General Instructions About Kriyas
You are your own Master.You make your own future. Therefore discipline yourself Dhammapada.
It is important to undergo the training of Kriyas with a traditionally trained teacher and to be improved stage by stage.
Kriyas are generally practiced in the morning in empty stomach (Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Shankha prakshalana). But the practices of Kapalabhati, Trataka, Agnisar and Nauli can be done in the evening also.
As far as learning procedure of Kriyas is concerned it is advisable to learn one by one as follows:
- Jala Neti
- Sutra Neti
- Vamana Dhauti Or Kunjala Kriya
- Danda Dhauti
- Vastra Dhauti
Procedure For Nauli:
After achieving Nauli perfectly then proceed to Basti. Vastra Dhauti will be more effective if Nauli is performed in the final stage (after swallowing the cloth).
For Advanced Practitioners:
When advanced kriyas are performed it is advisable to do in the following order:
- Vastra Dhauti(Nauli Chalana is to be performed in the final stage)
- Danda Dhauti
- Vamana Dhauti Or Kunjala Kriya
- Sutra (Rubber) Neti
- Jala Neti
- On the day of Kriyas do not practice difficult Asanas as the body needs rest, but Pranayama can be practiced.
- Sankha prakshalana and Basti should be practiced separately, on different days, without combination of other Kriyas like Dhauti as it may become heavy for the practitioner.
- Trataka can be practiced in regular during other yoga Sadhana.
- Kapalabhati, Agnisar, Nauli, Trataka can be practiced daily in the morning and evening.
- Neti is generally advised once or twice in a week.
- Dhauti, Basti and Sankha prakshalana should not be done in very short period. They create quiet strong effects in the body. They are advised according to the need of the body, especially when the impurities to be removed from the body. Generally Dhautis can be practiced once in 15 days or in one month. Dhauti can be practiced once or twice in a week for the training period with Neti and Kapalabhati. It can be done continuously for few days in the morning especially to get relief from disorders like cold and asthma.
- Basti is practiced when the colon is to be cleansed. Generally, it is practiced once or twice in a month. It can be practiced even more if it is really required.
- Sankha prakshalana is generally advised once in three months or can be taken more time as it cleanses the whole digestive system.
The Effect And Knowledge Of Kriyas:
As the Kriyas cleanses the impurities from the body, the practitioner can feel lightness and free flow of respiration without any block. The practices of Asanas and Pranayama become easy. The body gets more flexibility also. Having achieved mastery in Kriyas it becomes easy to understand them and undertake the regular course of Kriyas very intelligently according to the need of body and mind.
Kriyas should not to be given to the children. Mild practices like Neti, Kapalabhati, Trataka can be started at the age of 15 and according to the strength and capacity of the student. Other Kriyas should be given carefully taking enough time without any hurry. Women during menses, persons suffering from serious disorders are advised not to take these practices.
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- Purpose and importance of Sodhana Kriyas in Yoga
- List of Kriyas
- General instructions about Kriyas
- Respiratory System
- Digestive SystemTrataka
- Sankha Prakshalana
- Inter-relationship of Kriyas with Chakras
- Shuddhi Kriyas and Pancha Karmas
Major Kriyas – Trataka, Kapalabhati, Neti, Nauli, Agnisar, Sankha Prakshalana, Dhauti and Basti contains:
- Anatomy of the related parts
- Materials used
- Previous practice
- for Spiritual aspirants,
- For Healthy persons and For patients
- Effects on Mental Health
- Contra indications
Book Name: Kriya Cleansing in Yoga
Pages 180, Author: Selvan
(Practice Kriyas under guidance of Guru )
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Purpose and Importance of Sodhana Kriyas in Yoga
Just as a door is opened with the help of a key, similarly the Yogi should Open the way to liberation with the aid of Yoga.
– Hatha Pradipika
When the sun within, the internal lamp is kindled with relaxed inner attention of mind, the calmness, serenity and inner stillness explores the inner dimensions of life. Yoga is a well-systematized, subjective, normative and experiential science. The incomparable strength of yogic practices removes all social, subtle bondages and stumbling blocks like conditionings and inborn reactivities to experience the bliss ineffable and attain comprehensive freedom, freedom at all levels where the pure consciousness (soul) abides in its real nature.
Purpose and Importance of Sodhana Kriyas in Yoga:
Kriyas (cleansing process), Asanas, and Pranayama are the bases for higher yogic practices like Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. The fusion of body and mind should lead the aspirant into the revelation of self – realization.
Elimination of impurities by Kriyas:
(cleansing process or Mala suddhi) brings down the body activity to a minimum level that facilitates the body working to go smoothly. Then the body requires less oxygen to carry out its functions and there will be less production of carbon-di-oxide due to less activity in the body. This provides less work to the respiratory organ in providing oxygen to the body and eliminating carbon-di-oxide from the body.
Thus, less requirement of oxygen (O2) and less production of carbon-di-oxide (CO2) facilitates the diaphragm movements and respiration which is important in the practice of Asanas and Pranayama in particular. Prana the subtle and first unit of energy links the body and mind. Pranayama, the pause in the movement of breath, enables the aspirant to control the higher and lower centres of brain thus controlling the emotions.
Kriyas are vital in influencing the immanent powers of body in developing specific immunity, capacity to resist and eradicate the offending factors and to help the body to recoup itself. Dhauti, Neti, Nauli, Basti, Trataka and Kapalabhati are the six Kriyas, practiced in empty stomach. Cleansing materials for Dhauti, Neti and Basti should be sterilized before and after the practice. The water should be luke warm and salt mixed.
The Practice of Kriyas should be taken only under traditionally trained expert. They should be practiced according to the need as the Hatha Pradipika Says.
Those having an excess of fat or Phlegm must practice the six purificatory processes first (before attempting the Kumbhaka – Pranayama). Those in whom the three humours (dosas) are in a state of equilibrium need not practice them.
-Hatha Pradipika II – 21
The mastery over in Kriyas is essential for advancement in Pranayama. Kriyas, undoubtly have an important part in the Tradition of Yoga and they stand greatly supporting all other practices like Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Dhyana.
Kriyas Reduces the Activity of the Body Leads to Smooth and Slow Respiration. This Facilitates the Practices of Asana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra and Dhyana (Meditation). (The aspirant) should do Pranayama (the Kumbhakas) after getting rid, by means of the six purificatory processes, of corpulence, disorders of phlegm etc. and other impurities. In this way he will succeed (in Yoga) without (much) difficulty.
-Hatha Pradipika II – 37