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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

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Sandra Anderson

For over 25 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga practice and theory with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. With a background in the natural sciences and studies in classical Sanskrit, along with frequent pilgrimages to India, Sandy has a rare capacity to eloquently convey the richness of spiritual life in our contemporary world. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and was a contributing editor and columnist for Yoga International magazine. She is now a frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com, offering instructional videos, workshops, and articles. Sandy leads trainings and retreats both nationally and internationally, and at the headquarters of the Himalayan Institute.

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