Prana vayu and Loka vayu Relation w.s.r. to Prana vayu vikaar

Aishwarya Ranade, Rajashri Sonti

Abstract


Modern era has seen rapid rise in incidence of respiratory tract infections. The detrimental effects of air pollution on health have been recognized for most of the last century with episodes of Severe Smog which occurred due to rapid industrialization in developed countries.

Vata, the most important among Tridoshas is described by Acharya as “Tantra Yantra dhara” and its function in the body is broadly mentioned as “vaa-Gati- Gandhanayoh.” Among the 5 types of Vata, Prana vayu is of utmost importance as the karya it performs help in sustenance of the body. The general function
of tantra yantra dharana of vayu can be attributed to Prana vayu. As it is Harshotsaaha yoni, it helps in sarvendriya udyoga and is shareerasya pravartaka. Loka vayu Karma as explained by Charakacharya are
similar to prana vayu karma. Vikriti of loka vayu leads to Prana vayu vikriti, therefore, protection of Lok vayu is essential to avoid or minimize Prana vayu dushti.

Loka vayu is the major requirement of all the living beings on the planet. As explained by Acharya Sharangadhara in Shwasaprashwasa Prakriya “Peetvaacha ambara peeyusham punaraayaati vegavat” indicates the importance of Prana vayu in respiration Process. If this is to be understood in today’s scientific
terms ambara peeyusham here probably refers to Oxygen, thus indicating the basic survival need of human race. Prana vayu karya are disturbed due to prakopaka reduced quality of surrounding environment and internal environment. Keeping this in view Pathya sevana, Yogasana, Pranayama, rasayan and adjuvant therapy etc should be encouraged as a part of contemporary ayurvedic treatment practice, to increase the quality of life of susceptible individuals.


Keywords


Prana vayu, Lok vayu, Karma, Prana vayu vikar, Yogasana

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