Aayu Tattva

Definition - What does Aayu Tattva mean?

Aayu tattva is the elemental force of air and is sometimes also called vayu tattva. In Hinduism and Tantrism, there are five forces of nature known as tattvas. Aayu is a Sanskrit word that means “air,” “wind” or breath; tattva means “thatness,” “reality” or “truth.”

Aayu tattva is connected with the anahata (heart) chakra, the body's energy center that is associated with love, forgiveness, compassion and acceptance. The symbol of aayu tattva is a blue circle.

Yogapedia explains Aayu Tattva

The five elemental tattvas comprise the panchabhuta, from pancha, meaning “five” and bhuta, meaning “existing” or “element.” In addition to aayu, the five tattvas include:

  • Akasha (ether or space)
  • Agni (fire)
  • Apas (water)
  • Pritvi (earth)

In the traditional Indian healing system of ayurveda, it is believed that each person's body contains aspects of all of the elements, and the one that dominates influences health and well-being. In Tantra, purifying the tattvas allows kundalini energy to ascend through the chakras.

Yoga practice can balance and purify the tattvas – more specifically, the practice of pranayama purifies aayu tattva.

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