Plavini Pranayama: Floating Pranayama
Plavini has originated from the Sanskrit word PLU that means to float. Thus Plavini means the one that causes to float.
The student actually drinks air like water slowly and sends it to the stomach. The stomach gets bloated a bit. If you tap the stomach when it is filled with air, you will get a peculiar tympanic (air) sound.
Method for Plavini Pranayama:
Plavini is not so much a breathing technique for getting air into the lungs as an air-swallowing technique for getting air into the belly. In the beginning practice this Padmasana, Siddhasana or Vajrasana. With practice you can perform it in standing or lying posture as well. If you are performing it in sitting posture, inhale the breath through both the nostrils and retain it by Jallundharbandha. When you take Jallundharbandha, the retained air fills the intestines, which get inflated as a result. End the Pranayama with exhaling the breath through both the nostrils. If necessary, remove the air that is trapped in the intestines by balancing or Uddiyanabandha.
Benefits of Plavini Pranayama :
Expert of Plavini Pranayama can sustain his life for many days without food.
During the practice of this Pranayama the blood flows in the body extremely speedily
thus removing the impurities and toxins accumulated in the body.
With practice of this Pranayama, the performer gains the power to float on the water.
An expert can even remain floating on deluging waters like a light lotus leaf.
For the perfection of this Pranayama, slow but continuous and regular practice is extremely essential. Hence practice is extremely essential. Hence practice this Pranayama in the guidance of an expert teacher only.