Shatkarma

As the name reflects, it consist six (shat) kriyas. It is the cleansing procedure in yoga therapy. It is advised in hath yoga that without internal cleansing yoga practices and yog sadhna cannot be practiced.  Let’s understand Shatkarma and other cleansing kriyas in yog therapy.

1-Neti

There are primarily three type of Neti : 1. Jal Neti 2. Sutra Neti 3. Gharit Neti.

These are done to clean the upper respiratory track especially nasal and sinus cavity. It is an amazing procedure which has lots of benefits. It prevents and help to cure sinusitis, helpful in eye site, relive snoring, contribute in hair health, and reduce stress and allergy. Jalneti and gharit neti are very easy to use and anybody can do it after learning from an expert. Sutra neti may need some practice under an expert guidance. By doing the neti we can avoid many health issues related to upper respiratory track.

2-Dhauti

This is the process of cleansing the digestive track through ingesting the soft muslin cloth made for this kriya. This should be done under an expert supervision. It is very effective to clean the food pipe and stomach. It helps to prevent and treat acidity, poor digestion, skin problems etc.

3-Basti

It is done through sucking water through a tube inserted in rectum to clean the colon. It should be done under a expert supervision. It is very effective in case of constipation, weakness of large intestine and abdominal muscles. It also strengthen the sphincter muscles and prevent many disorders related to digestive track such as hernia, ulcers, piles, fissure etc.

4-Nauli

It is done through sucking water through a tube inserted in rectum to clean the colon. It should be done under a expert supervision. It is very effective in case of constipation, weakness of large intestine and abdominal muscles. It also strengthen the sphincter muscles and prevent many disorders related to digestive track such as hernia, ulcers, piles, fissure etc.

5-Kapalbhati

It is a respiratory kriya associated with abdominal movement. In this sadhak dose passive inhalation and active exhalation by which a jerk created on every stroke. It is a very useful kriya for overall health, weight loss, to improve digestion, remove fatique and balance Nadis.

6-Trataka

This kriya is based on focus. We can use candle flame, a dot on a white blank sheet, or any other fixed object. We just gaze on the object to focus. It help to relive stress, good for eyes, and increase decision power. It is useful for everyone. To learn it you can contact any yoga teacher or an expert.

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