Shankhaprakshalana

Shankhaprakshalana (The process of cleansing entire digestive tract)

Sankhaprakshalana has vital role in yogic detoxification so we can say this is one of the major detox in yoga .  Shanka Prakshalana evacuates and cleanses the intestines and whole digestive track from mouth to anus.

Procedure:

Drink 3/4 glass of lukewarm salt water quickly and then follow the six Asanas. Perform each asana eight times dynamically which are mention as sankhaprakshalana group of asana. Again drink 2 more glass of water then repeat the asanas. Repeat the process for third time if you wish to go toilet observe the bowel movement without straining. Again drink 2 glass of water and perform the each asanas eight times dynamically then check the bowl movement. After third or fourth cycle of Asana you will feel the bowl movement. After passing stools for first time, one will get easy. This asana helps to massage and flush the internal organs and whole the digestive track, as the water flows freely through the organs, squeezing out the toxic, mucus, bile etc. The faeces (stool) at the initial will be dark brown then slowly become clear once the stool is clear as if water then end the process. The initial stools is solid or hard, but afterwards it goes on getting more and more liquid and in the end, it is almost like water. After this process practice shavasana for 45 minutes then take special food Khichari.

Requirement:

Proper yoga clothing, yoga mat, blanket (to cover the body), small towel to wipe off the sweat, lemons, salt and lukewarm water, rice, mung dal, ghee.

Diet:  During the practice we will be washing all the lubricants associated with the digestive tract along with the various juices so we need to have the preserved meal that is Khichari. Khichari is special meal for Shanka Prakshalana.

How to make Khichari?

Khichari should make with good quality rice and moong dal cooked with ghee (clarified butter). First of all Take one cups of Basmati white rice, one cup of grinded Mung Beans (Dal), one teaspoon Turmeric powder, one teaspoon Cumin seeds and little salt in a rice cooker, put three times the amount of water. Use more water than usual to cook Khichari, so that it becomes semi liquid. Mix 100 ml of clarified butter then cook about 30 min.  The Khichari should be served hot. Then enjoy your Khichari. This food has the effect of providing a protective layer on the intestinal tract.

Caution:

  • One should has practice this master yogic detoxification under competence yoga guru.
  • Enough Khichari must be taken even there is no hunger. Take your second meal after six hours of first meal.
  • Khicheri should eaten about an hour of Shank Prakashalana.
  • During the day seat in room temperature and avoid air- condition, hot sun exposure, sitting near fire, and journey out of the room, body must be keep warm to prevent chills and fever. Cover the body with blanket if necessary.
  • Should take adequate rest without talking. Silence is more preferable. Avoid hard work, and exercise.
  • Should not drink any water during the day and do not take any other food except Khichari.
  • At least a week do not eat chemically processed food, synthetic, pungent, acidic non-vegetarian food -meat, fish and eggs. Avoid gas-forming foods, hot spices and carbonated drinks.
  • Eat only easily digestible food, as the intestines are very sensitive after this practice.
  • Should take pure and enough ghee which act as alubricant to coat the intestine walls, which has been washed out by Shankha Prakshalan.
  • In order that peristalsis of the intestines is stimulated, it is advisable to practice Agnisara Kriya or Nauli each day till one week.
  • It is perfectly normal that no bowel movement takes place for two or three days following the practice so do not worry about it.
  • Shankha Prakshalana should be practiced at least twice a year. If it is possible you can perform four times a year in every three month interval.
  • If you learn series of Sankha Prakshalana asana perfectly before the practice of Shaankha Prakshalana it will easier and would be more successful.
  • Take light dinner on the previous day. Practice Shakha Prakshalan in empty stomach in the early morning.
  • Should not perform the Shankha Prakshalan in bad weather like very cod, very hot, rainy, cloudy and windy etc.

How does Shankha Prakshalan work for cleansing?

There are five valves in our food passage. They are esophageal on the beginning of food pype, pyloric valve at the outlet of stomach, ileocaecal valve at the exit of small intestine, colon after the small intestine and anus. These five valve would be cleansed by these five yoga poses.

Salt has good impact in Shankha Prakshalan to balance acids and enzymes in our stomach. Salt is a very efficient to dissolve mucus, which help to wash the wall of intestine. It has a soothing effect on inflammation of wall of intestine and colon.

Benefits of Shankha Prakshalan

There are many benefits of Shankha Prakshalan among of them the main benefits of Shankha  Prakshalana are as follows:

  • It tones digestive system, liver, Kidney and associated organs.
  • It strengthens the immune system, reduces excessive mucus and purifies the blood.
  • It calms the body physically and mentally.
  • It alleviates digestive problems such as indigestion, gases, acidity, constipation etc.
  • It helps to eliminates allergies and  skin disease.
  • Prevent urine infection and formation of stones.
  • Entire pranic body is recharged and get strength and stamina.
  • Helps in weight control.
  • Removes the excessive mucus and toxic that accumulated in digestive track.
  • Purifies the blood and pranic channel (nadi).

