Vyana Vayu

Definition - What does Vyana Vayu mean?

The vyana vayu is one of the five energy subdivisions of prana. The vyana vayu governs the nerves, veins, joints and muscle functions and is a connecting force of energy, supporting the function of the other four vayus.

Being aware of the vyana vayu can help the yogi obtain optimum benefits from yogic practices, as the movement of prana throughout the body is the essence of yogic practice.

Yogapedia explains Vyana Vayu

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.

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