In the opening scene of the Kite Runner, we witness two friends taking command of nature’s air as they fly their kites through the village, out into the open landscape and into a vast competition, where each participant has learned how to master the wind, allowing them to fly their kites in an amazing chorography and dance. As two of the kites appear to collide, we gasp, hold our breath, blocking our own inner winds, only to witness the kite master’s precision in creating a shift and find the kite flying a new rhythm, a new current.
We too have the ability to ride the winds of our prana vayus. Within the body, prana is divided into different forms each with its own function and location. These different energy currents are called vayus, inner winds, or energy movement. According to Ayurvedic philosophy there are ten vayus that perform ten functions, five major and five minor. The five major prana vayus are Udana (circular movement of prana), Prana (upward movement of prana), Samana (horizontal movement of prana), Apana (downward movement of prana) and Vyana (all pervasive movement). Each of us has these internal currents of energy that flow within us and when we feel out of control, tapping into the prana vayus and shifting our inner winds, can bring us back to optimal health.
In our therapeutic yoga, the prana vayus play an important role in assisting our client’s journey to a balanced state of body, mind and spirit. Each vayu travels it own channel and is intimately linked with a system of our body, an element, and one or more chakras. When a vayu is out of balance, that system of the body tends to also be imbalanced. And, when imbalance occurs, we invite all sorts of disorders and dis-eases to emerge. We can also rely on one vayu too much in our daily living which is the case with stress induced disorders. When one vayu becomes prominent over all others, both hyper and hypo conditions of our physical body can occur.
At NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness our approach is to help clients bring awareness to their vayus, find imbalances and then choose the appropriate Langhana and Brahmana tools, of pranayama, asana, meditation, and mudra to allow the client, just like the kite, to soar once again, unobstructed and untangled. Interested in your own prana vayu assessment? We would be happy to help you understand how to soar unobstructed.
NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120. We are not a walk-in studio, we operate as a private center for our clients. All classes and private sessions require a RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.