Our inspiring Yoga instructor Sabrina Marr swears by the *Shankhaprakshalana method - A spring cleaning to the intestinal tract, which completely changed her life. When she first tried it, Sabrina experienced improvements in taste and sight, better skin, and felt lighter and healthier than ever before.
Sabrina shares with us her amazing experience and what the process looks like and invites you to try it with her in her new 6-day cleansing program.
By Sabrina Marr The word Shankhaprakshalana comes from two words. Shankha means "conch" and prakshalana means to wash completely. The word shankha is used to represent the entire alimentary canal from mouth to anus. Who else wants better digestive health and a stronger immune system? With this ancient purification and rejuvenation technique, you will get a thorough washing of your entire alimentary canal, and now you can try it too.
Ola Ka Ola is offering this method as a special program for its members.
First Part: Drink Water, Follow a New Diet, and Get familiar with the Sequence of Asana
You will perform Asana on the day of Shankhaprakshalana Prepare to follow a vegetarian diet during the week of the cleansing and the week after. In the first 5 days, right when you wake up (and even before breakfast) drink water in the following order in a seated or squat position (not standing).
The quantities are: Day 1- 10 oz of water. Day 2 - 15 oz of water. Day 3- 20 oz of water. Day 4- 25 oz of water. Day 5- 35 oz of water.
After you drink the water, join the asana practice. It only takes about 15 minutes. You can join live at 7:30 am EST, or do the recording. Second Part: Shankhaprakshalana Day 6 is when you will practice Shankhaprakshalana, which is the process of cleaning the intestinal tract by removing the impurities with saltwater. The best place to practice Shankhaprakshalana is in an open area, or in a room with open windows where there is fresh air. Make sure that there are adequate toilet facilities nearby. When you wake up in the morning, prepare plenty of the following warm water mix: Using a big container, add 2 teaspoons of salt for each quart of water, and the juice of half a lemon. Drink 10 oz of the water mix and then do the series of 5 exercises below- 2 times (each pose 8 times). Come back and repeat the whole thing 6 times (10 oz water + 2 sets of 5 exercises). The exercises are as following: Tadasana: Extend both arms over your head, grab your hands, interlace your fingers, turn palms facing the sky, go up on your toes and back on your feet 8 times
Teriyaki Tadasana: Extend both arms over your head, grab your hands, interlace your fingers, turn palms facing the sky, side stretch right to left 8 times on each side
Katti Chakrasana: From standing pose, turn side to side and allow arms to wrap around your waist on both sides 8 times on each side
Tiryaka Bhunjangasana: Lie flat on your belly, lift your chest up to full cobra, look over your right shoulder, lie flat on your belly, come up to cobra and look over your left shoulder, repeat 8 times.
Udarakarshan: squat down, feet together, with the right hand, help your right knee come down to the floor 8 times, then repeat on the left side
If you need to go to the bathroom, go and empty your bowels, do not strain. Leave the particular asana and go to the restroom, and then come back and continue from where you had left that particular asana. Afterward continue drinking the water, performing the asanas, and using the restroom. As pressure increases fewer stools and more water will be evacuated. The whole process will take about 90 minutes. Afterward, rest for about 1 hr to 45 min. It is essential after the practice of Shankhaprakshalana to rest in Shavasana position. Try to maintain complete silence because during this time the whole digestive system is given a chance to recharge itself. Passing urine at this time is perfectly normal. Third Part: Special Meals Prepare a meal with rice and lentil. Cook with water and let the water evaporate until ready. Add Ghee (clarified butter). 2 hours after completing Shankhaprakshalana the specially prepared food, khichri (rice + moong lentils), must be taken. Eating this meal at the correct time is essential. The 3 components of the khichri are helpful in the restoration of correct digestive function. The second meal of khichri should also be prepared for the late afternoon or evening meal, about 6 hours after the first meal. Rest for the rest of the day. For the whole week following the cleanse, observe a vegetarian diet. I hope you enjoyed reading about Shankhaprakshalana. Feel free to send me a message with any questions: email@example.com. I invite you all to join my new cleaning courses during the last week of every month. Check out the schedule here
*This practice should only be performed in the presence of a yoga master and not without the advice of a medical practitioner.
Sabrina Marr - Trainer