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.
Samana Vayu is located between the bottom of the heart and the navel, in the area of the solar plexus.
It is considered the ‘balancing’ vayu because it is the vayu that connects the prana and apana vayus.
It is seen to help the inward and outward flowing vayus to coordinate the currents of prana throughout the body.
Samana Vayu holds within it the power of digestion and metabolism and controls the functioning of the abdominal organs and glands. It works to separate nutrients from toxins, both literally and figuratively, as it is the ‘fire of digestion’.
From an energetic and mental perspective, the Samana Vayu discerns the good from the bad. It supports clarity of mind, strength of character and an expansive self-awareness.
It relates to the fire element and the Manipura—Solar Plexus—Chakra.
To learn more about Samana 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.