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Breathe - 5 Vayas Table

Breathe - 5 Vayas Table

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Published by Gina Tricamo
The Five Vayus Table - material adapted from International Yoga Journal and Table graphic design by Danielle Velazquez-Tricamo.
The Five Vayus Table - material adapted from International Yoga Journal and Table graphic design by Danielle Velazquez-Tricamo.

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Published by: Gina Tricamo on Oct 27, 2011
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Breathe - the Vital Life ForceEzekiel 37: 5, 6, 9-11 & 14God, the Master told the dry bones, “Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on yourbones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive andyou’ll realize that I am God.”“Come breath. Breathe on these slain bodies. Breath life!”“The Breath entered them and they came alive! They stood up on their feet, ahuge army.”“I’ll breathe my Life into you and you’ll live.”The Five VayusOur Life Force is expressed through Prana (Breath) and divides itself into fiveVayus, each governing different functions and aspects of energy within thedepth of our existence.Vayu Area of Body FunctionPrana Chest, head Governs intake, inspiration, propulsion,forward momentumApana Pelvis Governs elimination, downward andoutward momentumSamana Naval Governs assimilation, discernment,inner absorption, consolidationUdana Throat Governs growth, speech, expression,ascension, upward movementVyana Whole Body Governs circulation on all levels,expansiveness, pervasiveness
 
PRANAVAYU – the energy force which initiates active life is said to pervade the body in5 ways. The word VAYU is comparable to nerve current, or impulse, and is also thegroup term for Prana. The 5 VAYUS govern the autonomic functions of the bodythrough their controlling effect on the Autonomic Nervous System.
THE 5 VAYUS ARE
1.
PRANA
which circulates above the waist, governing respiration and the action of the voice through the cervical portion of the Autonomic N.S. It flows naturally inan upward direction.
2.
APANA
circulates below the waist into the lower abdomen and governs theorgans of excretion and reproduction through the lumber portion of theAutonomic N.S. The natural flow is downward.
3.
SAMANA
governs the organs of digestion through the thoracic region of theAutonomic N.S.
4.
UDANA
governs the vocal chords and speech mechanism through the cephalicdivisions of the Autonomic N.S. This VAYU is said to be responsible for theseparation of the subtle body from the physical at the time of death. It alsoenables thoughts to be expressed, regulates the air supply and regulates thetension of the vocal chords.
5.
VYANA
said to permeate the whole body and govern the blood and lymphaticcirculatory system and control muscle activity. VYANA also helps to keep thebody upright by generating unconscious reflexes along the spine. Said also togovern the flow of the nervous system.During PRANAYAMA,
pranavayu
is generated during inhalation and
apanavayu
duringexhalation. Certain PRANAYAMA techniques practiced with MUDRAS and BANDHAScause a reversal to the normal upward flow of 
pranavayu
and the downward flow of 
apanavayu
. This in turn causes them to join at the solar plexus chakra (Manipura)where great heat may be generated and directed down to the base of the spine, theresting place of the
Kundalini Shakti.
It is said that the heat generated is so great that Kundalini awakens, causing raw pranicenergy to flow quickly through the SUSHUMNA. Each chakra awakens during thisprocess, the aim being to carry the Prana up to the highest chakra – SAHASRARA andthen uniting negative (Shakti) and positive (Shiva) conscious energy.

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