APANA & PRANA
Apana (Elimination Energy) is the energy in the body that eliminates waste through the lungs and excretory systems. It is vital in order to get rid of useless and detrimental elements in our bodies. When our bodies can effectively get rid of waste, we become significantly healthier.
The opposite energy, called Prana, is the Circulation Energy of our beating hearts, lungs and blood. We cultivate Circulation Energy by containing the energy in the body and not letting it disperse from us. Basically it is the opposite of Elimination Energy. Ideally we will balance these two energies so that we keep what strengthens us and get rid of what weakens us.
WIND REMOVING POSTURE
One of the great Postures for refining our Elimination Energy is called Wind Removing Posture (Pavanamuktasana). In some traditions it is even called Apanasana or Elimination Posture. The belly is compressed by squeezing the legs with the arms, and the body's energy is forced downward and out of a relaxed anus (often accompanied by 'wind,' hence the name of the posture).
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga