Sign up and get a FREE meditation audio
* indicates required

Categories

My experience with Shankhaprakshalan (Deep Colon cleanse)

It was almost a year ago when I decided that I should attempt the full ‘colon cleansing’ technique called "shankhaprakshalana" (SP). I heard about this technique almost fifteen years ago when I was trying to find a yogic way to help me with my constipation problem.

When I look back, I recall that I had been dealing with constipation right from my school days. In those days I used to drink one or two cups of tea first thing in the morning to help me with bowel movement. Sometimes even after two cups of tea I would have to wait about a half hour before the tea would have its effect.

 Laghu Shankhaprakshalana (short version of colon cleanse)

It was in the mid to late nineties that I learned about the "laghu shankhaprakshalana" (LSP) technique. The word "laghu" means short or abbreviated; so LSP is a much shorter version of the full SP technique. Around 1997 I tried LSP and it seemed to give excellent results. I gave up on my morning tea and started the LSP practice each morning. Within a few days I started feeling much lighter and more energetic since now my stomach felt very clean and I developed a much healthier appetite. Since then I have continued the practice of LSP every morning.

So, what is Laghu Shankhaprakshalana (short version of colon cleanse)? I found details about the technique in a book from the Bihar School of Yoga. incidentally, I am really fond of books from BSY; they have books on almost every aspect of yoga and they are all extremely well written. Essentially, LSP involves drinking four to five glasses of lukewarm, saline water, first thing in the morning. After drinking water, you are supposed to do a sequence of five postures, each eight times. Within a short time, this routine helps in bowel movement. As I mentioned, I have been practicing the LSP routine on a daily basis for nearly fifteen years. Even though the text strongly recommends using salt water, I have been using plain, unsalted water since I am on medication for high blood pressure and I feel using salt water can do some harm to my BP situation.

Shankhaprakshalan (Deep Colon cleanse)

Now coming to my experience of the full SP (full colon cleanse) routine. The word Shankhaprakshalana is a composite of two words – shankha meaning "conch" and prakshalana meaning to wash completely. The word shankha is used to represent the stomach which is roughly the shape of a conch. In practice, however, shankha represents the entire alimentary canal from mouth to anus. This practice is also known as "varisar dhouti", dhouti being one of the six cleansing routines mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Shankhaprakshalana is the process to cleanse the intestinal tract by removing the impurities with lukewarm, saline water.

As I mentioned above, I started thinking about it almost a year ago. However, given that the whole procedure takes 3 to 4 hours and then the whole day you can’t do any physical activity, I kept postponing it until I could find that ‘perfect’ day that I could devote just to this activity. So, it was Friday two weeks ago when I had no planned commitment that I finally decided to try it out. Please write to me if you would like to get the full details of the procedure. Here is a brief summary of the procedure:

  • Eat a very light, sattvic dinner the previous night.
  • Prepare a large amount of lukewarm water, adding about two teaspoons of salt per gallon of water.
  • Start the practice early morning, around 6 to 7 AM.
  • Drink two glasses of the prepared water quickly and perform the prescribed five asanas (stretching poses), repeating each asana eight times.
  • Go to the toilet and try to empty the bowels. If no movement happens, don’t worry, just come out and repeat the process of drinking two glasses of water followed by the five asanas, as mentioned above. Once again go sit on the toilet for bowel movement.
  • After a few rounds of this procedure, you will notice that only liquid begins to come out. Initially the liquid is brownish in color but gradually it begins to get clearer.
  • The procedure is supposed to be completed when perfectly clear water, similar to what you drank, comes out.
  • After completing the procedure, rest for about 50 minutes to an hour. Avoid sleep during this time.
  • After the rest period, eat a nice helping of ‘khichari’ a cooked preparation consisting of rice and lentils.
  • During the day, you are supposed to eat nothing but another helping of khichari toward the evening.
  • For the next full week, maintain a very light, sattvic diet. Avoid milk, yogurt or any other dairy product, any citric juices etc or anything too heavy to digest.

My Own Experience

In order to prepare for the colon cleanse, I had to take a very light dinner the previous night. On that Friday morning, I started the procedure at 5 AM. I started with drinking two glasses of lukewarm saline water and did the full set of the prescribed stretches. At that time I had the regular bowel movement.

I repeated this sequence 3 or 4 times and the results were quick and I was pleased with the cleansing that was happening. In each round the stool was getting softer and after about 10 glasses I started getting the liquid stuff out. However, after about 12 glasses, the bowel movement was not very quick and I had to wait several minutes for results.

After each repetition of the routine, I kept getting brownish colored liquid out. After about 18 glasses, I started feeling a little bloated and the output reduced significantly compared to the intake of water. I was a little disappointed at the end as I did not see "clear" water coming out as mentioned in the book. At the end of almost four hours, I had consumed about 22-24 glasses of water but it seemed as if the last 5 or 6 glasses were still in my stomach. Despite waiting for several minutes, no more water would come out. This is when I declared to myself that the procedure was over and it was time for the prescribed 45-50 minutes of rest.

I have to admit that by the end of it all, I was totally exhausted, physically and mentally. Even though in the beginning the exercises don’t seem too demanding, but when you have to do 8 rounds of each exercise and do the whole routine 22-24 times, it really takes a toll on your energy resources. All I wanted to do at that point in time was to just crash into my bed. Since falling asleep is prohibited as a part of the instructions, I had to make extra effort to stay awake for fifty minutes.

At the end of the rest period, I had the prescribed "khichadi" (a preparation of rice and lentils cooked in ghee or clarified butter). The rest of day I just completely rested, mostly in bed. For the first few hours I didn’t seem to have the energy or the desire to even read anything while in bed. It was later in the afternoon when I started reading a book and also listened to some music.

Because I had consumed much more water than what came out in the morning, the excess water came out through very frequent urination throughout the day. In the evening, for dinner I once again had a bowl of khichadi. As per the instructions, one is supposed to eat nothing but khichadi on the day of the procedure. For the next seven days, one is supposed to avoid all dairy products, fruit juices and anything  that can be considered acidic. Given that I am very fond of milk and yogurt it was quite a challenge for me to stay away from dairy for a whole week.

Now, coming to the best part of the experience. Yes, the overall feeling the next day was pretty amazing. It was a feeling of being light, clean and full of energy. Because I had spent so much time and energy into the cleansing routine, psychologically I did not feel like putting any more "garbage" into my system. In order to maintain that feeling of lightness I was very careful in eating only light and ‘sattvic" food for the next several days. Of course, now I am back to my usual routine diet which includes milk and yogurt.

In the book it is strongly recommended that one should practice shankhaprakshalana under the guidance of a teacher. If you would like to go through this experience, I will be glad to help you with it.

If you have any experience with shankhaprakshalana, I would love to hear about it. I would welcome your comments and feedback.

 

241 comments to My experience with Shankhaprakshalan (Deep Colon cleanse)

  • Swami Poornaseva Saraswati

    To Yoga with Subash,

    1. Satyananda Yoga Academy Ltd (SYA) is the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder of all literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works produced by Satyananda Yoga® organisations worldwide, and the staff of these organisations, all of which are subject to the protection of copyright. Copyright material includes all Satsangs, kirtans and classes given by Swami Niranjanananda, Swami Satyananda and Swami Satsangi irrespective of location. No copyright material may be published, reproduced or distributed in any way.

    2. These exclusive rights would be violated by your offers to send scanned copies of pages from BSY publications as indicated on your site at the following URL:

    http://yogawithsubhash.com/2012/02/16/shankhaprakshalana-colon-cleanse/

    3. These exclusive rights include the right to reproduce the Work, and to publish and communicate the Work to the public (including by way of sale, broadcast or putting the Work online). It is an infringement of copyright to do any of the acts comprised in the copyright in relation to the whole or a substantial part of the Work, or to authorise such an act, without the permission or licence of the copyright owner.

    4. Under penalty of perjury, SYA state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that SYA is authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question;

    5. SYA may be contacted by the following methods Satyananda Yoga Academy, (Agent for Yoga Publications Trust, Bihar, India), 300 Mangrove Creek Road, Mangrove Creek, NSW, 2250, Australia, +61 2 4377 1171, and poornaseva@satyananda.net

    I hereby request that you remove or disable access to this material as it appears on your service in as expedient a fashion as possible. Thank you.

    Regards,

    Swami Poornaseva Saraswati
    Satyananda Yoga Academy

  • Prakash

    Glad to read about your experience with Shankhaprakshalan. I’ve tried it several times and experienced the feeling of lightness that you described on the day after.

    You were more persistent than I’ve ever been though. I always stop after 10-14 glasses. By that point, the excretion is completely liquid but not always as clear as water. It usually has a slight yellow shade.

    One difficulty people may experience the first time is an urge to vommit if you drink too much and too fast. It’s important to pace yourself. In my experience, 2 hours has been adequate for the full routine. If you have a history of constipation, more time may be required.

    • Subhash

      Thanks, Prakash, for sharing your own experience with Shankhaprakshalana. I persisted with the procedure for as long as I did only because I was going with the instructions from the book. It was only when I felt fully bloated up and nothing was coming out did I decided to call it quits. But I still believe that the overall experience was great. The feeling for the following few days was amazing. I plan to try again some time in late summer or early fall this year.

  • Kay

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now. I have a history of constipation and also have acne even though I eat very well, do yoga frequently, and almost never drink any sodas, alcohol, etc.

    I am sure that I would feel much better after doing this cleanse. Like you said, I’m waiting to find the right time to do it – a time when I have all day to spend recovering.

    ANyways, I’ve read other instructions online that are very detailed, saying you can’t bathe the same day that you do the cleanse because the change intemperature is too drastic for your body, etc. I’ve also seen very specific lists of foods that cannot be eaten the entire week after performing this cleanse.. Can you tell me which foods you ate the week following the cleanse?

    Finally, how long should you wait before going back to a yoga class?

