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One should swallow slowly, as advised by the guru, a wet (piece of) cloth four fingers (approx. three inches) in breadth and fifteen cubits long, and then draw it out. This process is known as Vastra Dhauti.
H.P. II: 24
Nauli (Nauli chalana)
Dhauti cloth: 3 inches in breadth, 22½ feet in length, a finely woven cotton fabric like Muslin (Hindi – Malmal) is suitable. The borders of the cloth delicately but neatly stitched. Soft white muslin is ideal.
Luke warm water.
Vessel for keeping Dhauti Cloth.
Vastra Dhauti can be practised either in standing or sitting. Sit in a comfortable position.
The vessel containing the cloth and water is placed on the ground at a distance of around two feet from the practitioner.
Take one end of the cloth while the rest of the cloth is immersed in water and fold (2-3 small folds) forward and backward and place it at the root of the tongue.
The fold should be in such a way that it opens up easily as it moves down the pharynx.
Drink a sip of water and swallow the cloth, continue swallowing like food.
Do not swallow too quickly because that might induce vomiting reflex. When retching sensation is felt, stop for sometime till the spasm gets relieved, then continue swallowing.
Swallow till 1to 2 feet is left outside.
Perform Nauli chalana, so that the cloth rubs and massages the stomach.
Stop the practice and pull out the cloth carefully using the fingers.
Do not apply force while pulling out the cloth as it may damage the soft parts of the stomach and esophagus.
Time duration for the whole practice should not exceed more than 20 – 25 minutes.
Cloth (Vastra) should be continuous one without any joints. Stitching of the Dhauti cloth should be proper and good.
There should not be any cut, loose thread, torn or other damage in the cloth as it may remain inside the stomach or injure the delicate esophagus and stomach walls.
Cloth should be washed by hands using very soft soap if required. Don’t use brush.
Cloth can be used according to one’s practice like three months. But, when you find it not suitable better get a new cloth.
Don’t put the cloth in boiling water, cloth may get damaged. So put inside the warm water.
The time allowed for the whole process should not be more than 20 to 25 minutes in total as it is quite likely that the pyloric end of the stomach may open and a part of the Dhauti cloth may pass into duodenum. Then it is difficult to take it out, as it will be caught at the other end of the stomach. Force might tear the Dhauti cloth or harm the tissues making them to bleed.
One must reserve one to two feet of the Dhauti cloth outside for bringing it out.
One should not pull the cloth forcefully when it is caught firmly due to vigorous contraction of the muscles of the esophagus or cardiac sphincter. Take rest for a while, drink some water, swallow some more length of cloth; when muscles relax bring out the cloth softly.
The cloth should be washed, dried and kept in a closed container.
It should not be practised in front of the public.
Precautions of Vamana Dhauti No. 3, 5, 6, 8 are also applicable to Vastra Dhauti.
Benefits Of All The Three Dhautis
“As a result of performing Dhauti (Vastra), asthma, diseases of spleen and the skin and the twenty varieties of diseases caused by excess of phlegm undoubtedly get cured” Hatha pradipika II – 25
One should throw out by the upper passage (mouth), the phlegm, bile and mucous. By the practice of Danda Dhauti, one can certainly get rid of the diseases of the gullet. Gheranda Samhita I -37
This (Vastra Dhauti) cures tumour, fever, enlarged spleen, skin diseases and disorders of phlegm and bile. Day by day it brings (more and more) health, strength and growth.
Gheranda Samhita I – 40
For Spiritual Aspirants
Provides purification and awareness of Nadis and Chakras located in the chest and throat region. Anahata Chakra (heart), Vishuddhi Chakra (throat)
Gives concentration to the mind by giving one pointedness and thoughtless state to the mind.
For Healthy Persons
Diaphragm and abdominal muscles are well exercised that helps to the practices like Asanas and Pranayama.
After Dhauti, the respiration becomes very smooth and easy that helps for different yogic practices.
* practice Dhauti with proper guidance of a yoga teacher
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