This new year’s resolution should not only include a full fledged work out on a regular basis but also a regular detoxification and cleansing process which would allow you to optimize your resolve to lead a wonderfully healthy lifestyle starting from the year 2015.

Despite the many strictures, we impose upon ourselves, over indulgence of rich and unhealthy food, especially in the last quarter of every year, which is abandoned with festivity and celebration, has become a regular feature of our life. Over indulgence leave our system sluggish and tired and thereby making it susceptible to toxin accumulation. And thus, we commence the never - ending journey of getting fit with hardcore workout. 

As per “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, a classic Sanskrit manual, “when different systems of the body have been purified, the overall result is that energy can flow through the body freely”. This article is all about “LaghooShankhaprakshalana”. In LaghooShankhaprakshalana, water is taken in from the mouth goes through throat to the stomach, from the stomach to the small intestine, from small intestine to the large intestine and finally comes out through the anus. This process replicates the cleansing of a conch and is namedLaghooShankhaprakshalana. 

Laghooshankhaprakshala is one of the most important yogic kriya that helps bring down the blood glucose levels. It should be done in the morningon an empty stomach. No beverage or fruit should be consumed before this detoxification process. 

The process
l    Prepare three liters of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of salt for every liter. The water should taste only mildly salty. 
l    Drink two glasses of the prepared concoction in quick succession. 
l    Perform the below mentioned five asanaseight times each at a steady pace without taking a break. 
l    Drink two more glasses of the water and repeat the five asanas eight times each again.
l    Finally, consume the last two glasses of water and repeat the asanas eight times each. 
l    You should get the urge to cleanse your digestive system. If not, wait for a few minutes and the urge would eventually be upon you. 

Blood sugar level falls dramatically after this hence modify insulin dosage accordingly.


Stand with the feet together. Stretch your arms up above your head, interlock your fingers and turn your palms upwards to the ceiling; Stretch your whole body from your toes to your fingers. Inhale, raise your heels up, exhale and drop it down with force. Repeat 8 times. 


TrikayaTadasana (side bending)
 Assume the same posture as the previous one but this time, with your legs apart. Exhale and bend to the right as much as possible. Inhale come back to the middle, exhale and bend to the left as much as possible. This is one set. Repeat 8 such sets.


Kati Chakrasana (waist rotating)
Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor with an inhalation. Keeping the feet flat on the floor, exhale as you twist the upper body to the right side, wrapping the right arm behind the waist and the left hand onto the right shoulder. Turn the head fully to the right to look behind; Inhale back to the center, exhale as you twist to the opposite side. Return to the center. Repeat 8 times.


TiryakaBhujangasana (Twisting Cobra)
Perform Bhujangasana. Exhale and twist the upper part of the body to the right to look at your right heel; inhale come back to the original position, exhale and twist the upper body to the left to look at your left heel. Repeat 8 times.


Udarakarsasana (abdominal massage) 
Sit in squat position. Place your left knee on the floor; rotate right knee  clock wise & anti-clock wise in circular motion 8 times; relax and raise left knee off the floor and this time rest right knee on the floor; rotate right knee clockwise and anticlockwise 8 times.

On completion of the entire practice, rest for half an hour. Keep yourself warm, and try not to sleep. 

After resting, eat khichdi – prepared withmoong dal & rice.Add 1-2 teaspoon of ghee before eating. It is important to have ghee to create the inner lining of the food pipe, which would have been washed away due to the saline water. Try to eat light during the rest of the day, avoid refined or non-veg food & alcohol. Practice once a month. 

The writer is the founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya and has been a practitioner of Yoga since 2000. She is an M.A. in Yogashashtra and MBA in Finance & HR, from USA. Her client base includes industrialists, athletes, bollywood stars, patients etc. She can be contacted at or