Yoga Salt Flush

Someone just sent me this powerful yoga salt cleanse. Maybe you know it already? It’s explained so well, how it clears the intestinal ducts, especially, and in one morning! Easy. You just mix 6 tsp. good salt with 3 liters of water. Drink 2 cups – do the 5 asanas (they’re easy), Drink 2 cups, do them again, and then one more time. This article explains how amazing it is for migraines, stomach, skin and all the rest. It’s weird how you know something is gonna be great, before even doing it. What a treasure!


Shankaprakshalana – The Intestinal Wash
It’s not really that hard to say: shank – a – prac –
sha – lana. “Shanka” means conch and
”prakshalana” means cleaning out. The ancient
yogis conceptualised the digestive system as
being like a conch, a long spiralled passageway
through which food travelled. To clean out the
whole digestive system from mouth to anus, they
invented/discovered a wonderfully clever but
simple method.
First thing in the morning, before any food or
drink is taken, a quantity of warm saline water is
prepared. The water is drunk 2 cupfuls at a time
and then a series of stretching exercise is done.
More water is drunk, and again the exercises are
performed over and over again. After about 6 – 8
cups, pressure is built up inside the bowels,
stimulating the urge to evacuate. The drinking,
exercising and evacuating sequence is continued
until the water coming out is as clean as the
water going in!
There are two versions of this technique. The
short form, Laghoo Shankaprakshalana, often
just called “Laghoo”, is performed only up to
about 6 or 8 cups of water and takes only 15 – 20
minutes. The full form, Poorna
Shankaprakshalana is continued to the state of
complete bowel cleanliness and may involve 20
– 60 cups of water and take 4 hours. They are
most often just called “Laghoo” and
“Shankaprakshalana” respectively.
In this report, we shall discuss the techniques of
the “Laghoo” or “Short intestinal wash”only.
The time it takes to get fully clean, and the time
which one can continue for, depends on many
things, such as the number of times one has done
the practice, physical fitness, emotional stability,
internal blockages, remnant toxins and drug
deposits, etc. The common symptoms of people
needing to do this technique – like constipation,
impure blood, bad breath, pimples, menstrual
problems, PMT, mental overload, repressed
anger, depression, hormonal imbalances,
anaemia, hepatitis, chronic infections, migraines,
asthma, sinusitis, etc, – all mean that the body

has not been cleansing properly in the past.
As shown on the diagram on page 2, there are 5
valves or sphincters in our food passage. At any
stage of our digestive system, muscular tensions,
emotional tensions and even mental tensions,
can restrict the flow in the system. For example,
some people may tend to accumulate their
tensions primarily in the stomach region, and
therefore the oesophageal valve (#1) or the
pyloric valve (#2) may be the most inactive.
Others may have a blockage around the ileocecal
valve (#3), and others at the colon (#4) or anus
(#5). At the anus there are in fact two sphincters,
an inner and an outer one, both of which need to
co-ordinate to work properly. The complexity of
the GIT, and its sensitivity to day to day
tensions, is why so many people today are
constipated, and why so many especially have so
much trouble with relaxing their bowels when
Normally each of these sphincters is controlled
involuntarily by the body’s own timing and
control systems, but what happens after many
years of bodily neglect or abuse, is that they lose
their natural function, become inefficient and
gradually the system starts to pack up. This
causes what is known as auto-toxaemia, a state
where the body’s own wastes begin to poison
itself. Poor food, sedentary lifestyles, late eating
hours, habitual snacking and dehydration, are
also common reasons that the digestive system
will become inefficient at assimilating and
eliminating. More than just some salty water, the
whole of ones lifestyle needs to be addressed for
long term digestive health.
The water going through and all the exercises
performed, along with all the breathing in and
out being done during the practice, gently
massage those valves to relax and open up. It
works to recondition the function of the valves,
the organs connected to them and their
corresponding nervous control systems, giving
better voluntary control of those, normally,
involuntary activities.

