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About the Cleansing Practices

Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana (Cleansing practices)

Shankhaprakshalana – cleansing practices has two forms:

1 Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana – commonly known as the short practice.

2 Shankhaprakshalana – full practice

On this weekend the full practice is offered to those who have previously completed the short practice. As the full practice needs dietary and environmental control and for the best results from the practice one must be prepared to extend their stay in the Ashram for at least 3 days after the weekend.

About the Practices:
The five asanas (postures) which form the core of the practice activate intestinal peristalsis and enhance the cleansing process. When performed in the correct sequence they progressively open the pyloric valve at the outlet of the stomach, then the ileocaecal valve at the exit of the small intestine and finally the sphincter which forms the anus.

Postures:
Tadasana – acts mainly on the stomach and stretches the colon; Tiryaka Tadasana – acts on the small intestine and colon; Kati Chakrasana – massages the small intestine; Tiryaka bhujangasana and udarakarshanasana squeeze and massage the caecum, sigmoid colon and rectum, and also stimulate the urge to defecate.

Other cleansing practices include:
Neti – nasal cleansing
Kungal – stomach wash
Tratak – candle gazing meditation for concentration and mental clarity
Bhamari & Nadi Shodhana – Pranayama – breathing techniques for purification
Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation for body/mind/emotions

Benefits: Physically, laghoo shankhaprakshalana alleviates digestive problems and tones the liver and other digestive organs and glands. It strengthens the immune system, reduces excessive mucus and purifies the blood.

Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana recharges the entire pranic body, removes blockages from the nadis and purifies all the chakras. The harmony of the five pranas is restored and the energy level is raised.

Mentally:
It calms the mind and prepares the way for higher states of consciousness. Any sadhana (practices) performed after the cleansing practices gives manifold results.

Information from: Asana, Pranayama, Mudra Bandha Swami Satyananda Saraswati Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India 

 

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