This is the upward lotus pose. Sit in padmasana and keep the palms on the floor beside the thighs. Breathe in and press into the ground, raising the entire body off the ground. Balance only on the hands here and if possible swing the body backwards and forwards on the arms. Lower the body back […]
Jala neti preparations First of all, take a neti pot with nozzle that can be easily inserted into the nostril. One teaspoon of salt may be added into half litre of lukewarm water. Now, fill the neti pot with this water. How to do Jala Neti The simple steps and technique of performing Jala neti […]
Kapalabhati Pranayama ‘Kapala’ is a Sanskrit word, it means skull. ‘Bhati’ means to shine. The term ‘Kapalabhati’ means an exercise that makes the skull shine. Sit on Padmasana. Keep the hands on knees. Close the eyes. Perform forceful exhalation followed by passive inhalation. This should be practised rapidly gradually. One will get perspiration profusely. Exhalation […]
Bhastrika Pranayama In Sanskrit Bhastrika means ‘bellows’. Rapid succession of forcible expulsion is a characteristic feature of Bhastrika. Just as a blacksmith blows his bellows rapidly, so also you should move your breath rapidly. Sit on Padmasana. Keep the body, neck and head erect. Close the mouth. Next, inhale and exhale quickly ten times like […]
Trataka (Gazing) Gaze steadily without winking with a concentrated mind at any small object, until tears begin to flow. By this practice all diseases of the eye are removed. Unsteadiness of the mind vanishes. Sambhavi Siddhi is obtained. Will-power is developed. Clairvoyance is induced.
Nauli This is abdominal churning with the help of rectus muscle of the abdomen. Bend the head down. Isolate the rectus muscle and turn it from right to left and from left to right. This removes constipation, increases the digestive fire and destroys all intestinal disorders.
Basti This can be practised with or without a bamboo tube. But it is better to have a bamboo-tube. Sit in a tub of water covering your navel. Assume the posture Utkatasana by resting your body on the forepart of your feet, the heels pressing against the posteriors. Take a small bamboo-tube 6 fingers long […]
Vastra Dhouti Practice Catch one end of the cloth with both hands and start swallowing slowly with deep awareness and ease. Drink sips of water along with the cloth if it does not move on smoothly. Make sure that about 20 – 25cms of the cloth is left outside towards the end. After completing, wait […]
Vaman Dhauti Practice Drink about one and a half liters of lukewarm saline water (about 1% saline) as quickly as you can until you feel like vomiting it out. Churn the stomach by twisting exercises. Stand with feet apart at shoulder width and bend the trunk forward forming an angle of about 80 degrees to […]
Kapalabhati (frontal brain cleansing breath) Practice Practice rapid breathing with active and forceful exhalation and passive inhalation. During each exhalation, blast out the air by vigorous flapping movements of the abdomen in quick succession. Inhale passively by relaxing the abdominal muscles at the end of each exhalation. Repeat the exhalation as quickly as possible at […]