DHAUTI

What is Dhauti Kriya?

Dhauti is one of the Hatha Yoga Kriyas known as Shatkarmas.

Dhauti is divided into 3 groups.

Antar Dhauti (Internal Cleansing ), Danta Dhauti (Head Cleansing), and Hrid Dhauti (Thoracic Cleansing).

Practitioner Level

All the kriyas are at an advanced level, the reason why we say it is advanced is that it mostly concerned with the energy level rather than at the physical level.

When the changes happen at the energy system, naturally improvements get reflected at the physical level too.

This is an advanced level kriya which can be performed by the one who is already been practicing the yogasanas or pranayamas taught in our previous sections.

Do check out our yogasanas section to learn yogasanas from scratch to advanced level.

Do check out our pranayamas section to learn pranayamas from scratch to advanced level.

The practitioners of yoga who is been practicing for a few years will get a huge benefit out of it.

However, there is nothing wrong with practicing this kriya as a beginner under the guidance of a teacher.

Dhauti Effects

Dhauti’s main effect is across the entire alimentary canal from mouth to the anus at the physical level.

Do check out Dhauti Types for more information about the different types of Dhauti.

Most amazing 21 benefits of Dhauti Kriya

  • Jala Dhauti or Kunjal Dhauti controls the acidity.
  • Jala Dhauti helps to get rid off the allergies.
  • Kunjal Dhauti will help eliminates halitosis (bad breath).
  • With regular practice of this kriya, jaundice can be avoided easily.
  • Breathing problems can be eliminated and removes the headache.
  • Sutra Dhauti purifies the stomach.
  • This helps in purifying the upper respiratory tract.
  • If you are suffering from dust allergies or pollen allergies, this kriya is the best.
  • Dhauti Kriya, in general, helps in curing diseases like spleen, leprosy, cough, and asthma.
  • It balances the three doshas in the body i.e., Kapha, Vata, and Pitta.
  • Most of the bacterias get stored in stomach in human body. This kriya would help in removing them at the most subtle level.
  • Regular practice of this kriya for several months can completely remove the dark circles.
  • The easy way to take place in the human body for baterias is mouth. This kriya would help in removing them from your mouth.
  • Dhauti will also increase the formation of saliva by stimulating salivary glands.
  • Out of all the Shatkarma Kriyas Dhauti is best for removing the leftover food residues in the stomach.
  • Vamana Dhauti is beneficial in increasing the efficiency of the functions of Kidneys, Liver, and Intestines.
  • This would help control obesity, diabetes, gas, flatulence, and constipation.
  • This will give a message to the internal organs.
  • The main advantage of Vastra Dhauti is that it helps in getting a glowing skin by eliminating skin problems.
  • One of the advantages of Danda Dhauti would help in increased appetite.

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Things required to practice the Dhauti?

Below are the things which are required to do Dhauti Kriya.

  • A Pot – You can use the pot to perform Jala Dhauti kriya. A small pot that can store lukewarm water.

  • A thin while and a clean cloth – This can be used to perform Vastra Dhauti.

  • Nails should be cut off while performing Vamana Dhauti. Keep your hands very clean and hygiene before performing the Vamana kriya.

  • Lukewarm Water – Do not use the cold water, as your nose gets blocked. So use lukewarm water. It will help to cleanse the bacterias.

  • A Pinch of Salt – Salt help removes the microscopic bacterias.

  • Round Flexible Stick – This is to perform Danda Dhauti, it is sent down your stomach through the mouth.

  • A Clean and Long Thread – To perform Vastra Dhauti, you need this.

Let us now look into how can we perform each type of kriya one by one.

1) What is Danta Dhauti?

Danta means teeth and Mula means root. Danta Dhauti is further divided into 4 ways.

  • Danta Mula
  • Jhiva
  • Karna
  • Kapala

How to do Danta Mula Dhauti?

This is to cleanse your teeth from the root. Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Danta Mula Dhauti.

  • Wash your mouth with lukewarm water.
  • Use acacia resin or clean earth and rub it to remove and cleanse the impurities present in the teeth.

How to do Jhiva Dhauti?

