Prana Vayus & Digestion: Yoga and Digestion — Energy & Subtle Body Connections

  • Prana vayus describe the movements or functions of prana and may be called the energetic winds.
  • There are five types of vayus and ideally all should be in balance for optimal health.
  • The two that relate closely to digestion are apana vayu (which governs elimination and downward movement) and samana vayu (connected with the absorption of food).
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Apana–Vayu is situated in the pelvic floor and its energy pervades the lower abdomen. The flow of Apana-Vayu is downwards and out and its energy nourishes the organs of digestion, reproduction and elimination. Apana-Vayu governs the elimination of all substances from the body: carbon monoxide, urine, stool, etc.

Samana–Vayu is situated in the abdomen with its energy centered in the navel. The flow of Samana-Vayu moves from the periphery of the body to the center. It governs the digestion and assimilation of all substances: food, air, experiences, emotions and thoughts.

Timothy Burgin