Definition - What does Vaasi Yoga mean?
Vaasi yoga is a form of yoga that focuses on the subtle inner breath (vaasi or vasi) and the channels (nadi) through which energy flows in the breathing process. Vaasi is a Sanskrit word meaning “to dwell or reside inside.” As the most advanced form of pranayama, it does not involve breathing through the nostrils, but is an inner form of breathing.
Vaasi yoga is considered by different teachers to be synonymous to or part of Siddha yoga, Kriya yoga or Gathagatham.
Yogapedia explains Vaasi Yoga
The advanced concepts of Vaasi yoga can only be learned in the presence of and with the guidance of a guru. By cleansing the nadis, Vaasi yoga allows life force energy (prana) to flow, healing the body and soul on the way to Self-realization and enlightenment. At the final stage of Vaasi yoga, the external breath is suspended and the inner breath takes over.
Vaasi yoga follows the following stages:
- The guru identifies imbalances among the nadis, which must be stabilized before practicing any type of yoga.
- The guru teaches asanas and breathing techniques to clear any waste, such as mucus, urine, sweat, gas and motion. After a time (typically three months), such practice brings the breath into control.
- Only after the breath is in control, can the practitioner (called a satguru) realize the true Self, which is the final stage.