Contra-indications:

Shanka Prakshalana should not be practiced  if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, pregnancy, menstruation, strokes, stomach ulcer, colitis (inflammation of colon), weak person , age below 16 or above 60, weak kidneys, large gallstones, kidney stones, chronic diabetes, hernia etc.

Loghoo shankha Prakshalan (LSP) (Short intestinal wash) :

The word “laghu” means short or abbreviated, Shankha mean conch and Prakshalan mean cleansing so Loghoo Shankha Prakshalan (LSP) is cleansing of conch in short time and process. This is a shorter version of the full shankha Prakshalana technique. Take two liter of warm salty water. Drink two/ three glass of salty warm water perform the dynamically 8 times every five asana of Shankha Prakshalan  asanas, When you perform five asana eight time dynamically then it becomes one complete cycle. Like this way repeat three complete cycles then check there is bowl movement or not but do not strain. If there is no motion immediately it will be later.  Blood pressure high patient can benefited this process using lemon in spite of salt. One moderate size of lemon mix with one liter of lukewarm water then performs the Shankha Prakshalana series of asana.

Benefits of Laghoo Shankha Prakshalan:

This is one of the quick and natural treatments for constipation patient. If the bowel moment is not active in first and second attempt do not stop your practice within few days it cures the constipation and bowels moment will be easy. This is quick and short method which is less complicated and less effective than full Shankha Prakshalana but all other benefits are very similar to full Shankha Prakshalan. Those who could not participate the full Shankha Prakshalan they can be benefited by this Laghoo Shankha Prakshalan. This is good for regular practice.  This process is better to develop efficiency of digestive system.

Contra-indications:

Laghu Shanka Prakshalana should not be practiced if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, pregnancy, menstruation, strokes, stomach ulcer, hernia etc.

Series of Shankha Prakshalan Asana.

Tadasanas

Triyaka tadasana

Kati chakrasana

Tiryaka bhujangasana

udarakarshana

Tadasana (Palm Tree Pose)

Stand erect keeping the distance of feet about shoulder’s width. Interlock the fingers and rise up both hands over the head, and keep palms facing to the sky. Keep hand straight and arm close to ear. Try to stand on toes and stretch the entire body upwards hold for few second. Then, exhale and step your entire feet on the ground and put the palm over the head. Repeat in the same way for 8 times.

Alignment:

  • Keep your hands straight.
  • Keep hands parallel in neck distance

Tiryak Tadasana (Swaying Palm tree pose)

Stand erect keeping the distance of feet about shoulder’s width. Interlock the fingers and take a deep breath then rise up both hands over the head, and keep palms facing to the sky. Keep hand straight and arm close to ear. Then stretch entire body upwards holds for few second. Then, exhale and lean to the right side as much as possible then inhale and back to center then with deep exhale lean towards the left direction as much as possible then back to the center. This is one complete cycle repeat.

Allinment:

  • Keep your hands straight.
  • Keep hands parallel in neck distance.

Kati Chakrasana (Waist twisting pose)

Stand erect then inhale and lifts your both hand on shoulder distance parallel to each other. Bend the right arm and put it on the left shoulder. Then bend the left arm put the palm on the right side of the waist. Look at right heel of the leg.

Alignment:

-Keep your both legs parallel.

-Twist the upper trunk of the body above the waist.

Breathing:  Inhale while hands are rising

Exhale in twisting position. Hold out in final condition and inhale in when you back to normal condition.

Udar akarshan asana (Abdominal stretch pose)

Squat on the ground in hip distance apart. Fold your right leg and put knee on the ground and heel on the side of right thigh. Push the left knee rightward with left hand and keep right hand over the right knee .Twist your upper trunk and neck on the left side. Feel pressure in side of lower abdomen. Repeat from next direction.

Allianment:

Do not uplift the right heel.

Breathing: Inhale, in squatting position. Exhale while twisting.

Tiryak Bhujangasana (Twisting Cobra)

Lie down by keeping face down. Keep feet in hips width apart and flat on the ground with the toes point backwards. Place your palms on the side of chest. Inhale and raise your head, shoulders and chest from the ground till your arms become straight. Exhale, bending the right arm in the elbow and keeping the left arm straight, turn to the left in the waist. Whilst, stretching the neck leftwards as far as possible, try to see the right heel. Inhale and back to straight neck position and repeat from next direction.

This is only 1 cycle repeat 8 cycles.
 Alignment:

  • Keep your leg in hip distance apart.
  • Look over the shoulder.
  • Keep the toes flat and pointing backward.