  • Subhash

    Hi Kay, I am so glad to see that you are planning to try Shankhaprakshalana to help you with your constipation.
    As mentioned in the post, I avoided all dairy products for one week. Other than that I continued with my regular diet which is mostly the typical Indian diet consisting of roti, veggie curry, dal (lentils), fruits and salads (raw veggies like cuke, tomato, raddish, carrot etc.). As for yoga practice, I went back to practicing and teaching yoga the very next day. Even though on the day of the kriya, I felt quite listless and lacking energy, the next morning I woke up feeling really good and had my full energy back. So I was able to get back to my regular yoga routine quite easily.
    I would love to hear about your experience.
    – Subhash

  • Ramkrishna

    Dear All,
    Its really a great technique to cleanse the colon. I did it under the super vision of a senior most yoga master who was at the age of 95 when he trained me.
    what I experienced was full clean water comes out in the final. I felt no exhaustion because it was done systematically and slowly.
    We have to do until the water itself comes out without any substance in that. Some times water may be yellowish but it should not contain any substance.
    What I observed is dissatisfaction comes because of two things,
    1. Drinking water quickly and more at a stretch
    2. Performing the asanas fast or incorrect manner

    My master advised me
    1. we should not go to latrine until it becomes emergency
    2. We should continue until clear water comes out
    3. Drinking water or bathing may lead to high fever, so we should avoid water, if we are thirst we should do sheetkari pranayama.
    4. After only water comes out in the final we should do vamana dhouti with normal water without salt.
    5. We are advised to take rest on the floor on the mat if possible.
    6. We are advised to practice this 4 times in a year for every season change
    Regards
    Ramakrishna

    • admin

      Dear Ramakrishna,
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the Shankha Prakshalana technique. Your guidelines are valuable indeed. It is impressive and inspiring to see that you were taught by a teacher who was 95 years old!
      Let us know what other yoga techniques you practice. Thanks.

      • Tripti

        Hi , i took my shankhprakshalan yesterday . I ate spicy food today with paneer in it.now i am having severe unbearable pain in my stomach. I hv had 3 glasses of water and a combiflam but it is not helping? What can i do…..shud i see a doctor ?

        • Hi Tripti, Without knowing more of your history with digestion etc, I don’t think I can suggest anything at this point. I think it might be better to see a doctor. In future, you may want to follow the strict diet guidelines for a whole week after the SP treatment. I wish you all the best.

    • Chidambar

      Hello Subhash / Ramkrishna,
      Greetings!
      I’ve been reading a lot about – Shankha Prakshalana and relly wished to do. But the following things rather fear prevented me not to try,
      1. It should be done under the guidance of an experienced yoga therapist/guru.
      2. I’d approached one guru, who followed Bihar Yoga School teaching to propogate yoga and teach others. There’re some pre-requisites and he told me that you shouldn’t do it alone but under expert advise, and someone should be monitoring your blood pressure since if the BP goes down drastically it may prove fatal.

      I stay in Pune, India and is looking for a yoga therapist/guru, who can help me in Shankhaprakshlana. Please advise.

      With warm regards,
      Chidambar

      • Subhash

        Dear Chidambar, it is so nice to see that you would like to practice Shankha-prakshalana technique for internal cleansing. As you have rightly mentioned, the full technique should indeed be practiced under the guidance of a yoga teacher. Since I live in the United States, I really have no information about teachers in the Pune area. As for the lowering of BP, I have not read anything about it in the texts from the BSY. HOwever since this statement came from someone associated with BSY, it cannot be ignored. I wish you luck in finding a suitable teacher for you.
        As you may be aware, the Laghu Shankha-prakshalana technique can be practiced safely, even on a daily basis. My suggestion would be to start practicing the LSP technique on a regular basis and start deriving its benefits. As and when you find a suitable teacher to guide you through the full SP technique, you can try that out. I wish you all the best.

  • Josiah Pfnister

    Colon cleanse is really necessary if you want to keep your colon free from polyps.,

    Latest piece of content on our homepage
    http://www.healthmedicinelab.com/pain-in-left-side/

    • admin

      It is much more than just keeping the system free of polyps. It is a complete detoxifying practice. You can do the mini version everyday and the full version once a year.

  • […] to appreciate my hard working GI Tract (if you are interested, I use the Bihar school ‘Laghu Shank Prakshalana‘ which is a short salt-water […]

  • Gowmukhi

    Hi, In the country I live in there is no moong daal. Can you please suggest an alternative? The only Indian daals I get are tuwar and Chana and masoor

    • Subhash

      Hello Gowmukhi, I don’t think it is very important that you only add moong daal to the khichri preparation. You can actually mix both Toor and Masoor daals in rice to make the khichri. Have you tried the Shankhaprakshalana yet?

      • Gowmukhi

        Yes. Many times since many years. But this year am in a country where moong daal is not available. Moong daal has a sticky consistency so I guess it’s for this reason used in order to give a lining to the stomach…just guessing.

        • admin

          Dear Gowmukhi, you may be right about the consistency of moong daal. Since you have practiced Shankhaprakshanlana many times, it would be great if you could share your experience with the practice. Where are you located now?

  • Anton

    Did you do Vamana Dhauti after the deep cleansing? It’s recommended as a good ending for the Shank Prakshalana.

    My experience was semi-successful I would say. I drank about 5 glasses doing the asanas properly: slowly, relaxed, breathing normally. Everything seemed to work but then I realized the water is still not going out. I used the lavement to help. It started going.
    Then I realized that the first batch of water was not salty enough and my body did not want to get it out, but tried to digest as a salty vegetable soup or something. I added a little bit more of salt in the next batch and the process started exactly as it should be: 1 glass – 1 exercise routine – 1 toilet visit.
    After about 5-6 glasses I was tired and the water stopped going out effectively, I needed 2 exercise routines now to get one glass out. I was out of energy after nearly 4 hour of the procedure and decided it’s time to stop. The water coming out was orange/yellowish but at first it had some non-liquid stuff in it, and by the end it came out totally liquid YET not as clean as the water I drank first obviously. I was satisfied with my first experience at that point. I finished the procedure with Vamana Dhauti (drink 3 glasses of salt warm water and puke) as recommended (to remove the leftover water and clean the remainings). The only discomfort that I experienced was that I bent too much during Vamana Dhauti and my eyes have swollen a little bit after it. It was not anything too bad though, became ok after 2 hours. It is also very important to maintain a strict diet after Shankprakshalanah, as you need to restore the good bacteria. It is a very important part of the whole procedure. At least 2-3 days of very simple diet (rice, porridge without any salt or sugar), no dairy, no acidic fruits and no fresh vegetables, definitely no drugs: alcohol, coffee, cigarettes etc. A week or two of simple vegetarian diet should follow, with limited intake of dairy/acidic fruits, preferably no meat or fish and again no drugs.
    I’m going to try the shankprakshalana again in about 4-5 months if I feel that it’s worked. I still need to see what I will feel in 1 month, mostly I am focusing on how my skin will look, if it will clear from acne that was caused by problems with my digestive tract and intestine.

    • admin

      Dear Anton, thanks for sharing your experience. No, I did not do Vaman Dhauti at the end of the practice as I was too exhausted to try anything else. However, as I have mentioned in my blog post, I did feel wonderful the next morning. The whole experience seemed totally worth all the effort and energy. I would definitely like to know how you feel after your next experience.
      – subhash

  • Chetan

    Hello sir. Please tell how to perform the mini version of this technique everyday.
    i have been suffering from constipation for the last 10 years. i want to get rid of it all costs. Please help me. what all asanas to be performed in mini version

    where can i find bihar school of yoga booka. they are not available online. Please tell.

    I am presently living in ambala cantt , haryana. Please suggest any teacher or institute near by , who an teach me this technique.

    Thanks
    Chetan

    • admin

      Dear Chetan,
      I am sending you the link to download the instructions for the mini version in a separate email. Hope you will find it helpful. Unfortunately I am not familiar with yoga teachers in your area as I live in the USA. Please visit this page http://yogavision.net/publications/ypt-orders/ where you will find information on how to order Bihar School books within India. I hope it will work out for you. Regards,
      Subhash

  • Vikas

    Good day.

    Could you please advise whether it is safe for a person with type 2 Diabetes to do Shankha Prakshalan both deep and short version?

    Regards.

    • Dear Vikas, as far as I know, it is safe to practice either of the two versions, SP or LSP, when one has diabetes. I haven’t seen any such statement that links SP with type 2 diabetes. Not being a medical person, I don’t know if there are any hidden dangers in the practice. In case of doubt it is best to double check with your personal physician. I would love to hear your experience with SP and LSP.

  • Danielle

    Hi good to hear everyone else’s experiences. I did this practice in full for the 3rd time yesterday. It took a lot of water about 22 – 24 and then I did vamana dahouti and netti after I did a yoga nidra and then had my meal. My face is swollen (this always happens)and I have the most horrendous headache you can imagine, and I feel far from light, also I’m very irritable, however I think this is due to sugar and caffine withdrawals as well as having small children running around, and the smell of roast Sunday dinner being cooked downstairs haha but it will pass in a couple of days. I can’t wait for the burst of energy and well being I normally get.

    • Hi Danielle,
      Thanks for sharing your experience. I must say that your experience of swollen face and a headache are rather unusual. I certainly hope that you feel well soon and get that “burst of energy” that is normally associated with this practice. As I mentioned in my blog article, I felt totally exhausted on the day of the practice. However, the feeling on the following day and for several days afterwards was one of total exhilaration.

  • Indigochild

    Dear Subhash,
    Namaste and Many thanks for all you’ve shared :) May I request the link for LSP that you’ve mentioned above? I am very keen on starting the cleanse and am so glad you endorse doing the shorter version daily. I was going to begin with unsalted water for a week… when we do the cleanse, when can plain water be drunk?

    With warm regards,
    N

    • Dear Nidhu, it is great to see that you would like to start practicing the shorter version of SP cleansing routine. I wish you all the best. I was just wondering why you would like to start with unsalted water. Unless you have problem with high BP, it is recommended that a small quantity of salt be added as it helps in the cleansing process. I am sending the link for the LSP document in an email to you. Please do write back with your experience.
      Regards.

  • GB

    I have known about this for 40 years. I tried it many years ago for about 4-6 rounds. I was drinking the water but none was coming out my bowels. I felt very bloated and somewhat nauseaus. I gave up after an hour or so. What do you do in a case like this? Did I do something wrong?

    Blessings

    • Since I have done this practice only once myself, it is hard for me to draw any conclusion from your experience. For me, the first couple of hours were quite successful. It is only in the last (the fourth) hour that I started feeling bloated. I stopped the practice after about four hours. The bloated feeling went away after I urinated frequently during the day to get rid of the excess water.
      You may want to try it once again just to see if you can successfully cleanse the system. Did you add salt to the water? That is supposed to help. Also doing the prescribed exercises is an important step to get the proper bowel movement. I wish you luck!

  • GB

    One more question. Did you find that it cleaned out your whole digestive tract so you could do most any yoga posture?

    Thanks

    • It was the morning after the practice that I really felt that my entire system has been cleansed out. At that time I was able to go back to my usual yoga routine without any restriction.

  • Paddu

    Thanks for your detailed explanation. I did the Laghu Shankaprakshalan (LSP) based on the instructions given by Yogi Ashwini in youtube. There were no other instructions for diet. Please let me know if there are any diet restrictions when we do LSP.

