The yoga cleansing practices that form the basis of this retreat are called the Shatkarmas (6 Actions). Taken from the branch of Hatha Yoga these practices are recognised as having a deep cleansing action on all levels of our being - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The process is an exact science and cannot be learned at home or from a book. Making the guidance of an accomplished teacher essential to provide over-sight and care both during the practice and for the next week.
To enhance the experience the retreat dates have been carefully chosen to coincide with the New Moon – a time of letting go and releasing, and the advent of Spring – a time of renewal and re-birth. It’s an ideal way and time to cleanse your body, clear your mind and recharge your energy.
Participants have a choice of 2 cleansing options depending upon their level of experience and any relevant health issues. Both options involve repeating a specific sequence of asanas (postures). Each repetition is interspersed with ingesting a warm saline solution i.e. drinking 2 cups of warm salty water between each round of asana.
Option 1 - Lagoo is the short form intestinal wash, followed by Kunjal (stomach wash) & Neti (nasal wash). There are no specific prerequisites for this option.
Option 2 - Poorna (full) Shanka (conch) prakshalana (to wash completely), is the long form intestinal wash, followed by Kunjal & Neti. This is known as the full master cleanse and is more suited to the practitioner who is already comfortable and familiar with the short form intestinal wash and other cleansing practices.
Pre-requisites for Option 2:
- Previous experience with hatha yoga cleansing practices
- Willingness to rest for the week, and
- Willingness to commit to careful diet and lifestyle measures for a further 3 weeks (a total of one month following the practice).
Following the cleansing practice (morning of the 3rd day - Monday), participants will be supported for the remainder of the retreat with a general daily program that will include a gentle early morning asana (yoga postures) class, sessions on yoga philosophy, ayurvedic cooking and lifestyle workshops, yoga nidra (relaxation meditation), massages and plenty of space to rest and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Narasoma Retreat Centre. Read more about Narasoma below.
While anyone can practice these techniques, you are recommended to consult your physician if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, gastric ulcers or are pregnant. Please check the relevant box on the application form if you are planning to undertake the full cleanse.
Narasoma Retreat Centre
Monkey Forest Rd
No 35 Beji Lane
Coralie Casey - 0474 226 448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Girishaa Westley - 0400 494 166 email@example.com
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