Agnisara Kriya also known as Vahnisara Dhauti, it is a practice which involves
moving the 'fire' in the body. Vahni and Agni mean fire. Sar means essence. This
'essence of fire' is located in the navel region. On a physical level, the practice
involves conscious movement of the abdominal muscles and organs, which creates
internal heat. The practice is very advantageous as a preparation for kapalbhati
and bhastrika pranayama.
BENEFITS OFAGNISARA KRIYA
This practice massages all the abdominal nerves, strengthens the muscles and stimulates
the associated nerves, encouraging the best possible functioning of these organs.
It promotes the correct secretion of digestive juices and thereby allows most
favorable absorption of nutrients. It prevents and removes various digestive maladies
such as constipation, indigestion, hyper acidity, hypo acidity, flatulence, constipation
and sluggish liver. .
VAMAN DHAUTI Vaman Dhauti or Vyaghra Kriya:
This is the second practice of hrid dhauti. 'Vaman' is to vomit 'Vyaghra' means
tiger. Just as a tiger regurgitatets food a couple of hours after eating; in this
practice you vomit the food from the stomach three hours after a meal. If it is
difficult you can drink a glass or two of warm saline water and then tickle the
back of the throat with the first two fingers to induce Vomiting. A sweet milk
rice pudding should be eaten after performing this practice traditionally. KUNJAL KRIYA:
It is almost alike Vaman, except that it is performed on an empty stomach. You
drink four to six glasses of warm saline water and then vomit it out. There are
no dietary restrictions afterwards.
This is done by inserting the middle finger into the rectum and rotating it clockwise,
then anticlockwise. Make sure the fingernail is cut short, and if necessary, you
can put some non irritating oil on the finger to lubricate the anus. The "Gherand
Samhita" also recommends the use of a turmeric root instead of the finger, and
starting by sitting in utkatasana.
This is a very difficult practice unless you are an advanced Hatha Yogi. It involves
standing navel deep in clean water, pushing the rectum out and washing it in the
hands. The "Gherand Samhita" states, "It is not easily available even to the gods"
BENEFITS OF THE DHAUTI SERIES
1. The 'Hatha Yoga Pradipika' states, "There is no
doubt that cough, asthma, diseases of the spleen, leprosy and twenty kinds of
diseases caused by excess mucus are destroyed through the effects of Dhauti Karma". 2. The whole digestive and respiratory tracts are cleaned and
purified by the practices of Dhauti. 3. It removes excess and old bile, mucus and toxins, and restores
the natural balance of the body's chemical composition, thus alleviating ailments
caused by such imbalances. 4. Dhauti Kriya helps remove the infectious bacteria from the
mouth, nose, eyes, ears, throat, stomach, intestines and anus. The results are
a reduction of excess fatty tissue and relief from flatulence, constipation, poor
digestion and loss of appetite. 5. Dhauti is even said to cure leprosy. Although this disease
is not prevalent in many countries today, the point is that even such dangerous
diseases can be alleviated through this powerful practice.
The "Gherand Samhita" states that dhauti can cure abdominal ailments
and fever; of course it is not sensible to practice dhauti during a fever or acute
visceral infection. But if it is practiced after recovery it will prevent recurrence
of the problem. There are certain conditions in which antar dhauti must not be
practiced. These conditions include stomach or intestinal ulcers, hernia, heart
disease, and high blood pressure.
Nauli and Uddiyana Bandha Nauli Kriya is proposed for regenerating, invigorating
and stimulating the abdominal viscera and the gastro-intestinal or alimentary
system. For the practice of Nauli you should know the Uddiyana Bandha. Uddiyana
can be done even in a sitting posture; but Nauli is generally done while standing.
(Detail procedures and benefits of these practices have been discussed at length
in the book "Yoga a Key to Curb Social Evils")