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Cleansing practices (Shat-kriyas) owe their origin to Yoga, which has documented these practices as essential for the body to be free from illnesses and also for higher spiritual development.
The Yoga cleansing techniques are all just non-medicinal ways of maintaining the body and overcoming illness. The ancient yogic methods are really the most natural ways to help the
bodily systems heal themselves. Shatkarmas are responsible for creating physical and mental purification and freeing one from diseases. Certain elements are cured with these kriyas. Ayurveda has described these cleansing practices by the name of Panchkarmas. However, these Panchkarmas take help of certain medicines and herbs. While shatkarma stated in Yoga, the emphasis is on the natural method. In Ayurveda, disease is caused by the imbalance of the three ‘doshas’ or humors, which are the Kapha (mucus), Pitta (Bile) and the Vata (Wind). The cleansing practices also serve to balance these three elements and purify the body of toxins.
The entire existence and continuation of a healthy individual depends on the effective function of the digestive system, it is habitually abused either through ignorance or desire; Dhauti, the cleansing practices, assist the efficient movement of food throughout the alimentary canal. Sluggishness in any section affects the entire tract detrimentally, and also has impact on associated organs that work in tandem with it, e.g. liver, gallbladder, pancreas etc. Dhauti cleans out old bile, mucus and permits release of impurities from the blood;
Following practices comes under Dhauti-
VAMAN / KUNJAL or GAJAKARANI KRIYA –
It involves filling the stomach with warm water and bringing it out while vomiting to clean both the upper alimentary canal and the respiratory system. Intentionally vomiting may seem unnatural; the inner-wisdom of the body uses it as an action of last resort to rid it of poison, or over-rich food, however washing the organ regularly has a curative effect.
Benefits: KUNJAL washes out the digestive tract from the mouth to the stomach and removes impurities that can contaminate the body causing hyperacidity, halitosis, phlegm and sore throats; it robustly enhances general health by permitting the best possible assimilation of nutrients
Danda dhauti (stick) – A soft banana stem, sugarcane stick or turmeric root is inserted into the stomach to take the water out. A thin catheter is usually used nowadays.
VASTRA DHAUTI -A cleansing practice, which consist swallowing, and re-gurgitating a fine piece of muslin clothe. It is very helpful in skin disorders and removes excess pitta and cougha from the body.
Benefits; – With the help of this exercise one can get rid of coughs, asthma, diseases of spleen, glandular enlargement in the stomach, fever, bile, leprosy and twenty kinds of diseases caused by excess mucus are destroyed through the effects of dhouti karma.
In Ayurveda the seat of kapha dosha is in the mucus element of the chest and stomach; in this practice the mucous from the chest is loosened and removed. It has a great reputation in treating asthma. Vastra dhauti thoroughly scrubs the walls of the stomach and stimulates peristalsis and the digestive juices; it brings both pitta (bile element) and kapha doshas back into balance, improving all conditions related to the upper gastrointestinal tract.
VARISARA (SHANKHAPRAKSHALANA) or WASHING OF THE FOOD PIPE -This kriya cleans out the entire gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. It involves drinking glass after glass of lukewarm salt water and then performing some specific postures. This is repeated until you feel the urge to go for bowl movement. This cycle of drinking water and exercises is to be repeated until the water expelled from the anus is as clear as the water you are drinking. At this stage, your entire gastro-intestinal tract has been fully cleaned.
Benefits; – This kriya supports normal functioning of the intestines, relieves flatulence, constipation, acidity, indigestion, menstrual cramps, asthma, acne and boils etc. It also prevents urinary infections and the formation of kidney stones. It counteracts the bowel malfunctions. In healthy people this purification of the body sharpens the mind and creates dynamic vitality, permitting the intensive yogic practices leading to states of higher awareness.
