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
- Metabolism through the thyroid and
- The nervous and endocrine systems
- Pain perception
- Sleep patterns
When udana vayu is balanced, the yogi
is articulate, focused, intuitive, assertive and confident.