For better performance of asana and better result you can prepare Shannkha Prakshalana group of asana before few days. Here is the schedule for pre practice of Shankha Prakshalan asana’s before one week.

  • 1stday : Two cycles
  • 2ndday: Three cycles
  • 3rdday:  Four cycles
  • 4thday:  Six cycles
  • 5thday:  Eight cycles
  • 6thday: Ten cycles
  • 7thday: Master cleansing

Vaman Dhauti

Vaman Dhauti  (Regurgitative cleansing)

Vaman mean ‘vomoting’ and dhauti mean wash or cleanse so the vaman dhauti mean cleaning of  digestive system by means of vomiting is vaman dhauti. This process is effective to take out acid, indigested food, toxic and other impure particles from upper digestive track. The Vaman dhauti is further divided in three types.

  • Kunjal Kriya (Pratice of vomiting water)
  • Gaja karma Kriya or elephant style of vomiting
  • Vyaghra Kriya or tiger style of Vomiting

Kunjal Kriya  (Pratice of vomiting water):

Prepare clean and pure warm saline water for the practice of Kunjal Kriya. Add one tea spoons of salt per liter of water. If possible rock salt is better. Water should be just lukewarm but not hot. Drink one to two liters of salty warm water quickly without stop. Fill your stomach by water as much as possible supposed you filled up to your throat, then lean little bit forward and keep your two fingers at the roots of tongue which stimulates  tongue root then helps to reflux the  vomiting. Try again and again and keep continue till all the water is out. Continue the process till all the water that you drank is vomited out.

Some people are scare about vomiting but this is easy and natural process to keep healthy digest. Even wild animal like tiger and lion practice the vomiting system to protect from daisies and to make strong digest which proves this process is natural. This is better to do in the early morning.  In the morning time stomach doesn’t start secretion of digestive juices which are acidic in nature. Acidic juice will cause burning sensation in the food pipe which is the cause of ulcer and acidity and indigestion. Kunjal kriya will flush out the acid and indigested food from the stomach. Also in the early morning there is not food in the stomach which makes it easier to perform this Kunjal kriya.

Note: Once a week will be better for normal condition.

Gaja karma Kriya or elephant  style of vomiting

Gaja means elephant and karma or kriya mean action. The action of vomiting like elephant is said to be gaja karma kriya. This kriya is similer to Kunjal kriya but in this kriya  we contract our abdominal muscles to take out the water instead of our finger in our mouth.

Take 1 to 2 liter of lukewarm pure water and mix a teaspoon of salt for one liter of water. Try to drink this water as quickly as possible. Drink more water as much as possible then stand near a basin or in a open ground and bend forward. Contract your abdominal muscles which induce vomiting and the water in the stomach will be thrown out.  Repeat this again and again till all the water is thrown out. Be sure that almost all the water is thrown out. When all the water is thrown out you will feel lightness in your abdomen.

After the Gaga Karma perform the jal Neti and relax in Shavasana. This is one of the best cleansing process of our digestive tract from mouth to stomach.

Vyaghra Kriya or tiger style of Vomiting

Vyaghra kriya or tiger style of vomiting is also said to be baghi kriya. The meaning of Vyaghra or Baghi means tiger. This process resembles with vomiting with tiger so we called this process is Vyaghra kriya.  This is best technique in case of food poison or in over eating problem. Sometime people eat with enjoyment and feels uneasy after the food on this case they can get relief by vyaghra kriya. The most interesting thing is tiger has good idea to protect the digestive system by throwing out the food by vomiting after 3 or 4 hrs of the food intake.  After the three or four hours of meal the most of the nutritious food will absorbed by digest only the food which is hard to digest will left over in the stomach.  This food is less useful for body and more Borden for intestine also which can stay long time in stomach and create different digestive problem. This is the best way to protect from over working of intestine and digestive system.

Process:

After 3 or 4 hrs of heavy food drink salty warm water as much as possible, quickly without stop still you feel the sensation of vomiting. When you feel the sensation of vomiting lean forward and put your finger inside your moth and take out all the water, food, acid and all  toxic through vomiting. This is similar process of Kunjal kriya but Kunjal kriya should perform in empty stomach early in the morning and Vyaghara kriya we can perform after 3 to 4 hrs of heavy food.  Vyaghara kriya helps to take out large portion of semi digested food, acid, water and other impurities.

Vyaghara kriya should followed by Jala Neti which helps to clean our nose.

Note: If you eat rotten food, overloaded food by mistake or if you feel discomfort in stomach after the meal on that case Vyaghara kriya can perform before three hours of meal.

