We don’t necessarily need
to know all the subtle qualities of each dosha in order to stay in
balance. However, having this
knowledge can help us when we need to address specific conditions. It also helps us to understand more
about how nature works, and how it expresses through our doshas. Each dosha has subtle aspects that
express in unique ways to perform various functions. These are the subtle qualities of Vata:
-Prana. Prana is seated in the brain. It is the primary aspect of Vata from
which the other four are derived.
The word prana loosely translated from Sanskrit means to “breathe
forth.” Prana governs swallowing
and inhalation, and regulates the senses, mental process, heart and
-Upward Moving. Udana is seated in the throat and is
active in the chest. It governs
speech and exhalation. It helps us
to expand our consciousness and to relax.
-Equalizing. Samana is seated in the small
intestine. It governs digestion,
assimilation, and biochemical processes.
-Pervasive. Vyana is seated in the heart
region. It governs circulation and
-Downward moving. Apana is seated in the colon. It governs elimination, mentruation,
childbirth, and expulsion of reproductive fluids.