In the Yogic and Chinese traditions, energy is described as Prana or Chi or Qi, respectively. This energy is circulated through the body as described within these traditions by various means.
Within the Chinese tradition, referring to Chi or Qi, this energy moves through the Du Mai or the Governing Meridian, the Ren Mai The Conception Meridian, and throughout the meridian system within the body, arms, and legs. The seat of this energy is located within the Superior Dantien within the head, the Dantien at the heart, and the lower Dantien near the navel of the abdomen. This is the basis for acupuncture, TaiChi, QiGong, and other practices.
Within the Yogic traditions, Prana is moved by both movement, breath, and visualization. While these disciplines are varied, All yoga traditions talk about energy pathways. While varied, they have been referred to as marma, meridians, nadis, channels, or chakras.
There are three main nadis, or pathways or channels of prana in the system. The Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna. the first two represent the basic duality, whereas the latter has no attribute. this is the clear channel or empty space. In some traditions, there are a purported 72,000 nadi that branch from the three basic nadis, which empower the body's systems. This is the basis for Ayurvedic medicine.
Likewise, there are seven primary chakras along the spine, beginning at the crown, the brow, the throat, the heart, solar plexus, below the navel, and at the base of the spine. There are also minor chakras in the hands and feet, eyes, and temples. In all, there are said to be more than 144 minor chakras. The chakras are energetic centers that have unique attributes within the mental/emotional/spiritual body.
The auric field has been described as several layers surrounding the field of the physical body which correspond with the chakras of the body.
In all traditions, the proper flowing and balance of these systems are important for the person's health.
Mindfulness, moving meditation, movement practices such as tai chi and yoga are essential for the balancing of these systems. Likewise, Reiki is uniquely effective toward promoting balance and harmony within these systems.
Because we live in a changing and dynamic world, it is important to learn about and to empower ourselves in techniques to balance this often neglected and misunderstood aspect of our Being in order to remain at our optimal state of functioning, health, and awareness.