Definition - What does Udana Vayu mean?
Udana vayu is one of the five vayus, or subdivisions of prana, each of which has specific qualities, functions and directions of flow. Udana vayu is located in the throat and flows in a circular manner around the neck and head. This vayu regulates speech, growth and self-expression. Derived from Sanskrit, this term translates as “ascending air.”
Yogis can control the energy of udana and other vayus by bringing their awareness and focus to them. Such awareness allows the yogi to cultivate health and well-being.
Yogapedia explains Udana Vayu
Udana vayu directs prana and/or kundalini energy from the lower to upper chakras, and nourishes the visuddha and ajna chakras, in particular. Udana vayu also serves as a channel from the lower to the upper levels of consciousness.
Through yoga practice, prana is activated and circulated via the udana vayu. Inversions, such as sarvangasana, halasana and sirsasana, help balance the udana vayu as does pranayama breathing exercises and meditation.
Udana vayu affects the following:
- Communication, expression and language
- Metabolism through the thyroid and parathyroid glands
- The nervous and endocrine systems
- Pain perception
- Sleep patterns
When udana vayu is balanced, the yogi is articulate, focused, intuitive, assertive and confident.