Udana vata is the “ascending air” or the energy that is moving upwards and its located in the upper chest, throat and nasal area. Udana vata is responsible for directing energy from the lower to higher consciousness and is where all expressions originate. It governs our ability to express thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Udana vata is connected to the element akasha, which represents space or ether. This element exists as the space between all the other elements of air, fire, water, and earth. Udana vata moves upward toward the head where our mind exists. This is the place where we feel calm, peaceful, and connected to spirit, it is the place we go during meditation or while dreaming.
Physically, Udana vata governs exhalation from the lungs, speech, and the thyroid and parathyroid glands. These glands are for directing all metabolic functions, especially the nervous system.
Udana vata works in conjunction with the other vayu and helps support the best expression our minds and bodies have to offer. On its own, udana vata is responsible for speech, articulation, pronunciation, tone of voice, and singing.
Most physical symptoms of imbalance are related to the upper chest, throat, and nasal area and symptoms relating to mental health.
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