Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Energetic flow (Vayus)
Props: Block & belt
Date Recorded: 17/04/2021
Prana (Life-force energy) can be subdivided into 5 energetic components called Vayus (winds) which describe distinct qualities, functions and directional flows of Prana. If a Vayu becomes imbalanced, it can lead to dis-harmony and ill-health both physically and mentally By bringing awareness and focus to these energetic qualities/directions of energy flow, the Vayus can be controlled and cultivated so we can create optimal health and well-being and deepen our awareness of our body and breath . This Ashtanga practise moves through the Ashtanga sequence and focusses on 3 of the 5 vayus, with an emphasis on preparing for Urdhva Dhanurasana in the finishing sequence.
1. Prana-Vayu: The inward and upward flow of energy (stimulated by ujjayi breath and backbends)
2. Apana-Vayu: The downward and outward flow of energy (stimulated by forward bends and seated twists and engaging mula bandha)
3. Vyana-Vayu: The movement of energy from the centre to the periphery of the body (stimulated by breath retention and sun salutations).
Complete mastery over the Vayus is not necessary to benefit from using them to improve our health, inward focus and the ability to feel the subtleties within the body. Cultivating a basic awareness of one or more of the Vayus will help us deepen our awareness of body and breath to enrich our yoga practice and achieve our greatest potential.