Types of Yogic Kriyas for Purification of Your Body
The Yogic cleansing process is also known as Shat Kriyas are an integral part of yoga. They help eliminate accumulated toxins from the system. Not only do these kriyas open our energy field and cleanse our astral body; they are also helpful in maintaining optimal physical health.
What are Shat Kriyas?
In the traditional yogic path, the cleansing processes or Shat kriyas are introduced at the early phase of practice, before one begins to learn the more advanced practices of postures, meditation, and Pranayama. It is defined as a series of exercises, or one can say techniques that lead the mind and body to a specific outcome. They clear excess phlegm from the body, thus removing blockages from the energy channels from the astral body.
Why Practice Shat Kriyas?
Today, we all are bombarded with toxins everywhere. They are present in our food and water, and even our hygienic products. Also, the foods we eat are very mucus- forming, thus creating more of a need to clear the correlating blockages that come from these. And, we believe that these simple and powerful cleansing techniques are necessary in modern times than ever before.
Through these cleansing processes, both the physical and energetic body is purified, and the yogi is more prepared to gain greater benefit from the practices that follow.
We encourage you to utilise the wisdom of the ancients by practising these cleansing Kriyas regularly. You will be surprised at how good they make you feel!
What are the types of cleansing Kriyas you can do for a purer mind and body?
Jala Neti Kriya- For Upper Nasal Tract
Jala Neti or water cleansing is an ancient Indian yoga technique which is practised early morning as a part of yogic practice.
Do you often feel difficulty in breathing or thick mucus conditions making your life uncomfortable? Have you recently been diagnosed with running sinuses?
If yes, then this process is best for cleaning out your nasal passage. It involves getting a little teapot like a jug, putting warm salt water in it and then put the spout up one nostril tilt your head and let the water flow out the other nostril. It is performed usually in the morning, but sometimes it is also done at the end of the day if you work or live in a dusty environment.
- It removes all the bacteria filled mucus from within the nose.
- It helps in draining the sinus cavities. Further, it will relieve your upper respiratory complaints like sore throats, post nasal drip, allergies, sinusitis, and inflammation of tonsils.
- When nostrils are free of mucus, it becomes beneficial for illnesses like asthma and bronchitis.
- It is beneficial for ear disorders.
Tip: For sinus infections, you can add a drop of diluted tea tree oil or oregano oil to the pot for facilitating the cleansing process.
Uddiyana Kriya- For Intestinal and Digestive Health
In modern times, our digestive health is in much greater compromise than it was in ancient times. Due to the conditions of our time, a good herbal cleansing protocol to further purify the intestinal tract is a must for a serious yogi.
Also known as the stomach lift kriya, this practice stimulates intestinal activity and helps relieve constipation. Intake of breath, holding on the breath and exhaling outplay an important role in this kriya. This process involves standing with your feet 1 to 1 and a half feet apart. Bend your knees slightly and rest the weight of the upper body on thighs. Now inhale deeply and then exhale completely. When your lungs are empty, pull the stomach muscles in towards the spine. Then upward and then completely relax. Repeat this motion for at least 4-5 rounds.
- Activates the Solar Plexus Chakra.
- Stimulates the pancreas and helpful for diabetes.
- It strengthens the immune system.
- Soothes irritability and anger.
Perform this kriya on an empty stomach. Do not practice this kriya if you have high blood pressure.
Trataka Kriya- For Concentration
Do you find difficulty in concentrating on your daily tasks? We are sure, due to the lack, your work suffers.
Trataka is the cleansing practice for both the eyes and the mind. It is a continuous gazing at an object and forerunner of meditation. It has a strong effect on the third eye chakra or the Ajna Chakra. This kriya washes and cleanses the eyes from the inside out. Start by sitting in a comfortable position with a candle in front about an arm’s length away and flame at the height as your chest. Stare at the flame without blinking for 10-15 seconds.
- Balances the nervous system.
- Relieves anger, depression, and insomnia.
- Improves memory and develops good concentration.
- Great preparation for meditation.
This article is not intended as medical advice and does not treat or diagnose. Please consult your physician for health-related concerns and practice these kriyas under the supervision of an expert.