The intestines get a good wringing out and any
stuck matter is moved into the water and
eliminated very quickly.
Normally when food passes through the GIT,
due to a positive osmotic pressure, all the salts,
chemicals and nutrients in the food pass through
the intestinal membranes and are absorbed into
the blood stream. For many people this happens
only poorly, and much of the potential food
goodness is lost and excreted, due to waste
matter permanently lodged in the little nooks

and crannies of the intestines which in turn has
caused reduced internal diameter of the passages
and poor transfer across the cells. The warm
salty water firstly dissolves all this matter, to get
the walls clean. It is an interesting phenomenon,
that once the physical matter is removed from
the walls, due to a negative osmotic pressure
caused by the salt in the water, the water then
starts to draw salts, acids and toxins out of the
bloodstream, and into the water for elimination.
This is truly an amazing thing the yogis
discovered. Here we have a method of actually
purifying the blood and back-flushing the
intestinal wall cells. The result afterwards is a
clean lining, more efficient chemistry in the GIT
and a reversal of toxic accumulations in the
Another aspect which the technique addresses is
the function of the auxiliary organs of digestion:
that is the liver, the gall bladder, pancreas and
spleen. At various points along the passage of
our food, these organs inject into, or draw certain
substances from, the intestines. During
Shankaprakshalana, as the water passes through,
it cleans out these ducts and organs, initially
removing the blocked matter, but later on
drawing out the toxic substances lodged within
the tissue of those organs themselves. For
example, the continual exercising and drawing
effect helps to dislodge and breakdown gall
stones which can be seen to pass out in the
So we see that there are many, many elements to
this deeply rejuvenating technique. Perhaps there
are other aspects of anatomy and physiology
which Shankaprakshalana addresses, of which
we are not currently aware, but the evidence of
the many students who have undergone this
practice over many years, gives support to so
many claims of its incredible health giving
The benefits of both short and long
Shankaprakshalana are many.
Shankaprakshalana purifies the whole body.
There is no medicine or method (apart from a
prolonged fast) that can clean the small and large

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intestines so thoroughly as this practice.
Whereas the full form can help eliminate many
ailments in a short time, Laghoo takes longer to
achieve the same results.
Many diseases are directly or indirectly caused
by accumulation of toxic waste matter in the
intestines. This practice removes partial and
blocked matter in the gastro-intestinal tract and
re-establishes natural and regular bowel
function. It expels impurities from the digestive
tract and helps to purify the bloodstream. This
can result in a wonderful and noticeable
improvement in general health as well as helping
to remove specific ailments.
In particular, Shankaprakshalana has been found
useful for the treatment of diabetes, hyperacidity,
constipation, dysentery, stomach gases, chronic
flatulence, pre menstrual cramps, irregular
menstruation, asthma, excess digestive and
respiratory mucus, poor complexion, boils,
pimples and bad breath. Gall stones and kidney
stones can be prevented and removed.

Healthy people can also do the practice, for they
can improve their health, making them feel
lighter, more energetic and positive about life.
Furthermore, it will help to make their minds
sharper. This is also a very important practice for
those people who intend to perform intensive
yogic techniques for higher awareness. By
purifying the body, Shankaprakshalana helps
greatly to make the mind and body more
receptive to higher vibrations.
Although Shankaprakshalana can help treat
many common ailments and diseases, there are
certain situations where guidance must be sought
and special conditions followed. Those with
ulcers, high blood pressure, heart diseases,
bowel diseases or respiratory diseases should not
attempt the practice without consulting a
qualified teacher or yoga therapist.

First thing in the morning, (on a day when you
do not have to be going out for several hours),
before eating or drinking anything, prepare 3
litres of warm (body temperature) clean and
fresh water, and mix in 6 teaspoons of salt (sea
salt is best if available). The water does not have
to be boiled, but if you suspect it may be impure,
then it should be boiled then cooled. Drink two
cups of the water and then practise each of the
following 5 special asanas, 8 times each. Then
drink two more cups of the water and again
repeat the asanas. Repeat this once more,
drinking water and doing the postures.
Around this time you may feel like going to the
toilet. You may get an urger earlier than the end
of the third round, in which case, do not ignore
it, but go and sit on the toilet until relieved. You
should then return and complete the third round
before finishing off.
Sometimes, on the first few attempts, the flow of
the water may not cause the urge by the end of
the third round. On such occasions, it is better to
continue on, drinking a few more cups and doing
the exercises until enough pressure has built up
for you to “burst forth”. If 7 or 8 cups doesn’t
get things moving, repeat all the exercises again,
one more time, or take a good brisk walk. In any
event, do should not have to go past 10 cups of
water and 5 or 6 rounds of exercises.

