Prana vayu translates as “forward moving air” and its flow is inward and upward.
Prana vayu is situated in the heart and lungs and is responsible for the working of your respiratory system. Prana vayu is the fundamental energy in your body and directs and feeds into the four other vayus. It is responsible for your experience of the five senses, air, food and thoughts – and governs the brain and eyes. The heart chakra (anahata) is said to be the main seat of prana vayu and a blockage in this vayu can lead to depression, low energy, heart-related problems, shortness of breath or a poor immune system.
To experience prana vayu close your eyes and inhale with a focus on energy flowing up the spine from the belly to the centre of your eyebrows – the third eye. Pranayama practices such as bhastrika, nadi shodhana and ujjayi pranayama will quickly strengthen prana vayu. Along with heart-opening yoga poses like bow pose, camel pose, cobra pose, and bridge pose. To encourage this vital wind to flow upward practice inversions and bring awareness of prana vayu to any yoga pose to create a focus to lift, lengthen and open the upper body.