Movement Direction All around Centered in The chest; it governs inhalation.
Expressed Cyclically; prana vayu is reflected in your ability to be within a cycle of ongoing change while remaining connected to your center. Imbalances in prana vayu affect the nervous system and manifest as anxiety or fear, triggering symptoms such as breathlessness or heart palpitations. Yoga teaches us to pay attention to our breath cycle. For beginning practitioners, the initial instinct is to hold the breath when a pose feels challenging— which stops the flow of energy, leading to increased tension and resistance. Over time, we learn to trust the cycle of the breath, and as a result energy flows smoothly. The Pose Salamba Supta Baddha Konasana (Supported Reclining Bound Angle Pose) Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet touching. Support your outer knees or upper thighs with blocks or folded blankets. Make sure your forehead is level with, or slightly higher than, your chin. The shape created by your legs and the connection between the soles of your feet are symbolic of the circular nature of prana vayu. As you rest your body in this supported position, you invite your lungs and your heart to open and your focus to gently return to your inhalations. By moving from restlessness to ease, we embody the notion that all things are ever changing—our breath, our feelings, even our yoga poses themselves. Hold this supported posture for 5–8 minutes.
Take it off the mat Each morning, set aside a few minutes to practice samavrtti, a form of pranayama that encourages even, balanced breathing. There are four parts to this cyclical breath: the inhale ( puraka), the pause at the top of the inhalation ( antara kumbhaka), the exhale ( rechaka), and the pause at the bottom of the exhalation ( bahya kumbhaka). Come into a comfortable seated position, and invite your body to soften. Inhale for the count of 4. Pause, and soften your body as you briefly retain the inhalation, then exhale for the count of 4. Pause and soften your body again as you briefly retain the exhalation. The intention is to establish breaths that mirror each other in quality and length. Then, if you ever notice fear, anxiety, or breathlessness arising, practice this breath pattern.