Kriyas, yogic body cleaning

The purpose of cleaning in the yoga exercises, known as "kriyas", is to assist nature to eliminate the waste products from the body. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the classic books of Hatha Yoga, prescribes six kriyas (Shat Kriyas) especially for those who found weaknesses in your body and are flematicas by nature. Writes Gopala.


"The expression of the spirit increases in proportion to the development of body and mind which is encapsulated. Therefore, the yoga prescribed methods that train and develop the physical body and mind. A highly trained body must be first of all strong and healthy.

"The goal of every path of yoga is teaching how to concentrate the mind, how to discover hidden facets, and how to awaken the inner spiritual powers."

Swami Vishnudevananda, in the Book of Yoga

Our bodies are continuously, expelling waste materials through various cleaning mechanisms. It is the case of kidneys, lungs and intestines, sweat glands.

Anyway, for those of us that we live in a world where the air, food and water contaminated, sometimes, these exercises of cleaning can be a blessing.

The six prescribed kriyas is in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika they are:

1 Neti - nasal cleaning

2 Nauli - cleaning and strengthening abdominal and digestive system

3 Dhauti - cleaning of upper digestive tract

4 Basti - colon cleansing

5 Kapalabhati - cleaning of the lungs and bronchi

6 Tratak - stare

All the kriyas are especially beneficial when we practice fasting. This is because accelerates the detoxification process that occurs when we forget to eat over a period of time. Practice fasting incorporating kriyas is the cure of nature for many diseases caused by toxins in the body.

Gopala It is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda since 1975, she has taught courses of yoga and meditation in various countries and international teacher training courses. It is its double condition of jurist, on the one hand, and their intense practice of yoga and meditation, other, what characterizes their knowledge to apply these disciplines into everyday life.

Next Thursday Gopala overtakes us in a new article details of all exercises of cleaning or kriyas to explained in the Yoga Mediterranean Congress that held in Valencia from 12 to 14 February. You can see the information by clicking here

This year Gopala, as representative of the Sivananda Yoga Center, will do a session of Surya Namaskar aware on Saturday 13 February at 19.00 and a very special and novel of kriyas Sunday 14 at 10 in the morning.

This is the video presentation:

Respect to Surya Namaskar, It says Gopala in the presentation of his paper: "Surya Namaskar is a series of movements that you prepare for the asanas. The asanas and pranayama need each other. If we learn to breathe during the movement of the sun salutation, our body and our mind is they adapt to life with greater ease. Learn how to look how to circulate the vital energy practices while this powerful exercise. The pranayama in the movement went to the silence of meditation by repeating Special mantras of this exercise".

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By • 8 Feb, 2016 • section: Practice