As I sat there watching the incredible and fantastically awesome new Star Wars movie, ‘The Last Jedi’. The old brain cogs started whirring and parallels were drawn between The Force and Prana (Life Force in yoga). I thought, yoga is Star Wars, Star Wars is yoga! Far out!
Now I have thought this before in other Star Wars movies, but in The Last Jedi the parallels seemed so similar.
So what is Prana? Prana is a concept in yoga of a universal energy that is all around us and that flows through our body. Prana is literally translated as ‘Life Force’. Prana, when around us, flows through what Yogis believe to be the Subtle Body, along channels called Nadis. When you practise yoga you are moving and controlling prana. Oooh a bit Eastern witchcraft-y isn’t it!
In Star Wars what is The Force? The Force as Luke Skywalker beautiful put it: “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” This same quote has also been said by Obi Wan Kenobi in A New Hope.
And how do you access The Force? You sit in a yoga posture and breathe! Which is remarkably similar to how one practises moving prana in yoga. In one scene, Luke Skywalker asks Rey to sit crossed legged and says to Rey: “Breathe. Just breathe. Now reach out.”. Doesn’t this sound very similar to what you might hear in a yoga class?
The parallels continue, in the movie they bring in the concept of light and dark and bringing about balance between the two “Light. Darkness. A balance”. In yoga, the ultimate aim of practising is to bring about balance in the nadis (ida and pingala) so that Prana rises up sushumna Nadis and you reach Samadhi (yogic enlightenment).
So to conclude, Prana is The Force. Yoga is awesome and now really really cool. Do yoga and use The Force! And one day you might be able to float and control peoples minds!
*Yoda image found at: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yoda