    Also, can you please email me the procedure for LSP?

    Thank you

    • Dear Paddu, I am not aware of any serious diet restrictions for the LSP practice. What is mentioned in the instructions is that you should take an early, light dinner the previous evening. That will help you better with the cleansing process. I am sending you the link to the instructions via email. Please share your ongoing experience here so others can benefit from the practice. Thanks.

  • Cathrine

    Hello,

    I have just tried sp for the first time, after preparing mentally for a couple of months. While I an quite happy with the procedure – it was easier than I had thougt – I have a couple of notes.
    First, even after 20 glasses of water evacuations never became clear but persistedly stayed an acidic light yellow, and second, towards the end evacuations (and the cleaning of the area) started to hurt as my skin was getting increasingly sore.
    I did use more time on the procedure than most as evacuating several times during each set of exercices became necessary, also I did not manage to drink rapidly. I suspect the cause of skin rash might be due to an excess of gall in evacuations (also explaining colouring)? What can I do differently next time?

    • Dear Catherine, let me congratulate you on completing your first SP kriya. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. As I mentioned in my article, even I had the same experience of not getting pure, clear water at the end. Another reason for the rash could be the constant wiping of the area. Maybe you can try a super-soft toilet paper next time. When do you plan to do it next? I still haven’t made up my mind when I want to do it next. Please keep us posted with your future experience. Thanks.

      • Judy goldfinch

        Hello, I am making enquiries for my sister who has a lot of digestive issues. She has had a section of bowel removed, which included the ileosecal valve, and this has left her with both constipation and diarrhoea at different times. She has been having colonic irrigation but this makes her quite ill afterwards and I am concerned that this is not the right thing to do with no valve to stop access to small intestine.
        I think she is not strong enough for the deep cleanse but I’m thinking the short version might be a good starting point and she could progress to the deep cleanse later. Could you please send the links, and also which book would be best to obtain.
        Thankyou so much for the great information on your site.
        Kind Regards,
        Judy

  • Vish

    I do not have constipation; will this kriya still help me?
    Thanks

    • Certainly, Vish, this kriya will help you cleanse the entire digestive track, colon and the intestines etc. It is a part of the six cleansing routines mentioned in the Hatha YOga Pradipika. You may practice the LSP kriya maybe twice a month and the full SP kriya once a year or so for the purpose of cleansing the system.

  • Jarred Kimsey

    The practice of natural colon cleansing dates back to ancient Greece. In the U.S., cleansing the colon — the large intestine — became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. But when the theories behind it lost support, it fell out of favor. Recently, though, colon cleansing — using, for example, teas, enzymes, or colon irrigation — has experienced resurgence.`

    Look at the most current posting at our personal web blog
    <.http://www.foodsupplementdigest.com/asparagus-benefits/

  • Chloe

    Dear Subhash,

    I have had constipation for years. I tried laghu this morning since for the moment I don’t have enough time to do the full SP. However, it didn’t start any bowel movement. Is it normal since it is the first time I’m doing it? Maybe I didn’t put enough salt in the water? Do you have any advice for me?
    Thank you very much for your help.

    • Dear Chloe, I was introduced to LSP several years ago because I suffered from severe constipation pretty much all my life. i now use it everyday and almost never have problem with bowel movement. I think you need to be patient and try it a few more times. Your body may take some time to adjust to it. No, I don’t think you need more salt – the water should be only mildly salty. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Wishing you all the best.

  • deepika

    I tried the shanka prakshlana two weeks ago. It was a really good and healthy experience, though it was somewhat tiring. It left me with a very light feeling overall and not just in my stomach. I am going to repeat it after a 40 days gap.

  • Bumblebee

    Dear Subhash,
    I really wanted to ask you if you could send or give me the instructions for the mini version.
    I have seem to have lazy bowels and constant constipation, my belly is totally full and sometimes very painful. Stools only come once every 4 to 14 days. I suspect it is the cause of my tiredness, which has a very big effect on my life. I stopped school and such. Last fall I had surgery for an infected appendix, and after that it got even worse. I am only 28 but completely feel like an old lady.. :)
    I would love to try this way in addition to what my doctor is doing/trying. I am not sure if he understands that it takes energy, and maybe does not see the fullness of the problem.

    If you can, please send me the instructions. I would be very grateful and I will follow them with care.

    Bumblebee

    • Dear Bumblebee, I am sorry to hear of your constipation problem. I am sending you the document for the mini version via email. I hope you will find some relief with this procedure. Let me know how it goes. All the best.

      • Madhav

        ear Mr.Subhash,

        My age is 38 & I stay in Pune.
        I am suffering from severe & chronic constipation from last 20 years.
        I have tried every pathy & every kind of diet, exercise etc but in vain!!
        Can you please send me the complete procedure for LSP?

        Regards
        Madhav

        • Dear Madhav,
          I am sorry to learn that you have a bad constipation problem. I certainly hope that the practice of LSP will help you. I am sending you the link to the full document in an email. I would love to hear about your experience with the practice. All the best,

  • Chidambar

    Hello Bumblebee / Subhash,

    Just wanted to inform that, I’ve read that the people w/ acute intestinal problems should do the Shankh Prakshalana exercises under the supervision of a yoga teacher after consulting the doctor. I don’t intend to discourage, but it’s better to be careful.

    Regards,
    Chidambar

    • Thanks, Chidambar, for this cautionary note. I fully agree with you that anyone with acute intestinal problem should consult with a doctor before attempting the full SP routine.

  • Amit

    Dear Mr. Subhash,

    Its unfortunate for me but to tell you, I lost my father-in-law on 22nd March. He was practicing the Shankhprakshalan procedure under the guidance of Dr. Narayanrao in a special camp organized to teach the technique at the Veer Savarkar Smarak, Dadar, Mumbai last week.
    My father in law was a diabetic and was on insulin for the last couple of years.
    He was told by the organizer that this therapy would get rid of the insulin for him. He also had a history of heart problem that was diagnosed just a couple of years ago.
    He died of a cardiac arrest just after practicing the therapy in the morning of 22nd March and collapsed just after reaching home tired and exhausted with breathlessness.

    I want to know from you if practicing the technique could have led to increased stress and pressure on his heart as it was the last day of the camp?
    Also, wouldnt his life have been saved had the yoga teacher/doctor noticed the symptoms and persuaded him to stop the exercises right away?
    Isn’t it a wrong practice to advice a treatment to someone and convince him that an ailment like diabetice would be cured permanently with it?

    Your valuable thoughts shall be highly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Amit

    • Dear Amit, please accept my heartfelt condolences on this very tragic and unfortunate happening. I don’t consider myself an expert on the shankhaprakshalan technique so it not possible for me to comment whether this particular practice could have played a part in your father-in-law’s demise. It could be a combination of multiple factors which worked together to cause his death. In my own experience, though, even though I have been teaching yoga for over 17 years, I can never make a claim that the practice of yoga could cure anyone completely of a chronic disease. Even though I myself practice yoga regularly every day, I am on medication for blood pressure for the last ten years or so. All I can say is that the practice of yoga can help stabilize the ailment. More importantly it teaches us how to deal with any eventuality in life. I hope this helps.
      Wishing you all the best.

  • Bel

    Dear Subhash,
    Today is the 2nd time I have done Shankhprakshalan. The first time was last December 4 months ago. Both times took 4-5 hours & went well except I was pretty sore in the last hour, soft toilet paper notwithstanding!

    I tried Shankhprakshalan because my digestion wasn’t very good & my toilet habits were irregular my entire life. Last year it almost seem I was suffering symptoms of IBS (my Dad has it). After the first Shankhprakshalan, I did feel much better, lighter, not bloated. Together with daily hatha yoga & eating yoghurt, I started to have regular bowel movements soon after. From January I took priobiotics every 2nd month.

    2 months after the first Shankhprakshalan my digestive powers seem to weaken although the constipation didn’t come back. I kept putting off doing Shankhprakshalan again because it takes up an entire afternoon of a weekend. Furthermore it is very challenging to avoid yoghurt, dairy products, meat & acidic food for one week. I confessed that I went back to my regular eating habits after 48 hours…

    Having just finished the 2nd Shankhprakshalan process less than an hour ago, I seem to be feeling better already although slightly tired. In fact I feel hungry!

    May I know when exactly can we resume drinking normal water during the end of Shankhprakshalan?
    Both times I became very thirsty in the last hour. I started drinking water when I had 4-5 bouts of passing clear (slightly yellow) water. Is this correct?

    • Hi Bel,
      First of all I would like to congratulate you for going through the SP process the second time in four months. Yes, I agree it can be very exhausting. I have only done it once so far; I too felt very tired during the last hour of the practice. As for drinking regular water, my understanding is that you should wait for at least 45 minutes before consuming any liquid or solid food. I am assuming you had been drinking saline water during the procedure but had the urge to drink regular water. In the text from Bihar School, they mention that one should eat only “khichadi” (a cooled mix of lentils and rice, with extra ghee in it) during the whole day. All the best.

      • Bel

        Hi Subhash
        Thank you for letting me know I have to wait around 45mins before resuming drinking regular water! Yes the urge to drink regular water became more & more pressing in the last hour. After the first time I had porridge with leafy vegetables because I am not experienced in cooking lentils. I am from Singapore, so admittedly it is not a very good excuse since it shouldn’t be difficult to source for Indian food stalls that sell lentils. Must plan better next time.. Thank you again for your advice and fast response, greatly appreciate it!

        • Daniela

          Bel, you should eat first within an hour after finish SP then drink water, because if you continue drinking, you will continue visit the toilet. So eat then drink :)

  • tripti

    Are u online.need help

  • Chidambar

    Hello Subhash,

    Hope this finds you doing well.

    1. As per your advice, I’ve started w/ LSP. Please confirm if all the following 5 asanas to be done 8 times (only 1 set), since I found different versions of “LSP” on the net.
    Tadasan
    Tiryak Tadasan
    Kati Chakrasan
    Tiryak Bhujangasan
    Udar Karasanasan

    2. If you feel the urge to go to toilet in the middle of these asanas, should you continue the remaining after coming back from the toilet?

    3. Even after 8 times(1 set), if nothing happens(no urge), should we have more water and continue again with 8 times or end there and repeat the same the next day?

    Please advise.

    Regards,
    Chidambar

    • Hello Chidambar,
      I am glad to see that you have started the practice of LSP. I hope this will help you with any issues with digestion that you might have. The sequence of the asanas that you have mentioned is right – that’s what is recommended in the book from the Bihar School of yoga, the practice that I personally follow. If you have to go to the toilet in the middle of the sequence then you should restart the sequence from the beginning the next time. If nothing happens after one set, you should try at least one more set. If still nothing happens, then, of course, you give up for the day and try it back the next day. I hope this is helpful. Please keep updating here with your practice and future experiences. Wishing you all the best.

