 100 vibrations and is associated with the Air Element. The 3rd Chakra (solar plexus) is the Fire Element at about 1,000 vibrations. More dynamic still, is the 2nd chakra (sacral), the Water Element at 10,000 vibrations. The most dynamic is the 1st chakra, the Earth Element, at 100,000 vibrations.
The only way to raise your consciousness is through diligent sadhana (yoga spiritual) practice; the lower your consciousness, the more material you are, and the higher consciousness means you are the more spiritual. As you raise your consciousness, going into the inner silence or static Prana, you gain more and more influence over dynamic Prana. More than the physical benefits, cultivation practice helps us to attain the highest purpose of our lives, to become our true Selves.
AngelHeal’s upcoming advanced yoga training is coming soon. In the advanced training, we will have 108 sadhanas, with an hour devoted to learning and practicing each of 108 different meditation or other spiritual techniques. By learning them you may find a technique that is perfect suited to you and it will keep your yoga practice and teaching fresh and inspiring.