VAHNISARA (AGNISARA KRIYA) -“Push the navel against the spine a hundred times.” GS 1:19
Benefits; – Agnisara kriya counteracts the sedentary lifestyle which can lead to many hidden inefficiencies in all the koshas and to underperformance at all the levels of being human. It deeply massages the abdominal organs, reduces abdominal fat, strengthens the muscles, especially after child birth; stimulates the relevant nerves and so harmonizes all abdominal conditions of the bowel, liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas and digestion – allowing optimum assimilation of nutrients. It has a dynamic effect on the five pranas (panchapranas), raising energy levels and easing dullness and depression.
Jihva Moola Dhauti – cleaning the root of the tongue.
Benefits; – Impurities that the body is trying to expel collect as a coating on the surface of the tongue; regular cleaning removes this breeding ground for bacteria, preventing self-contamination.
Karna (ear)– cleaning the ear passage.
Benefits; – Hearing can be impaired by a build up of wax.
Kapal randhra (frontal sinuses)- cleaning the upper back palate
Benefit; – This gives immediate transformation from sluggishness to wakeful vitality, soothing the whole brain.
Kapal dhauti-Simply press the thumbs on the temples and rotate first in one direction then in the other.
Benefit; – Eases headache and brings relaxation to the brain, removing sluggishness.
Chakshu (eyes) -Wash the eyes with clean water or medicated water
Benefit; – The eyes are refreshed and tiredness is relieved.
Danta dhauti (teeth) – cleaning the teeth with a special stick (neem or babool)
Contraction and relaxation of anal sphincter in order to clean lower intestine through water or wind is called basti karma. This is the ancient version of enemas or colonic irrigation. It involves drawing air or water in to the lower intestine via the anus and then expelling it. This aims to cleanse the lower part of the colon and removes heat from the system.
Benefits : There is a rich supply of blood vessels and nerves at the anus; it is these blood vessels creating haemorrhoids, bleeding, scabbing and rectal pain. Basti kriya cleanse the colon, removes excess heat and supports the function of the whole elimination system, encouraging strain-free elimination.
Enlargement of the spleen and all diseases arising from excess wind, bile and mucus are eliminated from the body. By practicing basti the appetite increases, the body glows, excess doshas are destroyed and the dhatu, senses and mind are purified.
Involves cleaning the nasal passages and throat as well with luke warm saline water (jala-neti), or with cotton thread (Sutra-neti). Other netis are done with milk (dugdha-neti) or ghee (ghritha-neti
The aim of the practice is to purify the breathing path right from the nostrils to the throat. It removes mucus and pollution from the nasal cavities. It is also beneficial in reducing allergies and preventing colds, cough and sinus problems. It helps to clean the eyes, ears and Eustachian tube as well as increasing the awareness of Ajna chakra.
In this the abdominal muscles are isolated and churned. It has 3 parts
• Dakshin Nauli (when muscles are isolated to the right)
• Vama Nauli (left)
• Madhyama Nauli (middle)
Nauli gives deep massage and profound toning to the abdominal muscles and organs. It generates heat in the body, stimulating digestive fire and balancing the endocrine functions, which leads to change in emotional disorders, lethargy and diabetes. On an esoteric level, nauli has a profound effect on pranamaya and manomaya koshas, creating mentalclarity and power and increasing the storehouse of prana in Manipura chakra.
Kapalbhati strengthens and exercises the muscles of the respiratory system. It increases the efficiency of the lungs, purifies the respiratory system and increases the supply of oxygen in the blood. It removes distractions and energises the mind. It strengthens the nervous system and brings a state of lightness and clarity to the mind.
It has three variations
• Vatakrama kapalabati (breathing) -Perform exhalation and inhalation rapidly like a bellows of a blacksmith.
• Vyutkrama Kapalbhati – Sucking water in through the nose and expelling it through the mouth
• Sheetkrama Kapalbhati -Taking water in through the mouth and expelling it through the nose
In trataka, eyes are focused usually on a small object or the flame of a candle, without blinking, until they water. Advanced variations involve gazing into third eye (Ajna Chakra).
Benefits-Trataka develope concentration, eradicates all eye diseases, fatigue and sloth and close the doorway creating these problems.