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When I was 10 years old, my dad well-intentioned to rinse his nose at home. The teenager’s contradictory spirit then answered this firm “no,” and since the word “yoga” was spoken in the conversation, it struck me for a long time that yoga is unpleasant, stupid and unnecessary. A year ago, a friend persuaded me to do yoga, I tried and realized that children’s beliefs are not entirely true. And recently I parted with them completely, having experienced the cleansing practices of shatkarma, including the great and terrible washing of the nose.

Shatkarma is translated as “six actions.” It is believed that it is with these exercises that one should begin the practice of yoga. “Shatkarmas, like meditation, are internal yoga and only personal practice,” says Maria Mitrofanova, a teacher at YogaDOM. – Pollution at the level of the physical body has a projection on the state of mind. Performing shatkarmas, we work with the basic life support systems – we cleanse the nasal passages, eyes, gastrointestinal tract – and as a result we feel strong positive changes not only in the body, but also in the work of the mind, in the depth of perception of what is happening. ” Shatkarmas also balance doshas, ​​that is, put in order the ratio of the energy of various elements in the body, and this, according to Ayurveda, is a guarantee of good health and long life.

There are many cleaning techniques, of which the following are related to shatkarmas:

– jala neti (rinsing and cleansing of the nasal passages) –

– trataka (eye wash, eye gymnastics and the practice of close contemplation of an object) –

– kapalabhati (exercise to cleanse the airways and the anterior lobe of the brain) –

– nauli (wave-like movements of the abdominal muscles to massage and strengthen the abdominal organs) –

– basti (washing the colon by drawing and releasing water through the anus) –

– dhauti (various techniques for cleansing the digestive tract).

Shatkarmas are practiced by many yogis. Under their guidance, you can learn to perform these simple procedures. So I did. Today I will talk about the first two practices.