Chest Opening for Pana Vayu
This 50 minute intermediate hatha yoga class is all about the chest opener and pec stretch. If you have chest and shoulder pain you are going to love these yoga poses. These yoga exercises are specifically for the ayurvedic body type kapha dosha as they focus on the chest opener. The pranayama or breath practices with twists, upper body mudra and backbends are fabulous for ayurveda kapha, heart chakra and heart chakra healing. If you are looking at opening the chakras, particularly the anahata chakra this hatha yoga class is for you. The chakra opening for the love chakra will help you take in prana (or energy) through pranayama of breath into your chest or thoracic and lung area. This class is excellent for those with excessive kapha, suffering from depression or heart disease.
This week we will focus on the second line of the Ayurdehi mantra:
May the upward moving energy be nourished
There are five main vayu functions in your body. Click here for the video
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Today we are focusing on prana vayu, which takes place mostly in your thoracic/rib cage area. Anything that has to do with absorption or inward movement of prana are prana vayu. The vayu as a whole have to do with your pranic body or pranamaya kosha.
Prana vayu literaly means foward moving air and it moves inward toward the center of your body. It is your in breath. Prana vayu is related to the ida channel of your sushumna.The main seat of prana vayu is in your heart (hrdayam) which ensures that your heart goes on beating, but it is also said to be located at the tip of your nose (where you take prana in via your in breath), in your naval (where you received prana from your mother via your umbilical cord.)
Prana vayu is not only responsible for your inhalation, but also for the separation of solid, liquid and gaseous food substances within your duodenum – how you get prana/life force from your food. As well as food, prana vayu is also responsible for the energy coming into your body in the form of all sensory perceptions and mental experiences.
Props Needed: Blocks
Yoga Asana/Yoga Postures: 3 part breath, Setu Bandhasana/Bridge Pose, Reclined Twist, Cat Pose/Marjaryasana, Ayurdehi Mantra with the Abhaya Hrdaya Mudra, Child’s Pose Thread the Needle, Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Svanasana, Warrior Two/Virabhadrasana Two with Phupphusamocana Mudra, Five Pointed Star with Phupphusamocana Mudra, Goddess Victory Squat/Utkata Konasana with Phupphusamocana Mudra, Prasarita Padottanasana /Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold with Phupphusamocana Mudra, Supported Fish Pose/Matsyasana with Abhaya Hrdaya Mudra, Upavistha Konasana/Wide-legged seated forward fold legs twist with Phupphusamocana Mudra arms, Upavistha Konasana/Wide-legged seated forward fold, Savasana