Jhiva means tongue. This is to cleanse your tongue.

  • Wash your mouth with lukewarm water.
  • Place your index, middle, and ring finger into the throat and rub the root of your throat continuously.

How to do Karna Dhauti?

Karna means ear. This is to cleanse the ear which enables one to listen to the mystical sounds during the deeper levels of meditational practices.

  • Put your finger in ear and rotate it in a circular motion.
  • Repeat the same with the other ear.

How to do Kapala Randhra Dhauti?

Kapala means skull and Randhra means hole. This is to message the front part of your head.

  • Bring your right thumb at the middle of your eyebrows.
  • Rub gently for a few minutes in an upward direction.

2) What is Antar Dhauti Kriya?

Antar in English is internal. It is to cleanse the lower part of your stomach region and large intestine.

This is again divided into four types.

How to do Vatsara Dhauti?

In this method, we use air to cleanse the lower abdominal region.

Vatsara in English is drinking of air.

  • Swallow the air slowly into your stomach through your mouth.
  • Hold the air in your upper stomach and intestine for a while.
  • Release the air through the anus with little or no pressure to your stomach.

How to do Varisara Dhauti?

In this method, you will be using water to cleanse the entire digestive tract from mouth to the anus.

This is also called as Shankhaprakshalana Dhauti.

  • Fill your stomach with salty lukewarm water.
  • Hold the water for a few minutes.
  • Let the water out from your anus with little or no pressure to your stomach.

How to do Agnisara Dhauti?

This kriya is to generate heat energy in your navel region. You use heat as the medium to cleanse the abdominal region.

This is also called as Vahnisara Kriya.

  • Rapidly contract and expand your abdominal muscles while sitting in padmasana or vajrasana.
  • You can do the rapid breathing with abdominal movement to create the same effect on your navel region.

How to do Bahiskrita Dhauti?

This is to cleanse your whole body by holding the air inside. This kriya would bring you the body of God.

  • Be in Kaki Mudra or Crow Seal.
  • Suck the air in for 90 minutes.
  • Pull your long intestine out.
  • Then washed intestine carefully with hands and draw it again in the abdomen.

3) What is Hrid Dhauti?

Hrid means heart in English. This is the cleanse the organs nearby the heart region. This kriya is again divided into 3 types.

How to do Danda Dhauti?

You use a flexible and smooth stick as a cleansing medium. This would help remove the phlegm and bile from the deep down of your throat.
  • Insert a core of a banana tree stem or turmeric root into the throat and let it reach below the throat.
  • Slowly pull it out.
  • Clean the stick one more time and repeat the procedure for 3 more times.
  • Use clean water to clean up the stick.

How to do Vastra Dhauti?

This can be performed using Vastra meaning Cloth.

  • Prepare a tub or pot with lukewarm water and 2 teaspoons of salt per liter.
  • Swallow the cloth which was immersed in the lukewarm water till it reaches the core of your stomach.
  • Keep it for around 2-3 minutes inside the stomach.
  • Slowly pull out the cloth.
  • Repeat the procedure 3 times in total (Ensure you clean the cloth each time).

How to do Vamana Dhauti?

Vamana means vomiting. This can be done using lukewarm water.

  • Prepare lukewarm salty water (2 teaspoons of a salt/liter).
  • Drink it to fill your stomach.
  • Bend your trunk forward to a 90-degree angle while keeping the feet at a distance of 1 foot.
  • Use your middle finger and touch the root pallet to get a sense of vomiting.
  • Vomit out all the water your drunk.

4) What is Moola Shodhana Dhauti ?

This is to cleanse the rectum using a soft turmeric root.

How to do Moola Shodhana Dhauti?

You can use turmeric root or your own middle finger (Extra grown nails should be cut off from your finger before performing this kriya).

  • Use your middle finger or turmeric root to insert it into your rectum (Your Anus).
  • Rotate it clockwise and anticlockwise for 2-3 times.
  • It will cleanse the extra feces from the rectum.
  • Use olive oil or any lubrication for easy insertion of turmeric root.
  • Ensure you stand in Utkatasana while performing this Kriya.

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