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Gaja karani

Eruption of stomach contents by moving apany in the throat is called Gaja karani is the name of the these are those who have attained knowledge in Hatha yoga. Thus, by learning this technique, you gain control over Nadi and chakras.Hatha yoga Pradipika, Sloka 38

Gajah karani is a technique of cleansing and washing the upper gastrointestinal tract from the stomach to the mouth. The technique has different names: kunjala or Vamana dhauti, which means 'cleansing by vomiting'. Another name is kunjara Kriya or Gajah karma, which translates as 'elephant action', as the practice resembles how an elephant takes water and throws it through the trunk. In these cases, cleansing occurs on an empty stomach. If the practice is performed after a meal (usually 2-3 hours), it is called vyaghra Kriya or Baghi Kriya, which translates as’tiger action'. Tigers often overeat their prey, so after 3-4 hours regurgitate the remains of food from the stomach. This action allows not only to remove the effects of overeating, but also reduces the load on the intestine and the entire digestive tract.

The use of Gaja karani

  1. Normalization of cardiac function and digestive processes due to excitation of the vagus nerve and stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system.
  2. Use for gastrointestinal tract and digestion:
    • eliminates excess bile;
    • prevention of gastritis, heartburn by eliminating excess acidity of the stomach;
    • eliminates colitis, bloating, constipation, indigestion and indigestion;
    • washes away the remains of undigested food;
    • if the stomach pererastayut, helps to reduce its volume to normal size;
    • improves appetite and digestion;
    • reduces the amount of food needed to satiate;
    • helps reduce weight in obesity;
    • helps to normalize digestion in case of insufficient secretion of gastric juice;
    • helps to cure bile duct dysfunction (used in yoga therapy along with other procedures).
  3. Use for broncho-pulmonary system and throat:
    • cures diseases of the throat;
    • removes excess mucus from the body, cures diseases associated with excessive mucus formation. Very useful for colds at the stage of completion;
    • effective in the treatment of allergies and swelling of the nasopharynx mucosa;
    • it helps to cure asthma, sore throat, cough (used in yoga therapy along with other procedures).
  4. Benefits for the skin:
    • cleanses the skin of pimples, boils and other skin diseases;
    • effective in the treatment of allergic manifestations on the skin.
  5. Benefits for energy:
    • gives vivacity and energy;
    • cleanses the energy channels in the upper body, cleanses and activates manipura, anahata and Vishuddha chakras;
    • helps in removing emotional attachments associated with the sensual sphere;
    • it helps in removing bindings to the negative/positive, eliminates the desire of the mind to evaluate, teaches equanimity to everything;
    • relieves of "heaviness" in the heart and extraneous, unwanted, coarse energies;
    • it helps to raise energy from the lower energy centers to the upper ones.

The technique of Gaja karani

Depending on the desired result, it is recommended to practice at different times. This procedure is best performed in the morning on an empty stomach (kunjala or Gajah karma), but if it is necessary to wash the stomach after eating, the procedure is carried out 2-3 hours after eating, but not later than 4 hours (vyaghra Kriya).

Prepare 2 liters of water solution with salt (1 tsp salt per 1 liter of water) and 2 liters of fresh clean water.

  1. Before performing Gajah karani, empty the bowels and bladder.
  2. Sitting in Cerasana, the crow Pose, that is, squat with a straight back, drink 2 liters of warm salt water. It is important to fill the stomach with water as much as possible.
  3. Perform a soft version of agnisar dhauti Kriya.
  4. Lean over the tub / sink, keeping your back and legs straight (torso parallel to the floor and head just below the stomach). Be sure to follow the slope of the trunk, as when removing water from the vertical position of the body, you can injure the pylorus of the stomach.
  5. Trigger gag reflex, placing fingers on the root of the language, and slightly press down they. Fingernails should be cut short to avoid injury to the throat and larynx.
  6. Remove all water from the stomach. If necessary, induce a gag reflex until the water stops coming out.
  7. Then, sitting in Magasine, drink 2 litres of warm fresh water and bring all the water from the stomach. In Ayurvedic procedure, it is believed that the amount of water coming out of the stomach should exceed the amount of water drunk. This suggests that with the water came out internal toxins and excess mucus.
  8. After performing Gajah karani can eat no earlier than half an hour.

Perform Gajah karani is recommended with regularity 1-2 times a month or courses, for a faster effect and to eliminate certain problems.

Contraindications to the implementation of Gaja karani:

  • gastrointestinal diseases in the acute stage;
  • ulcer;
  • cirrhosis;
  • tumors of the digestive tract;
  • abdominal hernia;
  • cholelithiasis;
  • pregnancy and menstruation;
  • recent surgery;
  • increased blood pressure at the time of practice;
  • esophageal varicose veins;
  • glaucoma;
  • heart disease;
  • depletion.

ATTENTION! Special instructions in case of water staining.

Typically, when performing Gaja karani opens a colorless foam water with mucus. But sometimes the water turns yellowish. This is due to the fact that if the stomach is already stretched, even if you perform the procedure on an empty stomach, there are still remnants of fermented food and bile in the stomach. Also, a small amount of bile in the stomach can get from the small intestine. In this case, the color of the water can be yellow, green or brown.

Water can have a reddish tint if blood gets into it. This may be due to ruptures of small capillaries in the throat area due to strain during the procedure. In these cases, water staining is not dangerous.

If a large amount of blood appears in the water, clots, and the eruption of water is accompanied by severe pain in the abdomen/esophagus, it is necessary to immediately stop performing Gajah karani and consult a doctor. This may indicate the presence of ulcers or acute inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

Such complications are extremely rare, as a rule, the procedure is fast, painless and gives excellent results.

Successful and productive practice!

Posted in Shatkarmas on Sep 10, 2019