Purification Techniques in Hatha Yoga
Being less conscious about what we eat leads to the building up of toxins within the body. This makes us lazy and lethargic. Following a Sattvic diet or following a regular method of detoxification is proven to help in leading a healthy life.
In Yoga, the processes involved detoxification of the entire body is called Shatkriya or Shatkarma. In Hatha yoga, there are six kriyas or practices to ensure the complete purification of the body.
They are: Neti, which involves nasal cleaning using saline water. Dhauti is the cleansing of the entire digestive tract from oesophagus to rectum. This helps in absorbing nutrition and aids in digestion. Nauli is a process of abdominal massage, where after a complete inhalation and tucking in the stomach, the muscles of the stomach are moved vigorously. Basti involves the cleansing of the colon. Kapalbhati is a potent pranayama technique that purifies, vitalizes and balances the brain and the nervous system. It helps in the re-energizing the chakras. Trataka is a method of meditation and concentration where the practitioner gazes at a single point without blinking. Other than improving memory, attention and awareness, this kriya is known to awaken the third eye and invokes various psychic abilities.
These yoga and pranayama practices cleanse the body, boost immunity as well as increases the flow of the life force. It is beneficial for almost at vital and subtle systems of the body.
Shat-kriyas are considered as sacred secret methods and so it should be endowed on the disciple by a Guru. It can never be learned from books or you tube and needs the proper guidance from an experienced Guru. This is because certain kriyas are not advised for people with certain medical conditions. If not done with proper care and advice all these potent kriyas can have adverse effects.
Our experts at the Omkar Yoga studio will help you to master these techniques according to your body and thus you can make them a part of your daily Yoga practice.