samana

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samana

[समान] Assimilation. One of the five vayu. It resides between regions of prana and apana, in the abdomen.

Samana vayu governs assimilation, digestion (physical and energetic), continuation.  In the breath pattern samana is the retention of the breath or the time in between inhalation and exhalation (khumbaka).  Samana vayu, which also relates to manipuri or the navel chakra, governs our ability to assimilate energy, nutrients, experience into our being on both a physical and metaphysical level.  The integrity of the body and its ability to assimilate external influence is governed by samana.  In an asana practice, this is the practice of consolidation of energy, abdominal strength and integrity and the containing of the body as a unit.