Definition - What does Prana Vayu mean?
The prana vayu is one of the five energy subdivisions of prana, and is considered one of the most important. It is situated in the head and is considered the fundamental energy. Prana vayu is responsible for the reception of everything into the body from air to food, senses to thoughts.Being aware of the prana vayu can help an individual obtain optimum benefits from yogic practices as the movement of prana throughout the body is the essence of yoga.
Yogapedia explains Prana Vayu
Vayu is a Sanskrit word meaning "wind" and prana vayu means “forward-moving air.” In the Hindu tradition, the five elements - fire, earth, water, air (wind) and ether - are represented as vayus. The prana vayu is connected with the element of air and is the energy of the third/spiritual eye. The prana vayu is located at the heart center.
The prana vayu and apana vayu work together by moving in opposite ways – the prana vayu receives while the apana vayu eliminates – and are considered the two most important of the five vayus. The prana vayu is the energy governing the acceptance of substances and information (such as thoughts or senses), as well as operating the brain, sense organs, heart, lungs and throat areas.
Balancing the vayus through practicing yoga and meditation not only promotes physical strength, but also helps the yogi move closer to their spiritual aspirations.