There are Three Pillars of Health that pervade, interpenetrate, and integrate the subtle and gross bodies. Although we speak of them as three separate principles, they are in essence three expressions of one life-sustaining power. This power adopts these three fundamental forms in order to create, preserve, and destroy whatever is necessary for the expression of embodied existence.
When we neglect the Three Pillars, Prana (lacking direction), degrades into Vata, the dosha (flaw) of instability and extreme catabolism; Agni (lacking focus), degrades into Pitta, the dosha of deficiency and improper metabolism; and Ojas (lacking order), degrades into Kapha, the dosha of excess and disproportionate anabolism.
The first of these forms or expressions is Prana, the life force. Prana is the animating principle that confers action to every layer of existence. In the layer of ego, Prana manifests as the sound vibration in the core of the heart. In the layer…
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