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The 5-minute yoga detox: A simple but effective practice to cleanse the body

Updated: May 11, 2018

Something easy you can do every morning to promote overall health

There are several options for cleansing when it comes to yoga and some techniques have been deemed to be a bit more invasive than others. Fortunately there are choices that are simple, yet effective. This traditional yoga series is a version of the Shankha Prakshalana Kriyas; shankha meaning conch and prakshalana meaning to cleanse. Here the conch is considered the bowels and excretory system, and the water we drink along with the movements or kriyas, produce the cleansing and eliminating effect.


This simple, ancient technique is suitable for those in general good health. For best results, perform this set when you wake up in morning before you have eaten or eliminated. If you are pregnant or menstruating, please do not partake in this practice.


Begin in malasana, squatting down to the floor. In this position, drink 250 ml to 500 ml (1-2 cups) of room temperature water. If you are not able to squat, you may sit comfortably in a cross-legged position on the floor. You must drink water for this practice. Do not substitute the liquid for tea or another beverage.