What is Basti and how does it help with Purification of our body?
Basti is the washing of the intestines with water.
To practise ‘basti’ successfully, it is essential to get mastery over ‘nauli’ first.
Stand in a river or pond keeping water level upto the navel (or sit in the’ Utkatasana’ position).
Then practise madhyam nauli and the water will immediately rise into the large intestine. When you are unable to hold back breathing (when nauli is to be released), close the anus with the finger so that the water may not come out. Again, practise nauli and take the finger away from the anus. The water will rise again into the intestine. If this ‘kriya’ is practised five to seven times, a good quantity of water will rise into the intestine. If possible, practise’nauli chalan’ and hold back the water for some time.
Then come out of the water and go to stools at some proper place.
(1) It is necessary to practise this ‘kriya’ under the guidance of an expert.
(2) Basti should be practised on an empty stomach early in the morning.
(3) Those who are unable to practise nauli can get the benefits of ‘basti’ through enema.
Repetition : Once or twice a week.
(1) Basti washes away the stool accumulated
in the intestine. Thus, ‘basti’ is a sure remedy for constipation.
(2) Basti activates the intestines.