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We started off this class doing a bit of a review of what we learned so far to date in the Yoga Advanced Practitioners Course. We followed this a little talking a little bit about Prana Vayu. Prana Vayu are the forces at work in the body. They move inwards, outwards, upwards and downwards. We mainly focused on two (2) this day. They are as follows:
Udana Vayu – The Upward Force
Connecting to the inhale and concentrated physically from the navel up towards the throat. This acts as the force of speach, singing, vomiting, and is said to carry the soul on to other births after death. On a subtle level this relates to enthusiasm, effort, and mental growth. Udana is responsible forlifting up of your body and mentality on an energetic, directional level; both inside the body and inside your life. Two (2) different currents of energy are said to move upwards; prana and udana, but the movement patterns are slightly different. Udana rises up along the spine and acts as the force of speech, and is concentrated mostly in the upper chest and throat area. Udana is also the force by which kundalini rises and which the spirit leaves the body a few days ater the physical body dies. Prana which has it’s home in the head moves inwards through respiration and has a general movement of expanding and lifting.