Prana is the Sanskrit word for Breath, Energy or Lifeforce. It is the vital principle that is present in all living things.
When we talk about pranic breathing in breathwork we refer to the phenomenon when lifeforce, energy or prana enters your being without the mechanism of the lungs, it enters through the very pores of your physical body. We call this suspended breathe and it can allow someone to ‘stop’ breathing for long periods of time.
Pranic breathing is a gentle subtle form of breathing but with consciousness.