  • Cathrin

    Hi!
    thank you for sharing your experiences.
    I am really curious to try this.. will share my experience here then too :)
    would you send me the information or link to download the mini and full detailed
    LSP, i am looking for all information and sources.

    i would appreciate a lot.
    hope you are doing well.

    • Hi Cathrin,
      I have sent the links to the two documents in an email to you. I am so glad that you would like to try this cleansing technique. Let me know how it goes. All the best.

  • Ray L'Heureux

    Greetings Subhash!

    I’m in the same boat as bumblebee. Only sadly I’ve grown to not know how to properly care for my body. Laziness wreaks havoc on me. So tired all the time, Difficulty breathing, constipation, severe internal pain, Mental unstability, depression, heavy heavy overeating, Something seems to be attempting to kill me through the corruption in my mind. Although realized, one must admit. The flesh is full of temptation. Can you please send me the full, and short disciplines, I don’t wish to die. Ego battles are very tough. the path to enlightenment is no easy road.

    Now is the time for health,

    Love, light, and life
    33,000,000,000 blessings!

    lheureux.raymond@gmail.com

    • Thanks, Ray, for your interest in the documents for colon cleansing. I have sent the links in an email to you. Please update me with your experience. Thanks and wishing you all the best.

  • juntz

    i would like to have the links to both the short and complete version. I have not so flexible lower body – bending and stretching, would want still want to try. How different is this when compared to colon irrigation?

    Best wishes
    Juntz

  • Joe

    If you sent me an e-mail I did not get it. I wasn’t registered with the website.
    Can you please e-mail me the detailed instructions for Shankhaprakshalan (Deep Colon cleanse)?
    http://yogawithsubhash.com/2012/02/16/shankhaprakshalana-colon-cleanse/

    Thank You!

  • Cathrin

    Here is my ecperience with the deep colon cleanse.
    Is written while ago, and now i have to say that my irratated bowel syndrom is gone and haven’t
    got pain in the stomach since then. Really recommend it. :) but do it right and with a good rest.. i went too fast back to my physical and busy life.

    GOOD LUCK.

    Dear Suhash,

    I have done it today and here is a little view how it has gone with me. If you wish, I can post it also to your page about the experiences.

    I started in the late morning to do the practise with plenty of water prepared. After 2 rounds I needed to empty the bowels, and it was all already kind of loose. I kept on going on, starting to feel a tiny bit dizzy and after some more glasses I had bleeding nose for few minutes. That’s not really unusual for me so I kept going. After 6 rounds (and 10 glasses) I continued in the bathroom cause all was going out so fast. Waterish kind of bruin liquids all coming out. I finished after 3 hours of practise with 22 drinken glasses of water (3 litres) when the excrement was clearer, anyway not ending up with completely water like but mainly yellowish liquids coming out. I felt tired and rested, my face felt heavy and as well eyes a bit. I felt a bit swallen and tired but was not too extreme to handle. I rested and ate rice+lentils with ghee but actually had no idea how much ghee I should use..(have you got an advice???)
    Well after more and more rest and I started to feel really cold. When more than 3 hours had past, I took a short nap and now I am feling better. Still a bit “spaced out” of the exhaustion and stomach feels really sensitive (meaning that I would really watch out what I eat now). Actually this evening i am not further in the experience, so I can not say more but I will email you again in couple of days to let you know how it is going. Interesting experience so far, the salty water and asanas really worked to increase the movement of the bowels (have to say that kati chakrasana and tiryaka bhujangasana felt the most effective ones for me). I think this will definately do something :)

    kind greetings and best wishes,

    Cathrin

    • Dear Cathrin,
      This is so nice of you to share your experience here so everyone can benefit. It is wonderful to see that the practice has helped with your Irritable Bowel syndrome and stomach pain. I am sure others will feel highly encouraged to try this wonderful technique for total inner cleansing.
      Subhash

  • sumit

    Hi Subhash,

    I have never attempted SP or even LSP, having know about the benefits of this practice since a few years. I guess i am a little afraid, that, i’ll end up doing it incorrectly and cause more harm than good. But i have now decided to give it a try. I have one question though. Do we need to use a specific kind of salt or our regular table salt(used to cook food) ok ? Any other advice will be highly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Sumit

    • Dear Sumit,
      I am so glad that you would like to try LSP. It is a very safe practice and the initial fear will disappear after you try it a couple of times. I have been using the regular table salt for my practice. It is best to do it first thing in the morning. Let me know how it goes. All the best.

      • sumit

        Hi Subhash,

        I think i have been suffering from IBS(although i am still not completely sure) since many years. My only symptom is a kind of heaviness in , especially left side, of my head (and also sometimes fatigue), which is actually very debilitating. As i had mentioned in my previous correspondence with you, i tried LSP and would like to share my experience. I performed LSP on two consecutive days following the routine exactly as per the guidelines. Immediately after the practise i felt very nice and clear in my stomach as well as my head(and i was really happy with the results). But then immediately after having breakfast, i again felt the same heaviness which is so irritating. Now i am confused whether i should continue with the practise. I have been facing this problem since many years, and intially i thought it was a sleep problem because the heaviness i mentioned hampers your cognitive abilities and you always feel sleepy and fatigued. I would like to get rid of this condition once and for all and any advice from you or anyone for that matter will be highly appreciated.

        Being able to think clearly (and thus confidently) is a prerequisite, i suppose, for living a healthy and happy life.

        Thanks
        Sumit

        • Dear Sumit,
          I suggest that you continue with the LSP practice. In addition, you may also want to include pranayama and meditation as a part of your daily routine. That should help you with heaviness in the head. All the best.

  • prakash

    hello sir namaste

    its a great knowleadge that you have shared here about “laghuu shankhaprakshalan”.i have been too suffering with promblem of IBS\constipation since years.
    i think colon cleaning would bring out much better result for me.few days ago i came across to this wonderful vedic remedy for colon cleaning and found out that this is best and safest way of natural colon cleaning.

    i would share my experience after performing “shankhprakshalan”.

    but i know one time cleaning won’t be sufficient enough. i have to perform several “mini version of ‘shankhprakshalan” for long lasting result. could you please provide me the instruction for mini version of ‘shankhprakshalan’.
    it would be great help to me.

    regards
    prakash”

    • Thanks, Prakash, for your kind words. I am sending the link for instructions for LSP via a separate email to you. Please update me with your progress. All the best.

  • Hello Subhash,

    Thank you for sharing your experience and maintaining this lively thread of comments.

    My question is, can I practice Laghu Shankhaprakshalana when I have some symptoms of sinus, ear, lung infection (like a cold) and feel weak for a few days now.

    Here is my experience of few years back practicing Pancha Karma (Ayurvedic) cleansing at a Rajasthan university: http://jpgmag.com/photos/2799056

    • Dear Etand,
      Thanks for sharing your experience with Panchakarma from a few years ago. I enjoyed reading about it.
      As far as I know, it should be safe practicing LSP with the conditions you have listed. In fact, it might even help with those conditions. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
      – Subhash

  • Hi Subash and readers.

    I want to share my experience of practicing the Laghu Shankhaprakshalana yesterday.

    As mentioned in the post above, I was suffering some symptoms for the past week and decided to do the short cleansing (Subash, I actually only checked your prompted reply a few minutes ago – seems like the ‘Notify me of follow-up comments by email’ feature didn’t work…)

    Anyway, I had the house for myself so less commotion as recommended in The Bihar University of Yoga book I followed.

    The sequence of 5 yoga asanas is familiar to me as those are part of my daily morning exercise, however I took the time to read all the directions and notes again and found many things forgotten in my daily practice. About 3 years back I had first practiced the cleansing and had photo copied the relevant pages so the asanas are laid down before me and no need to browse back and forth as I go through the process.

    Because I was weak I took it slow and eventually stopped after 1 and half sets (2 cups of senile water, 8 times 5 asanas, another two cups and another half set).

    I had good bowl movements and eventually ran almost clear water out (just little brownish)

    I rested 30 minutes then started cooking the Kichadi. I added cumin and turmeric but no garlic or chili pepper that I do on regular days). Also added carrot, cabbage, pees and green beans

    After eating about 3 bowls of Kichadi I had a long burp, that means the stomach is full.

    I took mellow boiled Chai with fresh ginger that I had cooked earlier in the morning adding honey and squeezing lemon.

    I took a warm shower with a minute of cold stream in the end.

    Then I went for a walk. It was around 7:30 pm and the sun was allready beyong the horizon. I usually stop for a sample coffee at the local Trader Joe market. I didn’t feel like having too much and thought it may be to pungent but after walking about one kilometer i felt I could handle it. So I had to mini cups (about 50ml. each) with one teaspoon of sugar and a dip of half-&-half cream. Then I rested and had two glasses of water in another cafe and then, about 9pm, walked another kilometer to the house.

    In the evening I had a hard boiled egg, fresh green vegetables with olive oil. The green onion tasted much spicier then in regular days.

    Today I feel my stools are little soft but also slide out much smoothly then before.

    My damp respiratory system is still so but I feel somewhat better.

    That is so far…

    Here’s how it looked: http://jpgmag.com/photos/3573480

  • Fascinating experience, Etand! Thank you so much for sharing it here.

  • charu

    My age is 40
    I am suffering from chronic constipation from last 10-12 years. I am also suffering from piles problem.
    I have tried every pathy & every kind of diet, exercise etc but in vain!!

    I have gone through many posts. I also want to get rid of constipation, and pile.
    Can you please send me the complete procedure and diet for LSP?And ur opinion to get releif from constipation and piles?
    Pl. guide me..thank u
    Thank u

    • Dear Charu,
      I am sorry that you suffer from constipation and piles. In a separate email I have sent you links to the LSP documents. Please try it out and let me know how it goes.
      All the best.

  • Priya

    Hello Subhash,

    Kindly
    send me the link for both the SP.
    Thank you.

  • Bharathi

    Hi Subhash
    My age 28 and I am over weight by 20 kg
    I practice yoga occasionally and I also perform surya namaskar.
    I always wanted to do shankha prakshalana but as I live in UK it is difficult find a guru and it is expensive when I find one.
    I believe if my colon is thoroughly cleansed it would be easy for me lose those extra kg.
    Can you please mail me how to do lsp and sp?

    Your post is very interesting and I find it good as unlike other posts it is consistent .

