Vayu Tattva

Definition - What does Vayu Tattva mean?

The vayu tattva is one of the five tattvas (or qualities) of primal energy in Hinduism. From Sanskrit, vayu means “wind” or “air,” and tattva means “principle." The vayu tattva is symbolized by a blue circle. It operates in the location of the chest, influencing the lungs and heart.

The vayu tattva is the element of air and is prana in the body, working to keep all functions of the body healthy. It is associated with the quality of attachment (or non-attachment), in that individuals should be attached to the well-being of the universe as a whole rather than earthly or material possessions. One can increase the influence of this tattva through a pranayama practice.

Yogapedia explains Vayu Tattva

The five basic tattvas are earth, water, fire, air and sky. Each have corresponding symbols and colors. They also have corresponding chakras: earth is associated with muladhara, water is associated with svadisthana, fire is associated with manipura , air with anahata and sky with visuddha.

The five tattvas are present everywhere and having them balanced in the body is essential to one's health. Practicing yoga is the best way to balance the five tattvas, gaining higher levels of consciousness and spiritual fulfillment.

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