Caution:

The Vaman dhauti is easy natural process of yoga detox. Fairly this is easy to practice and can be done even by beginners. Those with specific medical conditions they should advise with competent teacher.  There are certain conditions for which dhautis must not be practiced. These are: stomach or intestinal ulcers, hernia, heart problems, and high blood pressure. We can practice Dhauti once a week in normal health case. Dhautis should not be done daily or made a regular habit in normal case but for therapeutic approach we can keep continue for few days or week.

Benefits of Vaman Dhauti (Kunjal /Gaja karma/Vyaghra Kriya)

  1. The yogic detox ofVaman Dhauti helps to flush the stomach of the indigested food particles left over after digestion.
  2. According to naturopathy the most of the disease starts from our digestive problem . Vaman dhauti is the way to take out the root of many of disease.
  3. Indigested food can form the toxins in our body but after the Vaman dhauti it prevents to generate the toxic in digestive track.
  4. Vaman dhauti is knee to cleaning the stomach which removes gas, acidity and indigestion heavy food particle.
  5. It removes extra mucus from the food pipe or esophagus and heals respiratory system.
  6. Dhautis has good healing effect in cases of constipation, gastritis, functioning of kidney and liver.
  7. It helps to balance phlegm and bile disorders and keeps body physically fit.
  8. Vaman dhauti prevents burning and burdening effects in intestine.
  9. Those who eat too much meat, fast food and junk food these techniques of vaman dhauti can be best way of cleansing.
  10. Dhauti is good to reduce the side effect of alcohol and drugs.

Vatsara Dhauti

Vatsara Dhauti  or Kaki mudra (Cleansing the intestines with air)

Sit in a comfortable position and purse the lips like a crow’s beak. Draw the air in one sucking and fill the stomach with air as much as possible and hold as long as possible and feel that the air is passing out through the large intestine and through the anus. This process is good practice to cleanse the stomach and to make the digest powerful.  This is helpful to remove the stale gas and wind. This is the good way to cleansing through our natural air.

Vahnisara Dhauti or  Agnisara Kriya (Activating the digestive fire)

In Sanskrit language ‘Agni’ means fire and ‘Sar’ means essence and ‘Kriya’ means Action. The Agni Shar Kriya means the good action which boosts the digestive fire and makes metabolism strong.

Process:

Stand with legs in hip distance. Slightly lean forward then fold your knee and keep your both hands over the knees or just above. Deep inhale through nose and exhale fully through mouth and try to emptying lungs as much as possible. Hold out the breath and take strong support of the hand. Now flap your abdomen inwards and outwards.  Try your best to contract and expand abdomen rapidly then take deep breathe in through nose and release your abdomen. This is one round like this way repeat three round increase the round gradually. Beginner may have difficult to flap abdomen so they can start 10 to 12 times flaps in one round. The regular practitioner can flap about 50 times. The time of breath retention and movement of mussels will increase gradually. When you get full confidence you can practice ten to twelve rounds in one time.

Alignment:

  • During the Agnisar Kriya, the back should not bend but can tilt little forward.
  • The abdominal muscles should be allowed to relax.
  • Please make sure the arms are straight.
  • Do not contract your abdomen upwards.

Awareness: Be aware to abdominal movement and your Manipur chakra.

Precautions

People with high blood pressure, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, duodenal or peptic ulcers should avoid this. Those who are pregnant and have just undergone abdominal surgery should not practice the Agnisar Kriya. This practice should ideally be done in the morning on an empty stomach but after evacuating the bowels.

Benefit

  • Agnisar Kriya is helpful to tone whole digestive system.
  • Removes excessive gas, hyperacidity, indigestion, constipation, obesity
  • Massages the abdominal organs.
  • Strengthens the spleen, kidneys, liver and intestines.
  • Activate our digestive fire and Improve the appetite
  • burn out toxins
  • Develops strength of core mussels
  • Activate the manipur chakra
  • Regular practice helps to remove the obesity
  • Removes the lethargy and heaviness in body

Danda Dhauti

Danda Dhauti – Cleansing of intestine by  using catheter

The act of cleansing the stomach with the help of the catheter of higher number by passing it through the mouth slowly till the stomach so that the acidic water waste is ejected out. The traditional way of  Danda Dhauti is to insert a soft stick, stem of a banana but nowadays this technique is used to perform with a catheter. Drink 3/4 glass of warm salt water. Take a properly cleaned catheter and lean forward then slowly insert the catheter into your throat and push up to your stomach. Then start to come out the acidic water, mucus and bile from your stomach. When the water stop to come out, slowly take out the the catheter from mouth.

Cautions:

  • Always perform this technique with empty stomach.
  • This Kriya should be learned only under guidance of an experienced teacher (guru).
  • It should not practice as a regular practice.

Benefits:

This technique is good to take out the bile or mucus from stomach.

This cleansing technique is good against bad mouth odor.

Good for acidity and other digestive complains.

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