Practice of the Month


Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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07 Apr 2024


‘Vata- Sara and Plavini’
Book Review

‘Vata- Sara and Plavini’ 

authored by Dr Prakash Chintamani Malshe

The book entitled “Vata- Sara and Plavini” by Dr Prakash Chintamani Malshe extols the distinct features of two specific Yogic techniques that have been described in the classical literary Hathayogic scriptures; Vata- Sara in Gheranda Samhita and Plavini in Hathapradipika. The practical usage of these two techniques in the current times is very rare or nil whereas it did exist in the ancient times. This work is from a “eureka” moment experienced by the author while being contemplative on these techniques. A few curious and ardent Yoga Sadhakas and enthusiasts may find this useful and interesting.

The verses explaining the procedure of both these techniques have been given in the introduction section of the book. The innovative attempt by the author is how to perform these techniques while doing the 12-step procedure of Suryanamaskara. The present booklet is a refined version of the earlier creation by the same author, ‘Drink air, Stay fit’.

This booklet consists of four chapters. Chapter 1 (‘The secret of Vata sara’) elucidates the great secrets of both the techniques as given in the contemporary text Gheranda Samhita with the verses and their explanations along with a detailing of performance of Kaki mudra which is used. In Chapter 2 the complete procedure of performing the techniques are given with explanation and pictorial representations of the 12 steps of Surya Namaskar along with the position of stomach in each step with explanation of the course of air too. Chapter 3 shows ‘Dr Malshe’s pierced straw technique of drinking air’ and how the manoeuvre is performed. Chapter 4 features Barium X-Ray studies done by the author to demonstrate how Kaki Mudra fills air in the intestines in each of the posture in Surya Namaskar. Pictures of X-rays of air in the fundus of stomach, food pipe, air moving to duodenum, etc. have been included too which makes it very enriching.

This is an ardent attempt by the author which might be enjoyed by people who like to understand the details of scientific features of the traditional techniques.

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