Prana and Apana Vayu

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Prana and Apana Vayu

This week learn to balance the two subtle breaths called Prana Vayu and Apana Vayu along with Yoga Sutra 2.12 and Asana classes emphasizing intelligent, aligned and integrated movement.

One of the main objectives of Hatha Yoga is that of stimulating the Vayus in a harmonious manner.  The human being is a transformer of energy, or prana. An uninterupted flux of particles, molecules and atoms traverses our bodies, not just as solid or liquid form but also as gas, and subtle energies. Air that brings us oxygen is also charged with water vapors and subtle smells, such as the smells of nature. These play an important role in preserving health as shown by aromatherapy. Life means changes and transformations. The more active our changes and interactions with the environment are, the more we are alive, in the most dynamic sense of the word. Our body is a whirlpool of energy in the universal pranic ocean.

The yogis distinctly perceive these changes of energy with the environment. They even managed to discover the differences between each type of energy, and they named them Vayu, or subtle energy. Vayu translates as sky. The yogis understanding of Vayu is the energies that are circulated through the air. In the process of breathing, we absorb pranic energy from the surroundings through Prana Vayu. Once the energies are assimilated by the body, they are eliminated. All the functions that occur in the elimination process are Apana Vayu,

We should live balancing these two functions. If Apana fails to work properly, the organism is charged with toxins and lacks vitality and suppleness. If we stimulate Prana Vayu we also need to stimulate Apana Vayu. An important objective in Hatha Yoga is to obtain control over these Vayus. This conscious control is obtained through the control of our breath, the one function that is alternatively the expression of both Prana Vayu and Apana Vayu. While inhaling, the breath is the instrument of Prana Vayu because it brings us energy. While exhaling, the breath is the expression of Apana Vayu which eliminates the used gases(for instance CO2). The balance of the breath, of the inhalation and exhalation, determines the balance of Prana Vayu and Apana Vayu.

You may also join us at Friday Night Meditation Class for Pranayama (breathing techniques to balance Prana and Apana), Mantras to balance the mind, Mudras to balance the energy, light seated floor Asanas to balance the body and make it comfortable for meditation, Dharana to focus the mind and Dhyana, meditation to align with the Divine.

Come do Yoga & enjoy life more!

By | 2016-12-26T22:16:32+00:00 September 30th, 2014|Classes, Inspirational, Meditation, Yoga Sutras|0 Comments

About the Author:

Nirgunavathi Ananda
Nirgunavathi has studied yoga for 32 years in France, India and the U.S. She has studied Anusara Yoga with John Friend since 1998 and was licensed as an Anusara Yoga teacher in 2003. She is delighted to offer the Yoga Sutras and other life enhancing yogic themes in her playfully serious alignment based Anusara Yoga classes at Lake Center Yoga.

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