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Your Yoga: Day 13 - Shankha Prakshalan (Detoxing the Digestive System)

Updated: Mar 30

Dr Madhu Chaturvedi & Col Dr G.K Chaturvedi

सर्व मंगल मांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिकेI

शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणी नमोस्तुतेII

Why?

The Shankha (Conch) has multiple twists and turns. And in order to clean the Shankha, water is poured in at one end of the Shankha - its mouth, and after cleaning all the internal canals and corners, the water emerges from the other end of the Shankha.


Our digestive system, including the entire alimentary canal and the intestines (both small and large) are almost like the Shankha - full of loops, twists and turns. Over time, and with our food constantly passing through, and with the junk and the variety we feed ourselves, these passages get blocked/ choked, and otherwise overloaded. The Shankha Prakshalan thus helps decongest the gut, and cleanse the entire alimentary canal - from the daant to the aant - from the teeth to the intestine.


What?

The process has three steps:

  • Flushing out toxins and clearing out the intestines with salt water & vyayaam (exercise)

  • Adequate rest & restoration

  • Proper diet and re-nutrition


When?

  • When there’s Sambhava, so neither too hot, nor too cold, neither too wet, nor too dry. Ideally in the spring - March/ April, or in autumn - September October.

  • Early morning. Dedicate the entire day to this process, and don’t schedule anything else for this day. Be at absolute peace.

  • Ideally twice a year - with a gap of