FEEL THE JOY OF BREATHING WITH PLAVINI PRANAYAMA

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Plavini Pranayama is an ancient yogic breathing technique that originated in India. The word “plavini” comes from the Sanskrit language, meaning “floating.” This pranayama technique is mentioned in several ancient yogic texts, including the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a 15th-century text instructing various yoga practices.

ORIGIN OF PLAVINI PRANAYAMA:

Plavini Pranayama is a breathing technique believed to have originated in ancient India as a part of the Hatha Yoga tradition. It is mentioned in several classical yoga texts, including the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita. These texts describe the technique of swallowing air, which is then held in the stomach for a time before exhaling.

According to some sources, Plavini Pranayama was primarily used by yogis who practiced in caves or other isolated places where food and water were not readily available. By practicing this pranayama, the yogis could expand their stomachs and hold air inside for extended periods, which provided them with a sense of fullness and reduced their need for food and water.

Today, Plavini Pranayama is practiced by many people as a way to improve digestion, increase lung capacity, and reduce stress and anxiety. It is often included as part of a broader yoga practice or taught as a standalone technique.

STEPS FOR PLAVINI PRANAYAMA:

  1. Sit comfortably, cross-legged, keeping your back straight and your eyes closed. You can also sit on a chair if that’s more comfortable.
  2. Take a few deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly, to prepare your body for the practice.
  3. Place your hands on your knees or lap, with your palms facing upward.
  4. Inhale deeply through the nose, filling lungs with air.
  5. As you inhale, push your abdomen out as far as possible, allowing the air to fill your stomach.
  6. Hold your breath for a few seconds with your stomach full of air.
  7. Exhale slowly through your nose, emptying your lungs.
  8. Repeat the process, inhaling deeply through your nose, pushing your stomach out, and holding your breath for a few seconds before exhaling.
  9. You can repeat this process for a few minutes, gradually increasing the duration as your body becomes more comfortable with the practice.
  10. When you’re finished, take a few deep breaths and open your eyes slowly.

BENEFITS OF PLAVINI PRANAYAMA:

  • Improved Digestion: Plavini Pranayama helps to stimulate the digestive organs, leading to improved digestion. It increases the blood flow to the digestive system, which can be helpful for people suffering from digestive issues like constipation or bloating.
  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Plavini Pranayama is a deep breathing technique that helps to calm the mind and relax the body. It can be useful in reducing stress and anxiety levels, promoting a deeper sense of relaxation and tranquility.
  • Increased Lung Capacity: Plavini Pranayama helps to improve lung capacity, making it an excellent practice for people with respiratory issues or those looking to increase their endurance.
  • Improved Concentration and Focus: Plavini Pranayama focuses on the breath and fills the stomach with air. This helps to clear the mind of distracting thoughts and improve concentration and focus.
  • Increased Energy Levels: Plavini Pranayama can help to increase energy levels by improving the flow of prana (life force energy) throughout the body.
  • Boosts Immune System: This pranayama stimulates the lymphatic system and aids in producing white blood cells. It helps in boosting the immune system and prevents various ailments.

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR PLAVINI PRANAYAMA:

  • Recent abdominal surgery: If you have undergone recent abdominal surgery, it is advisable to avoid Plavini Pranayama. The pressure in the abdomen during practice can put undue stress on the incision and slow the healing process.
  • High blood pressure: If a person has high blood pressure, it is important to consult with the healthcare provider before practicing Plavini Pranayama. Holding their breath for extended periods can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure, which can be dangerous for people with hypertension.
  • Heart or lung conditions: People with heart or lung conditions should consult their healthcare provider before practicing Plavini Pranayama. The practice involves deep breathing, which can strain the heart and lungs, and may not be suitable for everyone.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women should avoid practicing Plavini Pranayama. Holding the breath for extended periods can affect the oxygen supply to the baby, and it is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness: If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness during practice, stop immediately and take a few deep breaths. Plavini Pranayama should be practiced slowly and gently, and it is essential to listen to your body and adjust the practice as needed.

FAQ:

  1. How often should I practice Plavini Pranayama?

Practicing Plavini Pranayama on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning, is recommended. You can practice it daily, but it is advisable to start with shorter durations and gradually increase the time as your body adjusts to the practice.

  1. How long should I practice Plavini Pranayama?

You can start with a few rounds of Plavini Pranayama and gradually increase the duration. A good starting point is to practice for 5-10 minutes and gradually increase to 15-20 minutes.

  1. Can anyone practice Plavini Pranayama?

Yes, Plavini Pranayama is safe for most people to practice. However, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new practice, especially if you have any medical conditions.

  1. Can pregnant women practice Plavini Pranayama?

Pregnant women should avoid practicing Plavini Pranayama as it involves holding their breath and can affect the oxygen supply to the baby. It is best to consult a healthcare provider before practicing pranayama during pregnancy.

  1. What are the contraindications for Plavini Pranayama?

People with heart or lung conditions, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions should consult their healthcare provider before practicing Plavini Pranayama. It is also not recommended for those who have undergone recent abdominal surgery.

  1. Can beginners practice Plavini Pranayama?

Yes, Plavini Pranayama can be practised by beginners. However, it is advisable to start with shorter durations and gradually increase the duration as your body adjusts to the practice.

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