Samãna is a Sanskrit term that means “pacification,” “mitigation” and “alleviation.” It is derived from the root sam, meaning “together,” and to “breathe” or “blow.”
In yoga, samãna refers to one of the five vayus that comprise prana in the body. Known in English as “balancing air”, samãna vayu resides in the abdomen with the navel as its energy base. It governs digestion of everything from food to thoughts and spiritual activity. Balancing the samãna vayu while practicing yoga poses not only promotes physical strength but also helps the yogi move closer to his/her spiritual aspirations.
Samãna expands when prana and apana (inward-outward flowing energy) unite at the navel center, awakening sushumna nadi, the central channel that carries energy up and down the length of the spine.
Samãna kriya, translates as “pacifying practice” and is associated with samadhi, the state of enlightenment and the final of the eight “limbs” of yoga.
“My approach to Yoga is global and progressive. It aims to nurture and offer confidence to the aspirant who learns to relate to his/her body and its potentialities by softening the joints and toning the muscles. Particular attention is given to the sequencing, alignment, intensity, and duration of the postures (asanas) to amplify their beneficial effects on the whole being. To integrate and regulate, a deep relaxation concludes each session; the aspirant feels refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to face the fluctuations of everyday life.” Louise Chardon
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