We come to the fifth and final vayu this week, Vyana Vayu. The flow of this energy is from the core to the periphery of the body. Vyana vayu pervades the entire body so is interwoven with the other vayus. It connects us to the world around us through mobility with the legs, and as we reach out with the arms. The skin is part of this connection. Body systems controlled by vyana vayu include the circulatory system, coursing throughout us, as well as the muscular, nervous, and lymphatic systems.
In standing poses and balances, Vyana vayu through the legs into the feet assists the downward grounding energy of apana vayu. Nourishing and uplifting vayus of prana and udana are assisted by vyana as we take upward arms in poses such as Warrior 1 or Tree Pose with arms raised. Feel how the energy through the arms lifts and lengthens the torso, the sides of the waist, and awakens samana vayu at the belly to support and control the meeting of rising and grounding energies.
As our bodies and minds become more supple through our yoga practice, we become less contained: we find freedom of movement and more efficient execution. Less energy is wasted- on unhelpful thoughts, feelings, actions, giving us a calm vitality. We benefit, as do those around us. It's all connected!
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.