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Shat Kriyas: The Cleansing Practices

Sun, Moon, and Fire: Philosophy of Hatha Yoga

The shat kriyas (six actions) are perhaps the least widely adopted in today’s hatha yoga, but these purifying practices offer wide-ranging health benefits confirmed by modern science. By bringing balance to the pranic body, these six cleansing actions can positively affect the vagus nerve to calm the central nervous system and aid digestion. Sandra Anderson demystifies the shat kriyas and offers advice for how and when they should be implemented in a yoga routine.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 9 mins

About the Teacher

Sandra Anderson

Senior faculty at the Himalayan Institute, Sandy teaches yoga, meditation, and philosophy, and is a key instructor in the Institute's teacher training programs. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and a frequent contributor to the Himalayan Institute's online Wisdom Library. Her work draws on her immersion in the living oral tradition, traditional texts of hatha yoga and tantra, training in Sanskrit, and her background in environmental science. A long-time resident at the Himalayan Institute with a diverse background and life experience, Sandy has a unique capacity to convey the richness of spiritual life in the contemporary world.

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