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Moscow Sri Aurobindo Center of Integral Yoga - Practice - Antahkarana. Practice Antahkarana Pranas (winds) There are main five pranas in the body: Vyana vayu is the omnipresent wind, Udana vayu is the ascending wind, Prana vayu is the supporting life wind, Samana vayu is the wind similar to the fire, Apana vayu is the falling (descending) wind.

Moscow Sri Aurobindo Center of Integral Yoga - Practice - Antahkarana

Vyana-Vayu (the energy spreaded through the body) It pierces the whole body. It controls voluntary and involuntary muscle motion of the whole body and joints. Vyana-Vayu furthers joining contemplation and practice to any action of the body, work, motions etc. Vyana-Vayu is a pure radiance of the endless consciousness 'Self' — a subject in the highest transcendental state — Samadhi (Turiyatita). A yogin controls the process of the Vyana-Vayu breathing methods (through skin and bones). Vyana-Vayu and luminescence of aura The thin spiritual energy (Ojas) influences fire (Tejas) manifesting itself from the thin body on a physical level. Udana-Vayu (Energy that goes up) Udana-Vayu activates sense organs.

. ~ levitation, ~ jump high. Kundalini Awakening - Prana flows in Ida OR Pingala. Secrets of the Five Pranas. Following article by David Frawley adopted from his book Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-realization All that exists in the three heavens rests in the control of Prana.

Secrets of the Five Pranas

As a mother her children, oh Prana, protect us and give us splendor and wisdom. – Prashna Upanishad II.13 To change something we must alter the energy which creates it. This fact is true in the practice of Yoga. To bring about positive changes in body and mind we must understand the energy through which they work. While the subject of Prana is common in Yogic thought and while different forms of Prana may be introduced, the subject of Prana and its different subtypes is seldom examined in depth. There is an old Vedic story about Prana that we find in various Upanishads. First speech left the body but the body continued though mute. Prana has many levels of meaning from the breath to the energy of consciousness itself. On a cosmic level there are two basic aspects of Prana. Pranamaya Kosha: Yoga: Prana Vayu – Five vital forces. (also see Pranayama and Kundalini) The Vayus – Vital winds “Prana” is the one life force that permeates all living things and in fact all matter.

Yoga: Prana Vayu – Five vital forces

This cohesive, animating force is also known as “Maha Prana” or great prana. In the human body, this universal prana has been observed to move in specific ways in specific regions in the body, regulating and controlling physical and mental function. Though there are 49 distinct prana vayus or types of vayus in the body, five principle vayus or “panacha pranas” are important for the yogi to recognize. These pancha pranas are categorized as: Prana vayu, Apana vayu, Samana vayu, Udana vayu and Vyana vayu.

The practices of yoga, especially asana and pranayama, optimize the functioning of these vayus as well as bring them under our influence. 1. 2. 3. Samana vayu is associated with the element of fire. Kriya Yoga Pranayama in the Bhagavad Gita. Excerpts from God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda Page 3 of 7 Prana and Apana: Two Main Currents in the Body This present Gita verse deals with two specific functions of life force in its differentiations as prana and apana.

Kriya Yoga Pranayama in the Bhagavad Gita

As there is a "tug-of-war" on the macrocosmic scale reflecting Spirit's projecting wish to create and His opposing attracting wish to bring the many back into the One, so does this same contest in duality take place on a microcosmic scale in man's body. One expression of this positive-negative duality involves the interaction between prana and apana. There are two main currents in the body. The other main current is that of prana, which flows from the coccyx to the point between the eyebrows. The vital current flowing outward from the brain and spine to the cells, tissues, and nerves becomes attached to and clogged up in matter. Breath — Cord that Ties Soul to the Body. Excellent Pranayama Explanation from Himalayan Yoga Swami.