All of the water will not be evacuated initially,
but in the course of the next few hours, it should
all pass through the rectum, leaving the
intestines and bowels clear of all matter. For this
reason, stay nearby to a toilet for the morning.
Wait at least half an hour after completing the
drinking and exercising before eating anything.
There are no dietary restrictions for this short
intestinal wash.
Time and Frequency
Under prescribed therapeutic purposes it may be
done daily. For general wellbeing, once or twice
a week is sufficient. Once learned, Laghoo may
be done at home, unassisted, on a regular basis.
Once familiar with the practice, the whole
process should only take about 20 minutes to
drink, exercise and to get the water to start
moving out.
A Note About the Postures
The 5 asanas included overleaf are to be done in
a particular kind of way which works best for the
aims of the technique. The purpose of them is to
loosen up the abdomen and bowels in the
shortest possible time; to alternatively compress
and stretch; to massage the water through the
GIT and down to the anus. They should all be

done quite dynamically, not in the usual slow
and concentrative way of formal yogasanas, but
still strongly, working deeply into the muscles
and joints. Even if you are stiff, do not mope
through them or make slow, gentle movements.
Warming the body is the best way to warm the
bowels and loosen them up.
For Laghoo, start off with a good pace and keep
it that way to the end of the 3rd or 4th round of
Whether the short or long version, always be
sure to breathe properly when performing the
Shankaprakshalana exercises. You must not over

heat the body, by holding the breath in tension.
Use the inhalation of breath to draw in vital
energy and use the exhalation to let go of tension
along with using the consciousness and the mind
to move the water downwards and out.
The question is sometimes asked if the 5 special
asanas relate directly to the 5 alimentary valves.
The answer is that each of them singly, and all of
them together, help to stretch, massage and relax
all parts of the alimentary canal such that the
valves all open to allow a flow-through of the
water and waste matter. Some postures tend to
cause more of a build-up of water pressure in the
middle intestines whilst others tend to create a
strong urge to evacuate the lower bowel.

The 5 Specific Yoga Asanas for Shankaprakshalana
1 – Tadasana (The Heavenly Stretch Pose)

(a) (b) (c)
This is a slightly different variation of Tadasana
to that usually taught. It is not done slowly with
concentration on balance but much faster to
assist water movement through the abdominal
Stand with the feet together. Interlock the fingers
and turn the palms downwards (a). Inhale as you
raise the arms up over your head. Slowly rise up
on your toes, stretching and lengthening the

abdominal area (b). Hold the breath in whilst up
in the tip toe stretch for just a few seconds, then
exhale as you slowly come down again, resting
the hands on the top of your head between
rounds (c). Repeat (b) and (c) 7 more times on
consecutive breaths with no rest between. All 8
rounds should take no more than about 40 – 60

2 – Tiryaka Tadasana (Side Bending Stretch Pose)

(b) (a) (c)
Stand with your feet a bit more than shoulder
width apart. Interlock your fingers, turning the
palms downwards. Inhale as you raise your arms
up over your head (a). Exhale as you bend to the
right side (b), then inhale as you straighten back
up to the centre (a), then exhale as you bend over

to the left side (c), then inhale as you straighten
back up to the centre position (a). Repeat
bending to right and left 7 more times without
any break in the breathing. All 8 rounds should
take no more than 60 seconds.

3 – Kati Chakrasana (Waist Rotating Pose)Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Inhale as
you raise your arms level to shoulders (a).
Keeping the feet flat on the floor, exhale as you
twist the upper body to the right side, wrapping
the right arm behind the waist and the left hand
onto the right shoulder. Turn the head fully to
the right to look behind (b). Inhale back to the

centre position as in (a). Exhale as you twist to
the opposite side (c). Return to the centre
position (a). Do 7 more twists to each side,
flinging the arm loosely and fast from side to
side. All 8 rounds should take no more than 30

4 – Tiryaka Bhujangasana (Twisting Cobra)
Lie on the floor on your stomach, forehead on
the mat, hands placed under the shoulders, feet
shoulder width apart. Have the toes curled under
and the heels raised up (a). As you inhale, push
up into the cobra pose (b). As you exhale, twist
the upper body around to the right, turning the
head to look over the shoulder at the left foot (c).

Inhale as you come back to the centre position as
in (b). Exhale as you twist the body around the
left, looking over the left shoulder at the right
foot (d). Repeat the right and left twists 7 more
times without a break, on the last exhalation,
coming down to the starting position (a). All 8
rounds should take no more than 60 seconds.

5 – Udarakarshanasana (The Abdominal Massage Pose)

Squat on both feet, place the hands on knees.
Inhale at the centre position (a). Exhale as you
twist the upper body and head around to the
right, dropping the left knee onto the floor (b).
Whilst twisting and holding for a few moments,
push the right knee over the left thigh so as to
exert a pressure into the lower abdomen

Inhale when coming back into the centre
position same as in (a).. Exhale as you twist to
the left side, pushing the left knee and massaging

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