    Thanks and regards
    Bharathi

  • M

    Hello Subhash,

    If you could please send me the links to both SP and LSP I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you,

    M.

  • SN

    Hi Subhash

    I suffer from chronic constipation for past 6 yrs.

    I tried performing SP unsuccessfully today. I drank 3 liters of salted water in between the kriyas for over 3 hrs. However I was not able to pass any bowel movement even once and feel bloated. What could possibly have gone wrong?

    Pl advise if I can repeat SP as per your guidelines again next week.

    Also since SP was unsuccessful this week, is it safe to go back to normalize diet.

    Pl email me LSP document along with mini version.

  • Bharathi

    Hi Subhash
    I have taken long to respond to observe the results over a long period.
    I was able to practice laghu Shankhaprakshalana once a week for past 6 weeks and now I can say with full confidence that it works wonders.
    Helping with constipation might just be the superficial result but deep inside it works to eliminate any imbalances in the body.
    I used to suffer with severe menstrual cramps ever since I know and I was left with no option but to resort to pain killers and as is the case with pain killers the body slowly stops responding to the those drugs and will have to resort to more powerful drugs…..
    I was taking one of the most powerful combinations as the basic pain killers stopped working on me.
    Later I learnt that the drugs I was using were banned but I still have the stock of those drugs with me.
    Since I started Laghu Shankhaprakshalana my painful days seems to have become better.
    I was able to manage without those banned medicines.
    I had a very active painless time for the first time in my life.
    Thanks for giving me the procedure.
    It amazes me what a simple procedure can do that even medicines don’t.
    I wish I had tried it earlier ……….
    Thanks and regards
    Bharathi

  • Hello Bharathi,
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience with Laghu Shankhaprakshalana. It is so nice to see that you now have a significant reduction in pain associated with menstrual cramps. I am sure your feedback will inspire others to also try out this technique for a variety of reasons. As you very rightly mentioned, the benefits of the procedure go far beyond simply taking care of constipation.
    Please continue to share any further insights into the practice.
    Regards,
    Subhash

  • Babloo

    Dear Subhash,

    I have recently started practicing Yog. I am aware about SP but I am really interested in knowing & practicing LSP comfortably before attempting to perform the full SP. Request you to send me the procedure for LSP

    Regards.

  • sabrina

    ehi all, yestarday i been eating only brown rice with ghee and today i wook up at 5am, made the lukewater with salt ready… my experience stop at the 4th glass i was drinking when i had to stop cause i got the urge of vomit and i did vomit all the 3 glass i drank before , i did last round of exercise and drink normal water, than i am going to rest cause i feel really frustated that i didnt manage to do this cleaning , planned since a week already

  • Prashantananda

    I have just completed this practise for the 11th time and do it every year. However I do so under the guidance of a trained Master. The BYS states in its literature on the practise that it should always be done under the guidance of a Guru that does not mean via the WWW but physical presence . The reason being the practise has the potential to be dangerous if not completed correctly. This is a spiritual cleanse as much as a physical one and can be to much for some People causing them to
    Stop have way through which can have potentially fatal results as the kidneys can go into failure if the asanas are stopped before the water has started to release. Please practise this with a master who will guide in the correct manner. You also did not mention not using sugar in any form after the practise. This article is very irresponsible and could have potential devasting affects to someone’s health

    • Dear Prashantananda,
      I truly appreciate your taking the time to write your experience and your thoughts on the practice of Shankhaprakshalana. I cannot agree with you more when you say that it is highly advisable that the practice be done under the guidance of a qualified teacher. However, in the absence of a teacher, one can follow the guidelines provided in the BSY book and still derive the full benefits. Here is a quote from the BSY book, “Actually we are breaking tradition here by publishIng full details. But we do so with the explicit understanding that we prefer you to practice the technique of shankhaprakshalana under expert guidance. However, we have published details of this technique in order that those people who are unable to find a suitable teacher can practice by themselves. It is such a wonderful and beneficial method of cleansing the body that we would like it made available to as many people as possible and not limited to a few.”
      As you can see, BSY fully intends to make the technique publicly available, to be followed when no suitable teacher is available. At the same time your cautionary note about diet before and after the practice are well taken. I do not see any mention about sugar in the detailed text that I have. It would be helpful if you could provide me a reference to the use or otherwise of sugar after the practice.
      Thanks again for your kind feedback.

  • nidhi

    In how many days one can see the benefits of shankhaprakshalan? Day before yesterday I tried it and came successful. During day I eat khichadi but at night i eat sambhar chawal. I know i made a mistake. I want to try it again. Tell me when should i do it again?

    • Hi Nidhi, congratulations on your successful completion of the SP technique. You should start feeling good almost the very next day. The procedure does so much internal cleansing that you begin to feel light and energetic the very next day.
      It is important to follow the diet guidelines very strictly as given in the text from Bihar School. The guide also says that you need to do the full SP practice only once or maximum twice in a year. Of course, the Laghu SP version can be done every day or on an as needed basis.
      Wish you all the best,

  • nidhi

    Hi Subhashji, Thank you for your reply. how many glasses have to drink for daily laghu shankhaprakshalan? Can I do full SP after one week?

    • Dear Nidhi,
      The text from Bihar School of Yoga recommends that you drink 6 glasses of water. In my own practice, though, I find that drinking four glasses is adequate for the practice to be effective. I suggest that you experiment with the practice and see what is most effective for you. As for full SP, it is recommended that you practice full SP only once or maximum twice in a year. If your question is doing SP one week after LSP, then certainly you can do that. I would love to hear about your experience with full SP.

  • Dr.k.k.goel

    Please send the link for mini version instructions.

  • Dalibor Pavlik

    Hi Subash,

    Thank you for your article. It is good to see all the discussion too.

    I have constipation which is part of my CFS. I was using water enemas in the past six months, every day, to empty the bowels. However, I seem to need more and more water to do that. The stool seems to get stuck higher in the bowels. So I decided to find some other way how to work with my B-issue.

    I am think of practising my LSP every morning. I am trying to gother more info on LSP now. To encourage myself. You say that it is ok to practise LSP everyday. Would you be able to provide us with more resources on the fact that LSP can be done every day?

    Thank you,

    Dalibor

    • Hi Dalibor,
      I have sent you an email with the link for the LSP technique. Please share your experience with the practice. Thanks.
      Wishing you all the best in taking care of your constipation problems.

  • Jahnvi

    Hi Subhash,

    You have explained the process in detail.Thanks for that. I am planning to do SP coming monday. Have a few questions

    1) We drink 2 glasses of water and then do the 5 exercises repeating each one 8 times. Do we do exercise one then two then three then four and then five and this is one cycle which needs to be repeated eight times or do exercise one eight times and then proceed to second?

    2) Can we add salt and spices to the khichidi on day one( I dont mean chillies but many be asafoetida or
    fennel)

    3) If we do not get bowel movements after a set of exercise do we need to wait to get them before starting the next set or can we just drink water and start the new set of excercise

    4) Can you please send the pdf for SP and LSP.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    • Sorry for not responding to you earlier, Jahnvi. I was out of town during the Christmas time.
      Each exercise is done 8 times before proceeding to the next one.
      Yes, you can add small amounts of salt and spices to the khichadi.
      If you don’t get bowel movement, you may just want to sit on the toilet seat for a short time, then continue with the next set.
      I am sending the SP and LSP docs via email. Please update us with your experience. Thanks and all the best.

      • Jahnvi

        Hi Subhash,

        After months of planning I and my husband did SP today. Before I write my experience I would like to thank you for the wonderful blog which has been of help to many people.

        1) It took us around 3.5 hours and around 16 glasses of water for the process at the end of which mine was clear water with lil bit specks of solid(mustard size). I not sure whether I completed the procedure. Though I had the stamina to go ahead I had read somewhere that if we go beyond a point of clear water then bile is released. Do you know why this happened? My husband had light yellow color liquid.

        2) I felt like puking before my second round and felt like stopping but i didnt want to so I reduced the quantity of salt to 1.5tsp/lt and added some lime to it. I had read adding lime helps the process. One thing for readers who feel like puking after drinking water is to start tadasana immediately. It pulls the water down.

        3) We both ending up sleeping during the three hours of rest but I was ok after that and my husband had a mild headache for sometime after we got up.

        4) Someone mentioned that one has to go to the toilet only if there is a urge but from my experience its better to go after each set (5*8) of excercise and it helps you drink more water as water is evacuated during bowel movements.

        5) Suprisingly for us the asanas were getting easier with time(esp the last one) which seemed impossible first. May be that was practice.

        6) I would like to share a book with readers which helped me understand the asanas better.

        Regards,
        Jahnvi.

        • Hi Jahnvi,
          It is so nice to see that you and your husband both practiced the LSP successfully. As I mentioned in my own experience, I too had a slight coloration of the fluid coming out. So, I think you both did real well in your practice – congratulations!
          I am sure other readers would benefit from your experience.
          Thanks for sharing the link to the book. I have deleted the comment, as suggested.
          Subhash

  • M Van Ruijven

    Hello iam suffering from a paraciet. Now for 7 month. I am thinking of doing lsp. Does anybody has some experions with it. Is it so that it could kill the paraciet . Could you send the ibstructions. Of i made any mistakes in mine english ot is not mine mother language.
    Thank you and a good en haelthy new year
    Marjanne

    • Hi Marjanne, I don’t have any experience with the treatment of parasites with the practice of LSP. I am pretty sure it can not harm; on the other hand it can definitely help. I am sending you the instructions in an email. Let me know how it goes. Thanks and good luck!

  • Prabhakar Patil

    Dear Sir

    Thank you for giving information about laghushankhapraskhalan.If we do it daily is there any bad effect of it

  • Chidambar Deshpande

    Hello Subhash,

    Please send the links for LSP & SP.

    Regards,
    Chidambar

  • Himanshu Dhar pandey

    Subhash Sir,
    Please send me the links for LSP and SP
    Regards
    himanshu.

  • Usher

    Hallo Subhash,

    I’m disappointed that the Shanka Prakshalana didn’t go well. I started a bit late in the morning, at 9:00 am. I went to the toilet after drinking the first 2 glasses of sea salt water. I passed soft formed stool. I continued drinking up to 4 liters of water. But, I didn’t get an urge to pass the stool. So, I ended the procedure at 3:00 pm.

    I drank the first two glasses quickly and after that I slowed down. I performed the asanas pretty well. I took some rest as well. I have to accept that I’m always constipated.

    Could you please tell me, what did I do wrong? Thank you!

    • Hi Usher, I am sorry to see that you SP procedure didn’t seem to work for you. It is really hard for me to figure out what might have gone wrong. You may want to give it another try after maybe six months or so. I certainly wish you all the best.

