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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Apana, ApAna, Apaana

  1. like water; having the essence or nature of water
  2. liquid; fluid; flowing
  3. breathing out[1]
  4. the second of the five vital energy currents of the body in Yoga and Āyurveda that sustain physiological processes, the flow of which is downwards (hence having the nature of water or fluid), and which is responsible for the reproduction, digestion, and elimination of bodily waste.


  1. The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore