When the dark void of akasha is agitated by motion, a delicate energy is formed, a light blue-grey color which is also the distinctive trait of the element of air, vayu. The element of air represents all kinds of kinetic energy and even includes prana, our life energy. There are 5 different types of prana […]
In the tradition of Yoga, depending on its functions, the organs it supplies, and the part of the body where it circulates, Prana is categorized under the 5 Vayus. Vayu means “wind” or “air”. Understanding those 5 Vayus will help us find a better understanding of the Prana forces as well, and thus, leverage them in order to come closer to our innate health and vitality.
Prana Vayu means “the wind that moves forward”, and basically, it complements the Apana Vayu, by moving in the opposite direction. The Prana Vayu is responsible for the intake, while the Apana for the expulsion. The energy of the Prana Vayu flows downwards and inwards. It controls the processes through which we take energy into […]
Ultimately, all yogic practices are also about the circulation of Prana, our life energy. The apana vayu is one of the five qualities of Prana. “Vayu” means “wind” and “apana vayu” means “wind that moves away”. In Hindu tradition, the 5 elements of Fire, Earth, Water, Wind and Ether are represented by the vayus. […]
Samana vayu is the balancing and meeting point of prana and apana vayu. Midway between the pelvis and the thorax, in the area of the belly with the belly button at the centre, samana is responsible for digestion on the physical, emotional, spiritual and energy level. The way it flows is best described by a […]
Udana vayu, one of the qualities of our vital energy, can be translated as “upward wind”. It is connected to the element of aether or space, and to the Vishuddha chakra, in the middle of the neck. The activation of udana vayu is directly related to the healthy function of samana vayu and the good […]
The fifth and last one of the fundamental subfunctions of the atomic prana (or vital energy) is the Vyana Vayu. This energy permeates the entire body. It resembles tiny shiny arrows that launch with high speed to every direction. It is behind all of the other prana subcategories, and at the same time, it integrates them […]