January 26, 2024
233 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AB United Kingdom
Ask Yogi February 2024

Q: What benefits can be accrued by practicing the purification and cleansing techniques of yoga? -J. Paul – Plymouth

A: Ailments and disease are often the result of bacteria and virus that attack the immune system and weakening the performance of the physical body. Contemporary lifestyles and environments can cause pollution, toxins and generate considerable harmful substances. In large doses and over a period, these directly affect the body. Today we have new names for them such as oxygen breathing, colonics and so forth. I have listed benefits that can accrue from practising the cleansing techniques of yoga. I will also be covering this topic in future editions of the magazine. The purification and cleansing techniques in yoga, known as “Shatkriyas” or “Kriyas,” offer a range of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. I have highlighted some of the potential advantages below.

Physical Detoxification: These techniques help remove toxins and impurities from the body. Practices like Neti (nasal cleansing), Kunjal (stomach wash), and Dhauti (digestive tract cleansing) can aid in purifying the physical system.

Improved Digestion: Kriyas often involve practices that stimulate the digestive organs. This can enhance digestion, absorption of nutrients, and promote a healthier gut, reducing issues like bloating and indigestion.

Enhanced Respiratory Health: Practices like Kapalbhati (skull-shining breath) and Bhastrika (bellows breath) focus on controlled breathing. They can strengthen the respiratory muscles, increase lung capacity, and improve overall respiratory function.

Balanced Energy Channels: The cleansing techniques aim to balance the flow of energy (prana) in the body. This can result in improved vitality, increased energy levels, and a sense of well-being.

Mental Clarity: Yoga emphasises the connection between the mind and body. Purification practices, by removing physical and energetic blockages, can contribute to mental clarity, heightened concentration, and better focus.

Stress Reduction: Kriyas often involve breath control and meditation, which are known to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. This can have positive effects on mental and emotional well-being.

Enhanced Immune Function: By eliminating toxins and promoting overall health, purification practices may support a stronger immune system, making the body more resilient to illness.

Spiritual Growth: In traditional yogic philosophy, the cleansing practices are believed to purify not just the physical body but also the mind and soul. This purification is thought to prepare the practitioner for deeper spiritual practices and experiences.

Improved Skin Health: Detoxification through yoga practices can contribute to clearer skin by eliminating impurities from the body. This may result in a healthier complexion and a reduction in skin issues.

Balanced Hormones: Certain yoga practices, including those related to cleansing, may help regulate hormonal balance. This can have positive effects on mood, menstrual cycles, and overall reproductive health.

It’s important to note that these benefits can vary from individual to individual, and it’s advisable to learn and practice these techniques under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor to ensure safety and effectiveness. Additionally, individuals with pre-existing health conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating intensive cleansing practices into their routine.

Receive Updates

No spam guarantee.

I agree to have my personal information transfered to AWeber ( more information )
Powered by Optin Forms

Leave feedback about this

  • Quality
  • Price
  • Service


Add Field


Add Field
Choose Image
Choose Video
Subscribe to receive our exclusive newsletter
Click Me