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Thank You Sir for the link.
    Regards
    himanshu.

  • Himanshu Dhar pandey

    Day 1.
    Started at 7.15 am.
    Took one glass of warm saline water mixed with lemon juice.
    Did one round of 5 asanas 8 times each.
    Felt nothing.
    Took one more glass of above said warm water.
    Did one round of 5 asanas 8 times each.
    Went to the washroom. only urine came out and nothing.
    Took one more glass of above said warm water.
    Did one more round of five asnas 8 times each. This time I noticed some ‘HULCHUL’ in the stomach.
    went to washroom. Nothing happened.
    Took one more glass of water as said above.
    Did five asanas 8 times each.
    Went to wash room nothing happened.
    Took one more i.e. Fifth glass of above said water.
    Did one round of 5 asanas 8 times each. I literally felt as some ‘GAADHAA’ liquid is being pourd in my colon from the upper part of intestine. While I was doing ‘TIRYAK TADASANA’ and “KATICHAKRASANA’ I felt MOVEMENT in my intestines. While performing ‘TIRYAK BHUJANGASANA’ and more specifically ‘UDARAKARSANASANA’ Ifelt some thing pourd in every time when I turned my body to the right side.
    I went to the wash room. Now it was the D day. A semi liquid jet came out.
    Took one more glass of water i.e. the sixth glass.
    Did 5 asanas 8 times each.
    Went to waashroom. One more watery jet came out.
    Now I did not take water. But practised 5 asanas 8 times each and went to washroom. nothing happened.
    I stopped. Took rest for 1/2 an hour. Took bath with warm water.
    Ate ‘KHICHADI’ of Moong dal And Rice with Ghee. Took the same kichadi for my lunch and came to the office.
    It takes 2 hours to rach my office from my home. I used to release gas 15-20 times while I was travelling. In office also it was a continuing process. To day did not felt the urge to release gas neither while travelling nor in the office till writting to you. Thank you sir, very much. may GOD bless you.
    Regards
    himanshu.

    • Hi Himanshu,
      Thanks for sharing your experience with LSP in detail. I am glad to see that after trying for a while you were able to see good results. Please keep us posted with future progress with this practice. All the best.

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-1
    In the evening I hardly got any bowl movement. was hard and very little. During day hours I felt mild headache and mild burning sensation in eyes.
    In dinner I dined with “KHICHADI” mixed with “GHEE”. Will see in the morning what is the effect on bowl movements.

    With regards.
    Himanshu.

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-2
    Started at 6.00 am.
    Took two glasses of warm saline water mixed with lemon juice.
    Did one round of 5 asanas 8 times each.
    Felt nothing.
    Took two more glass of above said warm water.
    Did one round of 5 asanas 8 times each.
    Went to the washroom. only urine came out and nothing.
    Took two more glass of above said warm water.
    Did one more round of five asnas 8 times each. went to washroom. Nothing happened.
    Took two more glass of water as said above.
    Did five asanas 8 times each.
    After completing “KATICHAKRASANA’ I felt MOVEMENT in my intestines and had to rush to washroom. A semi liquid jet came out.
    I was just out of washroom. But had to rush once again in. A Liquid jet came out.
    After finishing just I was wishing to come out of washroom, I had to sit once more and more liquid with full force came out.
    Now I stopped taking water.
    Did one more round of 5 asanas 8 times each and went to washroom. nothing happened. Took 2-3 minutes walking in living room and did one more round of 5 asanas 8 times each and went to washroom. A little liquid (more water, less fine digested food material came.
    I stopped here practicing asanas. Took a rest for ½ an hour. Took bath with warm water.
    Ate ‘KHICHADI’ of Moong dal And Rice with Ghee. I had to go two more times to washroom. But only left over, in little quantity, watery fluid, came out.
    Today no mild headache, no mild burning sensation in eyes, no blotting after eating and no gas. No acidity. Feeling lighter and better than yesterday.
    Here one thing I want to know. If I practice it daily with saline water as described above, will I be in danger for High Blood Pressure? If I practice it for longer period on daily basis will it be habit forming. How long I can do it on daily basis?
    Thank you sir, very much. May GOD bless you.
    Regards
    himanshu.

  • Hi Himanshu,
    Looks like you are getting some good results with your LSP practice. Habit forming? Maybe – but it is a better habit than taking laxatives on a regular basis. As for BP, I don’t believe it should cause a problem if you use only a very small amount of salt. If you already have high BP, then you may like to avoid using salt. Otherwise, a pinch of salt should be OK.

  • Himanshu Dhar pandey

    Day-3
    better than Day-2. Feeling more light and cheerful. .

    Regards
    Himanshu Pandey.

  • Himanshu Dhar pandey

    Sir,
    1-May I do my regular yoga after LSP.
    If Yes.
    After what time period?
    Immediately
    or
    after giving some gap.
    Any Asana which may be refrained from practicing after LSP.

    2- I eat “khichadi with Ghee” after LSP in morning, regular food i.e. Daal, Rice, Chapati and Sabji in lunch and the same in Dinner.

    It was advised that one should eat khichadi in the evening the day before practising LSP. As I am practicing LSP on daily basis. Should I stick to Khidadi in evening (i.e. for ‘DINNER’) or may have normal diet.

    Thank you sir for guiding me.
    Regards
    himanshu

  • If you don’t feel any fatigue after LSP, you can do your yoga practice immediately after you are done with LSP. As for food, I have been eating regular meals even though I practice LSP every day. I think it is good to eat khhichadi every now and then but it is not necessary to do so the previous evening.

  • Himanshu Dhar pandey

    Thank you sir for guidance.
    ———————————————-

    Day-4, Not successful. I could not figure out what went wrong with my practice. Though the energy level was as usual as on third day. In the evening it was normal bowl movement.
    ———————————————-

    Day-5

    Morning hours-successful.

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-6 Not Successful.
    Day-7 Successful.
    Day-8 Successful.
    Day-9 Not Successful.
    Day-10 Not Successful.
    Day-11 Successful.

    On 11th day I feeling younger and more energetic than I was 11 days prior to practicing LSP.
    Thank you Sir, may god bless you.

  • Chidambar Deshpande

    Hello Himanshu,
    I really appreciate your efforts in practicing LSP on a daily basis and really motivates me to take up LSP. One thing i couldn’t understand is, what is meant by “Not Successful”.

    Hello Subhash,
    You also practice LSP daily, what’s your experience w/ LSP in terms of “Not Successful” on a particular day? What does it mean?

    Regards,
    Chidambar

  • Hello Chidambar,
    “Not successful” to me implies no bowel movement. I practice LSP on a daily basis and have been doing so for almost fifteen years now. I started the practice as I used to feel constipated on most days. In my experience, occasionally I just have to wait a little bit longer but for the most part I am “successful” in getting bowel movement. I have a feeling that gradually Himanshu’s practice will also be successful on majority of the days.
    Subhash

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-25
    Successful.
    I have reserved full LSP for saturdays and sundays onlt as it takes near about two hours to complete. I mean to get evacuated all the solid material and to get watery jet only. Even some times I was not successful in getting watery jet and felt bloated.
    Now I only practice LSP till I do not get bowel movement. Usually it takes 3 glass of water and three sets of 5 Asanas-8 times each. Today I got the bowel movements after taking 2 glass of lukewarm water and two sets of asnas. I feel my digestive tract is coming inline ‘n’ I too.

    Thank you sir. May god bless you.

    With best regards
    Himanshu Pandey

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-26
    Successful.

  • Dhara

    Please send me the information about how to do LSP

  • Himanshu Dhar pandey

    Day-27 Saturday
    Fully Successful.

    Day-28 Sunday
    Fully Successful.

    Day-29 Monday
    Ya, Successful.

  • Himanshu Pandey

    Day-30, Tuesday.
    Successful.

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-31 Successful.
    Day-32 Successful.
    Day-33 Successful.
    Day-34 I could not get bowl movements even after 3 glass of water and 3 sets of 5 asanas, 8 times each. I stopped at this point went for stroll. After 15-20 minutes I felt bowl movement. The possible reason I figure out for not getting bowl movement was that I over slept in the morning. Usually I leave the bed at 5 am but today I overslept. I will take care of it tomorrow.

  • Moisha

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience of the full SP.
    I have been willing to try it for a long time but didn’t dare to do it on my own. Could you be so kind as sending me the full process ? Furthermore, I sometimes have high blood pressure. Is there any risk linked to that practice in that case? Thank you very much for your help.
    Kind regards.
    Sylvaine

    • Hello Sylvaine, it is so nice to see that you would like to try the full SP practice. I am sending the link to the document via email. If you have BP which is uncontrolled despite medication, you may want to add only a very small amount of salt in the water. Otherwise, I don’t believe there is any harm in using the recommended amount of salt. I wish you all the best. Please do share your experience here.

  • Anna

    Hello Subhash,

    I am 7 month after the childbirth, giving breastfeat. Well smth like 3 weeks ago I did noticed that something was going on with my bowl… Together with it I become more lazy, sometimes feeling dizziness. But the last shock I got when I checke’d my weight and there I found 68kg, then day after labor were 65kg!!! Normal 58kg & I mean that’s happen in 2weeks!!! My shape use’d to be pretty stable 65kg last 6month. So this made me worry.
    I dont have constipation, but my daily routine has been changed. It use to be quick wright after woke up, now i can take my time…. At the evening i feeling gassy inside, seems like my hoses are mowing

    I started to pay more attention to my meals habit, But alsou I thought I’ll do some inside out washing.
    I did sport before i get pregnant, I am pretty got emotional statement. Now I’m planing to rehearsal for a week with asanas and a straight diet and then full LSP
    Well i am wondering what kind of kidney problem having people should not attent that?..In my childhood ones i has inflammation of the gallbladder.
    Do I need tightening stomach muscles & the body during asanas?..
    sea salt is that ok?..
    How much per 1liter?..
    Thank You so much!!
    Anna

    • Hi Anna,
      I am so glad that you are planning to practice LSP to address some of the issues that you seem to be facing now. Start out with the LSP technique first. Stay with it for some time. When you feel very comfortable with the technique and you also feel that you are getting the desired benefit from the practice, you can plan to do the full SP technique.
      The amount of salt should be just enough to make it taste salty. In one liter you can add about one teaspoon of salt. The water should be lukewarm in temperature.
      You don’t need to be in any kind of shape for the LSP practice. The asanas associated with it are quite simple and you should be able to do them easily.
      I wish you all the best,
      Subhash

  • Anna

    Hello again,
    Oh thank you so much Subhash!! I was a bit worrie about that salt.. You add to me a bit more of confidentce.. So every day more &more until I really be ready.

