The energy that swirls throughout your body is called Prana. Prana is also called ‘life force energy’ in yogic and Indian Medicine traditions, among others. And, it’s this energy – this Prana – that can be intentionally moved throughout the body with our breath. The winds that move this prana so elegantly are called the Vayus.
Vayu translates directly to ‘wind’. There are five vayus – or five winds – that move Prana through our bodies. Those five vayus are Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana and Vayana. Each has its own specific function: its own way of directing prana and its own way of regulating a bodily process or system.
Apana Vayu is the moving force behind the exhalation, or the downward energy. The Apana Vayu is located in the core of the pelvis and operates mainly in the lower portion of the body.
This vayu governs your ability to eliminate what is not needed in the body, thus influencing greatly the kidneys, colon, rectum, bladder and genitals.
Apana Vayu is also the moving force behind the reproductive system.
Connected to our sense of choice and self-determination, the Apana Vayu gives us the power to filter and eliminate that which is not serving us any longer.
It is associated with the Earth element and relates to the Muladhara—or root—chakra.
To learn more about Apana Vayu and to be taken through a guided practice to cultivate and see its benefits, watch the video below:
Tapping into your Vayus is a simple way to reclaim your energy, find your grounding and self connection.