Links to popular Yoga detox posts
How to Detox With Yoga
Some claim the first to detox were ancient Egyptians. Others say it was the Indu-Sarasvati culture of India, the same people who gave us Yoga millennia ago.
Yoga was initially described in writing in the Katha Upanishad of the fifth century BC as control of the senses and a cessation of mental activity – a detox of the mind. Patanjali wrote of the niyama, sauca, or purification. The enlightened sage, Vyasa, who authored the preeminent commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, suggests that this should be “through fasting or other requirements regarding pure diet.”
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, compiled some 600 years ago by Svatmarama, was one of the first texts piecing together orally passed traditions of Yoga. It defines a system of physical purification that helps to prepare practitioners for higher states of meditation and ultimate bliss. The Gheranda Samhita, an important text that followed in the 17th or 18th century, further elaborates on Yoga detox methods.
A thorough Yoga detox requires attention to:
- Pure diet
- Asanas – postures
- Pranayama – breathing exercises
- Mudras – spiritual gestures or energetic seals
- Dhauti and basti – primarily detoxification of the gastrointestinal system
- Neti – cleaning of the nasal passages and sinuses
- Nauli or lauliki – abdominal exercises
- Trataka – gazing exercises
More links to popular Yoga detox articles
- Is Shanka Prakshalana safe?
- Why to Say “No” to the Master Cleanse
- Fasting for Health
- Fasting for Health: An Update
- Is Clay Eating Dangerous?
- Vamana Dhauti and Flabby Stomachs
- Vamana Dhauti: A Vomit a Day…
- Warning: Vamana Dhauti
- Eating Clay