Plavini Pranayama

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Plavini Pranayama Mean?

Plavini pranayama is a yogic breathing exercise for higher awareness and inner clarity that draws air into the stomach. The Sanskrit word, plavini, comes from the root, plu, meaning “to float.” This breathing technique can be practiced from a comfortable seated position — such as vajrasana or siddhasana — or a reclined posture, like savasana. It may even be practiced while standing.

The air is swallowed or gulped in a manner that bloats the belly, then the yogi takes in additional air through a normal inhalation via both of the nostrils, while dropping the chin to the chest. The yogi then raises the head and exhales through the nostrils.


Yogapedia Explains Plavini Pranayama

Plavini pranayama expands the chest and stretches the lungs, thereby creating buoyancy that allows the yogi to float for hours in water. This practice is also believed to increase blood circulation, promoting the removal of impurities. On an expert level, plavini pranayama is thought to allow the yogi to go without food for many days.

Plavini pranayama should be practiced with the assistance of an expert teacher and should not be practiced after a meal. Wait at least three to four hours after eating to avoid putting excess pressure on internal organs.

Yogis with heart problems, high blood pressure or hernias should not practice plavini pranayama.

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