Shankaprakshalana is an ancient Hatha Yoga practice that combines drinking lightly salted water with five specific yoga postures. The benefits of this cleansing practice are considerable.
The salted water is very mild and easy to drink and does not get absorbed into the body. Instead it passes through the system flushing out all accumulated matter. The real benefits of this practice come from the yoga postures which massage the internal organs and wash the water around.
Shankaprakshalana removes digestive problems, gas, acidity, constipation and helps with diabetes, hypoglycaemia, obesity, cholesterol, allergies, arthritis and many other conditions. But most convincing are the testimonies from people at Ashram Yoga who have been through the practice and actualised the benefits.
It also helps to move stagnant and blocked emotional energy. So if you are feeling lethargic after winter, then this method will help to get you going.
We teach both the long form of Shankaprakshalana and the short form. For the long form practice an experienced guide is essential. We recommend that inexperienced people do not practice the long form at home.
This is a strong technique that is quite
physically and mentally demanding. For this reason we require that participants have practiced Laghoo (the short form of Shankaprakshalana) before participating in the long form.
We ask that people attending this retreat arrive on the Friday evening and the cleanse will be performed early on Saturday morning. Special food (kitchari) and Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) will be provided after the practice. Complete rest is needed for the remainder of the day and also the following day.
For at least one week after the practice, your diet should be as pure, simple and neutral as possible to allow the digestive system to reset itself. This may include foods such as rice, wheat, bread, vegetables with low acidic content, nuts, lentils, and pulses.
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