Shat Kriyas in Yoga Therapy
In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian therapeutic medicine, shat kriyas are the six cleansing processes through the nine openings of the body. It is simple and patient can do it himself. It is therefore inexpensive. These shat kriyas are neti, dhauti, basti, kapalbhati, tratak and nauli.
1. Neti: Jal neti, sutra neti remove cough and other impurities of nose, sinus and the head.
2. Dhauti: Vastra dhauti removes cough and pitta from the stomach. Varisarsa dhauti cleans the whole digestive system from mouth to anus. Karnrandra dhauti cleans the ears.
3. Basti: Basti removes vata (vayu and sticky solid waste from the big intestines. For gas, sneha basti and for quatha (herbal) basti are recommended.
4. Kapalbhati: Kapalbhati removes impurities of lungs and forehead. It has the effect of actively moving metabolic wastes from the tissues into the lungs, where they are volatilized and expelled by the lungs.
5. Tratak: Tratak cleans the eyes. This is done by constant gazing at particular point until tears come out.
6. Nauli (recti control): Nauli is for massage of abdominal organs and toning up of the liver, pancreas for secretion of digestive enzymes. It also strengthens abdominal muscles.
Photos of a monk performing sutra neti are shown here.
Today, I’m going to talk about one of the most prevalent myths – “Yoga is only for women”.
I don’t need to go too far from the very origin of yoga to prove that this is not true. India, the land of yoga, is a fine example of the inclination and proficiency of men in the discipline of yoga. From yoga master Swami Rajarshi Muni, BKS Iyengar to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – there are several gurus who have blessed the world with their expertise in yoga. You might be surprised to know but this is true of the western world as well. Individuals such as Baron Baptiste, John Friend and David Swenson are some men who are amongst the most popular yoga teachers.
While I agree that the overall percentage of women doing yoga is a lot higher (statistics put the difference at 44.4%), yoga is definitely gaining prominence in the lives of men of all ages across the world. Also, that it is a practice that was initiated by men cannot be ignored.
Yoga holds immense benefits for our physical, mental and spiritual selves. While some men might find yoga to be too slow for them and prefer to ‘rough it out’ at the gymnasium instead, those who realize the full potential of a ‘yoga toned body’ are going to great lengths to propagate the same results. Yoga is for all individuals, irrespective of gender. There are many styles of yoga to suit every kind of person.
Who the heck is this?
What the heck is this? A frog?