Yoga for Infertility

A recent question from a reader: Theres a bunch of resources on the internet prescribing certain poses to increase the chances of fertility (Viparita Korani, baddha konasana, shoulder stand) Is there any science behind this? No doubt the stress relief element of yoga will help successful conception, but do shoulder stands? And if so, is […]

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Vamana Dhauti Flabby Stomachs

A readers comment and accompanying illustrations: I’ve always wondered whether the average, non-yogic stomach is indeed flabby as we draw it onto the whiteboard. I was taught that vamana dhauti would make the stomach less flabby, otherwise said, it would shape up, so that the lower part of the stomach that in my drawing holds […]

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Warning: Vamana Dhauti

Vamana dhauti is a daily kriya (kunjal kriya), or cleansing technique, that some yogis use daily to cleanse the stomach of mucus.  Its self induced vomiting. Theres a question regarding the true yogic basis of this technique, and from a physiological and medical perspective, vamana dhauti as a Yoga detox method does little to help an aspirant and can […]

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Why Say No to the Master Cleanse

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Master Cleanse, it’s a cleansing program from the 1950s that’s developed a cult-like following. Believers drink only water mixed with maple syrup, the juice of fresh lemons, and a touch of cayenne pepper. It’s cool to cleanse, and the Master Cleanse just sounds like it must […]

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Eating Clay

A reader expressed the following comment after reviewing the recently posted The Yoga of Fasting: Is it Good for you or Not?: “In your interesting article about fasting, you omit something about fasting with water which has been added with clay.  I know first hand that in that way even 28 day fasting is less dangerous.” […]

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Salt and Iodine

Wise gurus from the ancient past tell us to stay away from salty foods in classic Yoga texts like the Gheranda Samhita (5:23) and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (1:59). Modern medicine, too, recommends with increasing fervor that we don’t eat salty foods. We need to limit our overall intake of sodium, which is half of sodium chloride, or regular common […]

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