Derived from Sanskrit, vyana meanins "outward-moving air" and vayu means "wind." In the Hindu tradition, the five elements - fire, earth, water, air (wind) and ether - are represented as vayus. The vyana vayu is connected with the element of water. It has no specific seat or location, but runs through all the nadis of the body (of which there are more than 72,000 pathways), thereby connecting all functions of the body.
The vyana vayu is the energy governing the connection of the senses, muscles and skin, and is associated with the svadisthana chakra. It is also responsible for the sense of balance and coordination, assisting individuals in feeling grounded and whole.
When the vyana vayu is unhealthy or imbalanced, one may feel physically or mentally clumsy, disjointed and/or otherwise altered. Balancing the vayus through practicing yoga and meditation not only promotes physical strength, but also helps the practitioner move closer to their spiritual aspirations.