Vayu – that which powers the mind
Does your body exhibit aches and pains? Do you find it difficult to focus? Do you find difficulty sleeping? Are you a restless thinker? Then, your body could be influenced by excess Vayu – that which powers the mind.
Why is Vayu necessary?
Vayu is one of the 5 elements of nature. Vayu is necessary. It causes movement. Its absence causes death. Without Vayu everything will be still. However, the quantity of it that must operate in the body must not exceed. Excess Vayu causes several disturbances in the body.
Where Vayu is present, Akasha is present. Vata is the synonym for Vayu. It is Prana.
Excess Vayu causes displacement of matter. It is responsible for several functions, not only in the body, but also on the earth and even in the Universe. It is the substratum of sky.
Did you know?
Did you know that the primary cause of ageing is Vayu? When you reduce Vayu, you reverse ageing.
How many types of Vayu are there?
There are mainly two Vayu and they are Prana and Apana.
The place of Prana is the head and it is the originating place of knowledge and ducts that circulate consciousness. Prana promotes realisation of intellect, mind and senses. It also promotes the heart and emotional attachment to desires, dwelling in the heart to acquire the object of desire. Most symptoms of head, neck and chest manifest because of changes in Prana.
Apana is situated below the abdomen. It helps in the expulsion (pushing outward) of semen, menstrual fluid, urine, stools and foetus. Prana provides strength while Apana removes all the toxins and dosha. Manifestations in the uterus, prostate, male reproductive organs, colon and hips are caused due to changes in Apana.
Vayu is the carrier of medicines along with subtle substances into the body. Itis considered as the messenger of the Gods.
How does it cause displacement in your body?
Vayu can cause displacement very easily. Some of the causes are; too much thinking, speaking too much and loudly, listening more than what is required, talking while eating, excessive eye movement, travelling faster than you can on two legs (car, scooter, air travel), indigestion, fear, anxiety, restlessness, keeping oneself awake at night, disturbing one’s sleep, etc.
The symptoms you may experience include; disturbed sleep, sleeplessness, anxiety, restlessness, restless leg syndrome, unknown fears, muscle twitching, dry skin, feeling cold, frequent urination, osteoporosis, aches and pains, etc.
How to diagnose displacement of Prana and Apana?
Displacement of Prana and Apana can be diagnosed through Nadi Pariksha. There are no other ways to discover the displacement of Prana and Apana and the manifestations from there on.
Foods that increase Vayu
There are several foods that may increase Vayu symptoms. Below is a generic list;
There are a few practices that can help reduce aggravated symptoms. These include the following;
- Have a hot shower before you eat
- Dip your feet in bearably hot water for 10 minutes before you go to sleep
- Plug your ears with cotton
- Meditate regularly (most recommended)
- Eat hot, freshly cooked (avoid reheating foods)
- Avoid eating sweets after meals
- Avoid eating ice-creams after meals
- Do not drink cold water or fruit juices with meals