    Ann

  • Himanshu Dhar Pandey

    Day-50
    Successful.

  • Trey

    Please email me both links. Thank you for actively maintaining this blog for so long, it has been inspiring and informative.

  • Manoj

    Hi,
    I want to start lsp for colon cleanse. Pls send me docs, material, links so that i can prepare and exute

  • Diane

    I agree with Trey – thank you for maintaining the blog and the quick replies. I’d like to try the LSP if you would kindly email the program. I’ve always gone the herbal route and now Triphala doesn’t seem to work anymore.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Manoj

    Pls email me docs and links

  • Halei

    Hello Subhash,

    If you could please send me the links to both SP and LSP I would greatly appreciate it.
    I will share my experience here.

    Thank you

  • Himanshudhar Pandey

    Day-72
    I am feeeling better day by day. More energetic.
    Thanks Sir.

    With regrads
    Himanshu.

  • ivana

    plese can you send me sp and lsp instructions. thanks in advance

  • Rahul Singh

    Hi Sir,

    I am suffering from Constipation and fisher last 6 years .
    Advice me .
    If you could please send me the links to both SP and LSP I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you

    • Hi Rahul,
      I am sending you the SP and LSP links in an email. I hope you will find the information helpful and that the practice will help you with your health issues. Please let me know how it goes. All the best.

  • Sandeep Joshi

    It is fantastic way to cleanse your digestive system.Ouryoga guru Mr.Ramdas Thosar is a great person

  • Himanshu Dhar PAndey

    Day- 91
    I am fine. More energetic.
    Thanks Sir.

    With regrads
    Himanshu.

  • klingsor

    Hi,

    I am just doing the Sanka Praksalana and I had 23 cups (5,75l). I could only go twice to the toilet with the normal stool, since then nothing came out. Could you advice me, what I could do now?
    Shall I keep going? I might be able to drink a few more cups, but I feel sick and full of water.

    With best regards,
    klingsor

  • klingsor

    24 cups since almost 5 hours…

    • I am sorry that you are having trouble with the practice. Unfortunately I am not able to suggest any remedy. I wish you all the best.

      • klingsor

        what happens if I just stop? Did it actually clean the colon?
        should I also eat only rice?

        • Actually, in my case also, I had to finally stop even though nothing was coming out. It didn’t feel quite right at that time. However, after the bowel movement the next day it felt absolutely marvelous. Yes,the diet should still be the same – khichadi (rice-lentil cooked), as prescribed in the text.
          you may want to repeat the whole experience once again in about six months and see how it goes.

  • Vipin

    Hi Subhash,
    I was searching shank prachalan and I came across your blog which I find very useful for it gives details and a platform where people can interact and share views. I live in Toronto and have been facing health challenges for last 2 years. I believe that I have lyme disease and various symptoms show up. At the moment I am doing coffee enemas 2 to 3 times a day and passing a lot of mucus. I have done one shank prachalan way back 30 years ago in Swami Derendra bramchari’s ashram in Delhi and I must admit it was a good experience and afterwards I felt like new born.
    My Question is how long after laghu shank prachalan can I do coffee enema? That lead to my second question why would I need coffee enema after LSP. Coffee enema removes stagnant bile along with gallbladder stones from liver. Does LSP clear gallblader stones from liver and gallbladder?
    I am looking forward to a response.Also if you know any yoga practioner in Toronto who can help me do LSP and SP. And please send me detailed procedure of LSP and SP through email.

    Regards

    • Dear Vipin, I am sorry to learn of your struggle with Lyme disease. I am not familiar with coffee enema and am not able to make any recommendation that relates to its practice. The practice of LSP helps with cleansing the colon system quite well. And, of course, the full SP practice does an excellent job of cleansing the entire digestive system. Again, I am not aware of whether or not LSP or SP will help with Lyme. you may want to do some internet research to see if there is any such reference available. I am sending you the LSP and SP links via email. I would love to hear about your experience with the practice. Unfortunately, I don’t know of anyone in Toronto who might be able to guide you with the practice. I suggest you start with LSP following the instructions given in the document that I am sending. In the meantime you may ask around for someone in your area who can help you with SP. All the best.

  • Cherry

    Hi sir,
    I am staying in USA, after my delivery I gained alomost 10kgs weight and I have a hard stool problem also. Shankaprakshalana heard this from my friend and now I want to try this method, but am not finding any yoga teacher near my place, can I start this process alone. Is it safe? please suggest me…

    • Dear Cherry, the practice of Laghu Shankhaprakshalana (LSP) is considered safe and can be done frequently, even daily, if needed. However, the full SP needs many more precautions and must be learned either from a teacher or followed strictly as given in the book by the Bihar School of Yoga. I am sending you via email instructions for LSP. Try it out and let me know how it goes. All the best.

  • kshama

    Hi. I did my first ever LSP yesterday only. I was with my teacher. Was painful at start drinking the saline water. I had bowel movements only after the 11th glass of saline water. Before the bowel movements though I puked like 5 to 6 times of the saline water. Only then I had bowel movements. Then I had the khichadi without spices at all. I was requested to drink lots of water and eat only liquid food, no non-veg, milk, coffee during three days. On the first day I was feeling very tired and sleepy and I had a terrible headache which woke me up at night. 2nd day was better but feeling so hungry. And I had khichadi again. After reading all your articles, I am now willing to do this diet for the whole week. And after this 1 week, I will never ever look or cook khichadi…

    • Thanks, Kshama, for sharing your experience. I am surprised that it took you 11 glasses of saline water before bowel movement. I guess, everyone goes through their own individual experience. I understand how you feel about khichadi. However, it is considered good eating practice to eat khichadi every now and then to keep the stomach light. All the best!

  • Vivi

    Hello, please be so kind to mail me the link for the short and long versions of the colon cleansing. Thank you indeed!
    Vivi

    • Thanks, Vivi, for your interest in learning the colon cleansing routine. I am sending you the links via email. Please study the instructions carefully and follow the guidelines for the practice. I would appreciate your sharing your experience on the blog here.

  • Manoj

    First I thank you thousand times for this blog as it is useful for a lot of peoples and replying their problems also. I also want to do this yoga. If you could please send me the links to both SP and LSP I would greatly appreciate it. I want some question can i do LSP with my regular diet? How frequently I can do SP?
    I will share my experience here.

    • Dear Manoj, I am grateful to you for your kind words. I am sending the links via email.

      • Manoj

        Thanks for the links and LSP and SP techniqes, I have practice this today and my stomch completely empty. But I have one querry that after LSP can I go for normal diet? BecauseI am leaving in hostel and I can not manege to get khichadi with ghee can u suggest anything else that I can take after LSP?….

  • Dear Manoj, I understand your concern. Actually, after LSP there are no strict diet guidelines. The general guideline is that the first meal after the practice of LSP should be relatively light. Instead of khichadi, if you have access in your hostel, try to get simple rice and daal. You should give a gap of about one hour after the LSP to eat your breakfast/brunch which should be light. Hope this helps.

  • ronit

    sir i have ibs for last 5 years straight . bloating and constipation is just not ending ..i am happy to come through this blog and read the experiances..can u pls send the details of sp and lsp..i hope this might resolve my ibs….

  • Garg

    Dear Subhash – This is a wonderful post. I am looking to include LSP and SP in my routine. Can you please send me links you are referring to here?

  • Vishal Bhatia

    I did Laghu Shankh Prakshalan in May 2012.

    Had am amazing feeling after the Kriya. I had Frozen shoulder and IBS – all gone in 90 minutes.

    On the day prior to LSP eat a dinner of fruit juices and fruits. It helps. I needed to go the washroom just once during LSP.

    It makes your mind and body so light weight. I feel one can do it even 5-6 times in a year – avoid rainy and winter weathers.

  • Sunitha

    Hi, I would like to know the procedure of doing LSP.

    Thank you

  • lenswork

    hello subhash,

    thank you for this post. please email me the LSP procedure detailed thank you. i have ibs too.

    regards,
    lenswork imagination

    • Hi Lenswork, I am sending you the links in an email. Please share your experience here. Thanks.

      • Vishal Bhatia

        A good strategy to have a great LSP is to eat fruits for dinner and also have some fresh juice.

        I took a fruit bowl around 7 pm the evening before – NO KHICHDI.

        I had to use the washroom JUST ONCE POST LSP.

        Also if you have never done Jal Neti – learn that and do it for a week before LSP. It helps.

  • Great comment, Vishal! Thanks for sharing.

  • Deepak

    Hello Shri Subhash,
    Can you pls share the method of both the Laghu and Long way of Shankhaprakshalana in details and the precautions to be taken before and after the procedures.
    Also would appreciate if you could let me know the name of the Book which mentions the process about both of them.

    Can we perform Laghu Shankhaprakshalana daily and how much time it takes to complete? Is there same precaution as that of Full Shankhaprakshalana

    Looking forward to your early reply

    Regards
    Deepak

    • Hello Deepak, I am sending you the links to the two documents via email. The docs contain all the necessary procedures and precautions. The name of the book is “A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya “. It is from the Bihar School of Yoga by Swami Satyananda.
      Yes, it is safe to do the LSP practice on a daily practice, if that’s what your body needs. You may want to start with maybe once or twice a week and see how you feel. The total time to do LSP should be under fifteen minutes.

      • Vishal

        Subhash Jee

        Could you please send me that doc file as well on LSP? Thank You !!

        A good yog teacher always begins with LSP – am so impressed that you teach it.

      • Vishal

        Some useful tips from my end on LSP.

        1. Eat a fruit bowl + fruit juice the night before

        2. The Khichdi should be cooked in Sendha Namak and with excess ghee and a tinge of haldi – no jeera, no masalas etc.

        Jal Neti and LSP Water ingestion should be Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) water – ration 1 tsp in 1 litre of water.

        3. You have not mentioned about Kunjal Kriya and Jal and Sutra Neti – these are a must post LSP.

        4. Sutra Neti tip – apply Badam Rogan Oil or desi ghee to the Sutra

        5. Do Shashank Asan post LSP, Kunjal and Neti – it takes out any excess water from stomach

        6. Do Kapaal Bhatti and Yogic Nidra post LSP, Kunjal and Neti

        7. Eat excess ghee laden khichdi and drink warm water along with it – if you can get Chukkuvellam water – nothing like it. C’vellam is a Keralite concoction of herbs – mostly dried ginger based and very effective in digestion

        8. Try to sleep with no fan on post Kriya – even though some LSP Gurus say it bring in lethargy – the body needs immense rest

        • These sound like good tips. Could you please share the source for this information? Thanks.

