Vyana, aka: Vyāna; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Vyāna (व्यान).—One of the five upadoṣas (sub-functions) of vāta (one of the three biological humors).—

Location of vyāna: Permeates the entire body especially the heart.

Functions of vyāna: Responsible for sweating, bending, heart rhythm, blinking of eyelids, yawning, governs peripheral circulation, dilation and constriction of blood vessels, transport nourishing juices and blood throughout the body, elimination of waste and ejaculation of semen.

Ailments of vyāna due to vitiation: Sluggishness in the circulatory function of srota, fever, diarrhea, bleeding, tuberculosis and other diseases.

Source: Google Books: A Practical Approach to the Science of Ayurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

The air called Vyāna carries the essential part in all the Nāḍīs. Food, as soon as eaten, is split into two by that air. Having entered near the anus it separates the solid and liquid portions, placing the water over the fire, and the solid over the water, The Prāna standing under the fire, inflames it slowly. The fire, inflamed by the air, separates the substance from the waste. The Vyāna air makes the essence go all over, and the waste, forced through the twelve gateways, is ejected from the body. (Also see )

Source: Sacred Texts: The Garuda Purana

1a) Vyāna (व्यान).—A Tuṣita.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 18.

1b) A mind-born son of Brahmā in the 21st Kalpa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 47; 31. 41.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

The fifth prana is known as Vyana. It is an integral prana. It exists throughout the body as an underlying reserve force, so if anything goes wrong in another area of prana, Vyana can step in and support that weak or imbalanced area. Thereby Vyana prevents diseases and imbalances from occurring in the different systems and parts of the body. Should Vyana become weak or deficient then diseases will arise because there will be no back up system.

Source: Yoga Magazine: Prana

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

vyāna (व्यान).—m S One of the five vital airs,--that which is diffused throughout the body. See pañcaprāṇa.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vyāna (व्यान).—m One of the five vital airs or pañcaprāṇa.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vyāna (व्यान).—One of the five life-winds or vital airs in the body, that which is diffused through the whole body; व्याने तृप्यति श्रोत्रं तृप्यति (vyāne tṛpyati śrotraṃ tṛpyati) Ch. Up.5.2.2; व्यानः सर्वशरीरगः (vyānaḥ sarvaśarīragaḥ).

Derivable forms: vyānaḥ (व्यानः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vyāna (व्यान).—m.

(-naḥ) One of the five vital airs, that which is diffused throughout the body. E. vi before an to breathe, aff. ghañ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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