The Five Prana Vayus are the energies (pranas) of the body that regulate and control all bodily functions. The word vayu means “wind”, so the prana vayus can be thought of as the “energy winds” of the body. When these energies are balanced, the body is healthy and all of its functions are optimized. Through understanding our own imbalances of these pranas, we are able to restore the balance of these energies and the health of the body.
- Vyana Vayu is the movement of energy from the core of the body out to the extremities. It is associated with circulation and the peripheral nervous system. When it is deficient, it can lead to poor peripheral circulation and numbness.
- Udana Vayu is the ascending movement of energy in the region of the head and neck. It energizes our thought, growth, communication, and sensory perception. When it is blocked, there may be problems around communication and mental clarity.
- Prana Vayu is an inward moving energy in the region of the heart and lungs. It energizes our respiration and circulation of the heart region, as well as our sensory perception (along with Udana). When this energy is blocked or deficient, it may lead to heart and lung conditions and lethargy.
- Samana Vayu is a centering, stabilizing energy in the abdomen, and it is associated with our digestive fire or agni. It energizes our digestion and metabolism, and regulates our internal environment. Imbalance of this energy leads to digestive problems.
- Apana Vayu is the downward flowing, grounding energy in the lower half of the body. It is responsible for elimination, reproduction, and childbirth. Imbalance can lead to constipation, hemorrhoids, sexual disfunction, and menstrual problems.