          • Vishal

            1. Personal experience my yog teacher is an MSc in Yog.

            2. Youtube Videos by Baba Ramdev and other Yog Gurus also mention the same points.

            3. Read books such as the one from Bihar School of Yog + articles on the net.

            I found my yog teacher’s tips the best – not many will tell you to do Shashank Asan to take out any excess water from the stomach.

            Also the khichdi we got to eat was made from Organic Ghee – the calf was always fed Organic Chaaraa (fodder). It comes from a Gaushala in Bangalore (will get the name in another post).

            Chukuvellam is my idea – Keralites drink it after every meal. It gives water a light rose pink color tint and is very beneficial in digestion.

          • Vishal

            NEVER DO LSP ON A DAILY BASIS.

            The most frequent one can do is it on a weekly basis and its said if done for 12 consecutive weeks it permanently reverses diabetes.

            ALTERNATIVE TO LSP IS TTK KRIYA (MENTIONED BY BIHAR SCHOOL OF YOG)

            TTK stands for Tad Asana, Tiryak Tad Asana and Kati Chakra Asana

            Wake up in the morning.

            Drink 2 Glasses of lukewarm water and then do 10 rounds of Tad Asana.

            Repeat it for another 2 glasses of water then Tiryak Tad and then again 2 glasses and Kati Chakra Asana.

            This is a therapy which can be DONE ON A DAILY basis and is a fairly ok therapy for those constipated.

            Even in LSP typically around 5th-6th glass the bowel movement begins.

          • Hi Vishal,
            Here is an excerpt from the book by Bihar School (introductory para in the chapter on LSP) “It can be done daily as part of your early morning routine, or it can be performed occasionally whenever it is justified.” Could you please provide a source for your information that it should NEVER be done daily? Also, could you provide the page/chapter in BSY book where TTK is described? Thanks.

          • Vishal

            Will email you the TTK Kriya – I have it some where as a doc file.

            Regards LSP not to be done daily is that the saltish water really dries up the inner lining of the GI Tract. My yog teacher said once a week is fine.

            Its mentally a tough practice – if you include Kunjal, Neti in it, it takes 90 mins. Not many can endure it.

  • Vishal

    KAVALA GANDOOSH (Important Yogic/Ayurvedic mouth rinsing Kriya)

    Take 1 to 2 tsp of white sesame oil (safed til oil in Hindi). Swish it in your mouth for say 5-10 minutes – later you can progress to more.

    It cures all mouth related disorders – no need for Listerine, Plax etc.

    Dirt cheap to do – safed til oil costs just Rs. 100/litre in Delhi if taken from a cold oil presser (Kohlu).

    Boycot Listerine/Plax – they are harmful.

  • Vishal

    CONCEPT OF JATRAGINI (THE GASTRIC FIRE)

    NEVER drink water after the main meals. Doing so extinguishes the Jatragini (The Gastric Fire) and converts our food into Uric Acid.

  • Miroslava

    Hi! Could you tell me please how long time after my fasting, can I make a sankhprakshalana? Thank you! Miroslava

  • shaan

    Sir
    Thanks for such a valuable information. U hv been doing a good job to get people out of their miseries as having fit body and mind is the ultimate happiness.
    As it is said “nirogi kaya” is the biggest happiness one can maintain throughout one’s life.
    Sir, I hv been suffering from stomach ailments for 5-7 years now and I hv also thought of committing suicide at times but after reading your post and your experience I request you to kindly grant me wisdom on this issue.

    If by god’s grace I am well again that will be my rebirth and I’ll be thankful to you throughout my life.
    I hope u’ll reply soon.

    thanking you

    • Vishal

      TRY LSP – it will cure your stomach ailments for sure.

      In case you are based in India and esp New Delhi – try meeting Mota Vaid’s son in Sarai Kale Khan – he is the leading Nadi Chikitsa – reading your pulse for your tridoshas. Ayurvedic Doctor.

      Also try consuming Aloe Vera from Forever Living – possibly the best in the world.

      Good luck with LSP – nothing comes close to it – personal experience.

      Vishal / New Delhi, India.

    • Hi Shaan, I think you will benefit from attending regular yoga classes in your area. As a part of the yoga practice, you may want to include the practice of LSP for giving relief to your stomach. I wish you all the best.

  • Valia

    Hello,

    Thank you for this informative post and for the time you take answering all the comments.
    I have been planning to do SP for years (I used to watch my mother do it when I was a kid), but I have low blood pressure issues and was told it would require supervision. I would like to try LSP once a week though, could you please send me the details?

  • krishnan

    Do you or anyone reading this have personal experience of lowering blood sugar after doing this practice? I’ve done the full one three times in my life, each time with wonderful experience. I did this only once after I became diabetic, but did not record my sugar readings on that day or on the days following it. Some people, such as Swami Ramdev, have popularized it in his camps and he says that the blood levels are checked every day and they have found that it falls dramatically over several days after doing Shankaprakshalana. Anyone with firsthand blood glucose readings before and after?

    • Good question, Krishnan. I don’t have any personal experience with it. Hopefully some of the other readers would care to comment.

    • Vishal

      Yes while doing LSP be very careful if you are diabetic or have low blood pressure issues.

      Doing LSP over 12 consecutive weeks (interval of 7 days between each LSP session) permanently reverses diabetes – meaning you get cured of diabetes forever.

      Also be very careful about water retention post LSP – for this 2 minutes in SHASHANK ASAN is a MUST – not many teachers will tell you this.

      Body temperature also drops.

      A good but not so effective Kriya is the TTK Kriya – drink 2 glasses of just lukewarm water and do Tad Asan then again 2 glasses of water and do Tiryak Tad Asan and the 2 glasses and Kati Chakra Asan – this you can do EVERY DAY.

      I taught a neighborhood chemist Jal Neti a few days back – he had severe Maxillated Sinus – whatever that means and as usual was being coaxed for surgery by money hungry allopath doctors. He says he has had huge relief in just 4-5 days and says he feels he doesnt need any surgery. He is now eagerly awaiting me teaching him Sutra Neti.

      Spread the good word around about Yog – dont cling onto information if you have about Ayurved and Yog. I have personally now cured people of Sinusitis, hyper acidity, IBS, arthritis and even women’s disorders, migraine etc.

  • S.Seenivasan

    Dear Subhash,

    Pl send me the 2 links about the Shankhaprakshalan.

    Thanks
    S.Seenivasan
    Singapore

  • Irina

    Dear Subhash,
    I would appreciate if you could send me the links as well.
    Much obliged,
    Sincerely,
    Irina

  • Aisha

    Hi Subhash,
    I would really appreciate it if you could send me the links too. I am looking forward to complete Shankhaprakshalan in the coming week.

    Much thanks!!

  • Chidambar

    Hello Subhash,

    I tried doing Laghu Shankhaprakshalana, consuming 2 glasses of warm salted water. During every asana waited for 5 seconds in the breath-holding mode. After first set of 5 asanas 8 times, I got so tired, I couldn’t continue further. Can you pl suggest something on this?

    Regards,
    Chidambar

    • Hi Chidambar,
      I understand how doing each asana five times can get challenging. My suggestion would be to start by doing each asana three or four times and see how it goes. That way, you can go through the suggested amount of water, along with the asanas and hope to get good results.

  • Vishal

    Bihar School of Yoga has come out with a new book exclusively on Shankh Prakshalan – not yet available online.

    Price is Rs. 150.

  • Vishal

    Did TTK Kriya this morning – good relief – something which can be done every day if one cannot do LSP.

  • Vishal

    Organics India – bought their Cow Ghee at Aarogya India – exhibition at Pragati Maidan.

    Simply awesome even though its a tad expensive at Rs. 550/ 1/2 kilo !!

  • Keng Onn

    Hi Subhash, thanks so much for sharing your experience on SP (and LSP)! I was Googling for more information and I found your site :). Currently, I’m experiencing an extremely bad outbreak of eczema (with weeping sores -_-) and I think it has to do with my recent attempt at dry-fasting / reducing food intake (resulting in constipation [my frequency of bowel movement has dropped to once every 2 or 3 days :(). I’m thinking of trying LSP (and later, SP), would you mind emailing me the links / doc on the procedures to follow? Would really, really appreciate your help! I’m looking into buying the book too, but it takes quite some time before it will arrive… ><

    • Hello Keng,
      I am sorry to learn of your eczema and constipation issues that came up as a result of fasting. I haven’t heard of this kind of reaction from fasting before. I certainly hope the practice LSP and SP will help you with your situation. I am sending the links via email. Please share your experience here. Thanks.

      • Keng Onn

        Thanks!

        I tried LSP on Tuesday morning, and it was very effective :). I went to toilet around the 5th glass, and I had another one shortly after doing all the asanas. However, it took me around 1.5 hrs to finish everything (warming up the water, mixing in the salt, checking to make sure I was doing the asanas correctly, and visiting the toilet). I did 2 LSP two more times, on Thursday, as well as this morning (Sunday), and the total time I took stabilized to around 1 hr.

        My constipation issues appear to be resolved, but my eczema didn’t clear up, unfortunately :(, I’ll keep doing this and see how it goes…

        Thanks so much for all your advice and support, Subhash! :)

  • Ralu

    hello, I wanna try it to. what i want to know is that it is safe if i got hemorrhoid?it cures or it is helpful in any way? thanks!

    • Dear Ralu, I am glad that you would like to try out the practice. Unfortunately, I don’t have a definitive answer for you as to whether it is fully safe if you have hemorrhoids. As per the text from Bihar School, the only caution given is to avoid it in case of ulcers. My gut feeling is that it may help since hemorrhoids are usually caused by constipation. LSP/SP practice helps in relieving constipation. I suggest it is worth a try. Let us know how it goes.

  • Vipin

    Dear Subhash,
    I have been doing LSP for last one week with very good results. My bowels clear very well and in the last I pass almost clear water.

    My question is can I do it daily? I use appox 2 liters of salt water. How about eating? Is it must to eat rice and dal within one hour of LSP or that is only if I am doing SP?

    I find it very powerful and have read extensively about SP. I have read that it removes blockages of nadis and chakras and has profound effect on body. What is your opinion on this?

    • Hi Vipin,
      My suggestion would be to do the practice daily only if you need to. Otherwise, if you are getting good results with, maybe, once or twice a week, then you may want to practice it accordingly. As you may have read in the LSP instructions, there are really no restrictions related to diet. If you practice it on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, it is a good idea not to overeat or eat heavy, oily foods. Keeping the diet light is always helpful.
      As regards its impact on nadis and chakras, my information is also only based on what I read in books. I really don’t have any opinion as I have no direct experience in that area.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>