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.


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 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.


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"


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")