Vayu or air is one among the five great elements. These elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space known as Panchamahabhoota are of vital importance, and units to build everything from medicines to human beings.
The property or quality of anything changes when the proportions of these elements change, and also change with different combinations and permutations of these five elements. In Sanskrit, Pancha means five.
The different classifications, Parthiva, Apya, Taijasa, Vayaviya and Akashiya are on the basis of majority of content. All the mahabhootas’ or five elements have one sense attribute and a property.
Prana Vayu means energy of life, which helps in governing and controlling one’s own energy, which helps us in checking our anger, sorrow, frustration, and the other negative emotions from flowing from us.
Vayu mahabhoota is the second in creation after the Aakash mahabhoota. With the existence of vayu, we can understand that there is a movement from nothingness or nothingness of space or Aakash to something hard or to feeling something or touch or Sparsha. Moreover, these elements have the property of inheriting the attributes of their preceding element. Vayu inherits the sound or shabda that is an attribute of its preceding element, Aakasha.
Therefore, the creation can be felt as a touch or sound; however, it cannot be seen. With the help of Vayu, anything can move or be transported from one place to another. Logically, all the living beings have this element.
It is a major constituent of vata dosha in living things, and is responsible for joint movements, travelling of food through the gastro-intestinal tract, impulses of motor or sensory nerves, and so on.
Blood circulation is not possible if the Vayu does not move.
Due to the stopping of blood circulation, heat generation ceases.
If the production of heat stops, the food cannot be digested, and thus cause the gastro intestinal problems and abdominal problems.
Vayu or air is important to all the living beings for their survival, and normal functioning. Religion like Hinduism refers Vayu as god of life, as its existence is the main reason for the existence of living things.
Vayu is also known as Prana, or Vata. In classical literature, Vayu is classified into five deities. They are Prana or controlling life, Apana or the wind, Vyana or touch or sensation, Udana or digestion, and Samana or excretion. Vayu is the most important element of all, as a living being can survive without other elements for atleast few moments, while without Vayu, life becomes impossible.
When Vayu or Mukhya Prana leaves the body, all the other elements would be forced to leave the body. In the treatment of diseases like Vyana Vayu and Samana Vayu, Panchakarma should be administered.
78% of Nitrogen, 21% of Oxygen, and 1% of other gases is the appropriate concentration for the air that can be taken in by animals, or plants, or man for breathing purposes. To get fresh vayu, one’s surroundings should be rich in green plants, trees, herbs with medicinal value. The fresh air from the plants would be cured of germs and the pollution is minimized.