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Diwali 2016: Yoga asanas for glowing skin


We live in a world where toxins surround us everywhere – from what we gorge on to what we drink, from everything we touch to everything we see, toxins are everywhere. In fact, things that we often think are ‘clean’, like milk or beauty lotions, are nothing but a cocktail of toxins and carcinogens.




Sanatan Kriya, the Ageless Dimension is a book that lists various sources of toxins that surround us in our everyday living. The book suggests ways we can avoid and rid ourselves of these as toxins choke our body and leave the cells struggling for the vital prana. Struggling cells are required to use up more energy causing them to die sooner. And faster the cells die, faster we age.





Yogi Ashwini has provided us with a simple practice from Sanatan Kriya that helps us cleanse our system and maintain our youthful radiance. The practice requires the use of saline water for the purpose of detoxification. Saline water is known to help elongate the life of a cell as it provides a toxin-free environment. This was proved by a 1912 experiment conducted by Alexis Carrel during which chicken cells were maintained in a saline solution for over 20 years (way more than a chicken’s average lifespan). The Vedic technique of Laghu Shankh Prakshalan also used this property of the saline water, or one may call it as the life giving water. Modern hydro-colon therapy is nothing but a poor copy of Laghu Shankh Prakshalan. Here’s how you can follow this practice:



LAGHU SHANKH PRAKSHALAN


Take 8 glasses of lukewarm water and stir in 2 teaspoons of rock salt. Drink 2 glasses of water in a gulp. Now do the following set of asanas repeating each seven times dynamically.



TAADASANA: Standing straight, inhale and stretch your arms above the head while lifting the heels from the floor. While exhaling, return.



TEERYAK TAADASANA: Stand straight with arms stretched above the head. While inhaling, bend from the waist sideways, first right then left. While exhaling, return.


KATI CHAKRASANA: Standing straight place right hand on the left shoulder and left hand at the back. Inhaling twist your waist to the left and then to the right while simultaneously changing hands. While exhaling, return.


TEERYAK BHUJANG ASANA: Lie flat on the stomach. Inhaling, raise the upper torso with palms on the floor. Twist from waist first right and then left. While exhaling, return.

UDARAKARSHAN ASANA: Sit on your haunches. Inhaling, push the right knee onto the floor, close to the left toe, while twist the body to your left. In the same breath, turn to the other side switching knees. While exhaling, return.

Drinking 2 glasses of prepared water each time, repeat the entire set two more times. Finally have the last 2 glasses of water, relax for half an hour in shavasan.

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