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In Aryuvedic medicine, the Sanskrit word "prana", which means life force, is used to describe the vital energy that animates life. Similar to concept of qi in traditional Chinese medicine, prana is power that connects body, mind and spirit to function as one individual. Prana is the essence associated with air and breath. Although prana does not mean air in the physical sense, oxygen is a vehicle through which prana is "seen" in material form. The breathing techniques and exercises practiced in yoga are designed to help focus and enhance this vital life force.