Shankh Prakshalan is a yogic practice of cleansing the digestive tract and removing toxins from the body. It involves drinking a large quantity of lukewarm saline water and performing a series of specific yoga postures to encourage the water to flow through the entire digestive tract and eliminate waste.
Materials required for Shankh Prakshalan –
• 1 liter of lukewarm water
• 2 teaspoons of salt
• A clean and comfortable space for yoga practice
• Loose, comfortable clothing
How to perform Shankh Prakshalan?
• Preparation: Begin in the morning on an empty stomach, after evacuating your bowels. Mix 2 teaspoons of salt in 1 liter of lukewarm water.
• Drinking Salt Water: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and slowly drink one glass of saltwater. Then, perform a series of specific yoga postures, such as the Tadasana (mountain pose), Tiryaka Tadasana (swaying palm tree pose), and Kati Chakrasana (waist rotating pose).
• Repeat: After completing the postures, drink another glass of salt water and continue with the yoga postures. Repeat this process until you have consumed 4 to 5 liters of water and have performed the postures multiple times.
• Ending: After consuming the saltwater and performing the yoga postures, you can eat light, easily digestible food such as fruit or vegetable soup.
Benefits of Shankh Prakshalan –
• Cleansing of the digestive tract, leading to improved digestion and metabolism
• Improved overall health and immunity
• Increased energy and vitality
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Improved mental clarity and focus
Precautions when performing Shankh Prakshalan –
• Consult with a yoga instructor or medical professional before attempting Shankh Prakshalan.
• Do not attempt Shankh Prakshalan if you are pregnant, have high or low blood pressure, or have any medical conditions without first consulting with a healthcare professional.
• Be sure to perform the yoga postures correctly and with proper alignment to avoid injury.
• Drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
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