Definition - What does Prana Vata mean?
Prana vata is one of the five types of vata, which is one of the three doshas that, according to Ayurveda, govern the human body. It is thought that prana vata is the main aspect of vata dosha and controls the remaining four kinds of vata.
Prana vata is located in the head area and flows inward from outside to inside. It controls inhalation, consumption, perception and the receival of knowledge. It is complementary to udana vata, which is responsible for movement from inside to outside and controls exhalation and elimination.
Yogapedia explains Prana Vata
It is important to keep a balanced prana vata. If the prana vata becomes out of balance, all other functions that are governed by the vata dosha may be affected. The imbalance could cause sleep issues, stress, skin problems and weak immunity. It is closely connected to the root chakra, which is responsible for grounding, and bringing a sense of wholeness and happiness.
Prana vata is also responsible for the processes of the mind. Disturbances of prana vata can create stress and anxiety. To keep prana vata in balance, regular practice of meditation, tai chi and slower forms of yoga, such as Hatha or Yin yoga, are recommended.